Monday, April 11, 2011

Teen Cars

The question of what car is best for an inexperienced teenage driver is discussed in this article by the Wall Street Journal. The word on the street... get it.... is that parents need to forget pick-up trucks and subcompact cars when they are deciding on what to get their princess to drive. If you were wondering what subcompact is think Smart Car or Dodge Neon. The most important issue with teen drivers is their safety so the pick-up truck is too easy to roll in an accident and lets face it the Smart Car isn't all that smart when it rams into a Suburban and it's smashed like a bug on a shoe. So a bunch of people have decided that the safest cars are the compact cars, Toyota Camry, crossover type cars, Honda CRV, and believe it or not SUVs, like the Suburban that smashed our Smart Car earlier. Obviously the bigger the car the safer the driver, but also a larger car means more distractions. What does this mean for car buyers in the market? Will we see an increase in SUV sales and a decrease in subcompact car sales? How does the spike in gas prices affect the buying process for these parents?

8 comments:

  1. I somewhat disagree with these statements. Smart Cars are produced by one of the leading car companies in the world, Mercedez Benz. Countless safety features are put into this car. You ask the question, "Will we see an increase in SUV sales and a decrease in subcompact car sales? " At this point in time is more than likely a no. The sale of small cars will continue to increase as the gas prices remain at an all time high.

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  2. I feel safest when I am driving my truck. I would feel safe in an SUV too, but not in a small car especially the smart cars. A bunch of us actually picked one up in the parking lot and moved it. There is just not enough of the car to sustain itself. I guess if everyone had the really small cars and there was nothing big on the streets to get hit by then a small car wouldn't feel as unsafe.

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  3. SUVs are defintely very safe vechicles. I could defintely see why they are considered such safe vechicles. I alwaysa feel very safe whenever I'm inside of an SUV. The main thing holding back SUV sales is the ridiculous gas prices.

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  4. I don't know about smart cars, as far as I can tell, my truck would eat one of them. SUVs are by far the safest, and miles per gallon compared a truck aren't nearly as bad. If I were going to go for safety I'd go with an SUV.

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  5. Payne, do you think that parents will overlook safety as a main issue when it comes to their children? Gas prices are ridiculous but is it really all that much when it comes to the safety of your child?

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  6. Buy a car myself I understand the parents want for the safest car possible. On top of that price which is always a concern when buying a big-ticket item. Is what people are paying for the true price for the good of the product one is receiving? Although these big cars may be the safest it will take a big toll perhaps on the companies if they must be able to mass-produce these cars. This requires them to have enough products to make these bigger cars, but in return does that mean the company needs to raise prices in order to make what they would consider and big enough profit. Instead of a "big" car or a "small" car i also believe looking at a compact car like a Toyota Sudan is what would be best for multiple people. There are a variety of cars people can choose from that is under the standard of a compact car. This in return could make the car company happy as well as perspective parents.

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  7. Every parent wants their teen to have the safest car possible, but at the same time parents don’t want to have to pay a lot for gas. Gas prices have rose in the past month and parents want the car that gets the best millage. Although SUVs and big cars are usually the safer cars, the cost for gas is higher than the price for gas in smaller car or a hybrid. The demand for hybrids is going to increasingly rise due to the fact that they don’t need gas as much as other cars do. Since the demand for hybrids should increase, also the supply for hybrids will increase, because not only does it require less gas it is also environmental friendly. Besides all of this, parents these days are willing to get their children whatever car they want. Some parents do not care about the safest but the brand while others care about the price and safety. Subcompact cars are going to be less popular if SUVs are proven to be safer. No matter what type of car the parents are going to buy for their teens, they are going to be paying more for gas, due to an increase in gas prices.

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  8. I feel as if this is a very good point. Being a new driver that's exactly what my parents did- they went straight for the SUV's and got me the Nissan Murano. As much as us "princesses" want the cute little sports car, or the new honda civic coupe, or a BMW 3 series, etc the true fact is that is it safe enough for us teenage drivers? It really isn't and i've seen that with a lot of people around me. If the fact that SUV's are safer cars for us, teenage drivers, the subcompact cars are going to become drastically unpopular. There are probably more teenage drivers/ college drivers around recently then there have been prior. People are always looking to buy their kids the safest cars. So any company could easily prove themselves. As for gas, a lot of people might choose not to buy SUV's because gas is a killer on it and you're constantly filling up. And recently with the gas prices being so ridiculously high it makes people rethink the thought of getting a safe car vs. gas prices... 18.5 mpg is horrible compared to a good 25-30 mpg for a subcompact car.

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