Young drivers urged to buy new cars

Young drivers will be safer in newer cars, suggests research analysing road accident fatalities in male drivers under 20-years-old.

The study by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) revealed that those who died were more likely to have been driving an older car that may have been in poor condition or had fewer safety features.

Advice for young motorists on purchasing a car for the first time includes ensuring the vehicle has three - or preferably four stars - in the adult rating category of the New Car Assessment Programme rating.

Thinking aboutcar insurance , a car in group three or below is ideal and vehicles in these categories include numerous smaller models which could mean cheaper premiums.

It's also vital to read the small print on a manufacturer's warranty, in case there are mileage restrictions. This applies to many used cars as well as new ones as they're often still covered.

And remember that different cars depreciate in value at different speeds.

Neil Greig, director of research at IAM, said: "A new car won't be an option for everybody but there are plenty of used cars that will be almost as good - you do need to do some thorough research though."

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