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.