The Best Cars For New Drivers

Is your teenager driving a pass-me-down vehicle? Sometimes, the new driver in the home gets lucky and is given the old family car ride as their first vehicle but, before handing over the keys, put safety first! Check to see if the car meets certain safety criteria:

  • You drivers can resist the urge to test the limits by avoiding cars with high horsepower.  
  • Larger and more heavier vehicles provide better protection in case of a collision.
  • Check to see if the vehicle has Electronic Stability Control (ESC). This feature is an absolute must for inexperienced drivers, it helps a driver maintain control of the vehicle on curves and slippery roads.
  • The car should have the best safety ratings possible.

Most inexperienced driver’s start off with a vehicle that could afford a few dings and scratches.  After all, there may be some bad parking jobs and hops over curbs during the learning curve.  Learning to drive on a really expensive vehicle isn’t always the best idea so, here 10 best cars under $20,000 that you could start them off with:

2016 Honda Civic —  $18,640
2017 Hyundai Elantra — $17,150
2016 Ford Fiesta —  $14,580
2017 Subaru Impreza
2016 Mazda Mazda3 — $17,845
2016 Volkswagen Jetta — $17,680
2016 Jeep Compass — $19,695
2017 Fiat 500 — $14,995

In addition to safety and cost, it’s also important for new car owners to learn about car maintenance if they want this vehicle to last. You can schedule a preventative maintenance service with your local auto repair shop in Oakville to ensure the vehicle is getting the appropriate maintenance as it requires such as, engine oil changes, brake repairs and maintenance, tire checks and alignment, spark plugs, hoses, and belts. Contact your local Master Mechanic in Oakville to get more information on maintenance services.

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What’s the Difference Between Regular and Premium Gas Anyway?

For most people, the initial choice would be to put regular gas into their vehicles because it costs less, but you can’t help asking if premium gas is really worth it.  

The main difference between regular, mid-grade, and premium gasoline is the octane level.  A higher octane level contributes a more efficient burn in the combustion chamber.  When you are making your selection at the pump, you’ll notice that most gas stations offer three levels of octane which will be the large number indicated on the button:  Unleaded 87, Plus Unleaded 89, and Premium Unleaded 91-93.  The higher the octane level, the higher the price.  Premium gas does give a slightly better fuel economy however, some may argue that it’s not worth the big price gap from regular gas which typically costs about 15 to 20 cents less per gallon than premium.

When to consider premium gas

Although regular octane gas is recommended for most vehicles, your best bet is to check your owner’s manual.  There are a handful of cars with high compression engines, like sports cars and certain luxury cars, need mid-grade or premium gasoline to prevent knocking.  This would be the only time you would need to consider filling up with premium gas.

It may seem that filling up with premium gas is like giving your car a treat, but if your car doesn’t require it then it really doesn’t offer any benefit, it will only end up costing you more.  The only way to ensure your car is performing at it’s best is to keep on top of a regular car maintenance schedule.

Get in touch with your local Master Mechanic and ask about schedules preventative maintenance services which includes, oil changes, filter changes, and general services.  Give your car a well-needed “spa” day at the best auto repair shop in Toronto, contact Master Mechanic today!