I am looking for a second hand car to purchase for my 18-year-old son. Ideally the maximum price would be $10,000. He is tall and active. What would you recommend that is safe, has good economy, and is good value?
Buying for an 18-year-old male is a difficult task. What you think he should drive is probably not what he would like to have. The best approach is to buy the latest model you can afford, because that will be the safest, have the best economy, and be worth the most when you want to sell or trade it. Your budget would suggest a four-cylinder small car of around 2012/13. Something like a 2013 Toyota Corolla would get you 5-star safety, be quite economical, and relatively easy to sell later on.