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Beyond the aesthetics: what to look for in a new car

You’ve decided that it’s time to retire your car to the shed and upgrade to a newer model. You may even know the exact car that you want to buy and are ready to make the commitment. You’re enticed by the car’s aesthetics, luxury features and maybe even the bargain price tag that comes with it. But, while the salesman may boast about the good deal you’re getting, the safety of the vehicle should be at the forefront of your mind. Researching ahead of time may be your best bet at finding the safest and sophisticated car for you.

Here are a few things to consider before selecting your new ride.

Crash-test ratings

Unless you dabble in fortune-telling, chances are you won’t be able to predict that an accident will be in the cards. As such, you want to ensure that your car will be able to withstand any sudden surprises. Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) allow you to search the crashworthiness of your vehicle. Such tests can include how a vehicle handles rollovers, front, rear and side collisions. Conducting research on a car that peaks your interest may help prevent you from sustaining substantial injuries in the event of a crash.

Safety features

Luckily, the newer the car the more safety features it is likely to offer. Such features can include emergency braking, collision avoidance and blind-spot warning systems. Every car that is made from 2018 on will also be required to have backup cameras. By selecting a car with the greatest number of safety features, you can better your chances of staying safe on the road.

It is also critical that you properly maintain your vehicle. It can be a good idea to doublecheck your tires and traction control, conduct routine maintenance checks and follow up on any maintenance concerns. Purchasing a new vehicle can be exciting, but taking extra caution upfront can ensure that both you and your family will stay safe on your next summer road trip.

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