Quick Kelley poll finds most prefer junior's first car to be certified

A recent online survey by Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence offers an interesting snapshot about attitudes when it comes to teens and car ownership.

Just over half the folks who responded to the question "Should a teen's first car be new or used?" said junior's first ride should be used.

We're not talking just about beaters; 30 percent gave the nod to certified used vehicles. These late-model used cars and trucks are cosmetically and mechanically reconditioned and are covered by manufacturer warranties. You pay more, but you get more, too. Just a hair over 20 percent said used, but not certified.

Another 28 percent passed the buck -- but not the cash -- saying it all depends on what junior can afford; 11 percent say teens shouldn't own cars; I guess that leaves junior taking his date to the prom in the family minivan. Seven percent says it doesn't matter, and 3 percent say a teen's first set of wheels should be new.

Kelley doesn't tout the poll as scientific. The results, it says, are the opinions of kbb.com visitors who identified themselves as "in-market" to buy or sell a vehicle and agreed to take part in the one-question survey.

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