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How To Check Vehicle Safety Ratings

By Joel - July 10th, 2012 05:42 AM

Before you purchase any vehicle, whether it’s new or a used car for sale, you should know the safety rating.  After all, accidents can happen and not matter what kind of vehicle you own, used, damaged, or repairable, you’ll want it to protect you as much as possible.  Luckily, there are websites to help you determine a vehicle’s safety:

  1. Kelly Blue Book (www.kbb.com)
    Yes, the reliable guide to buying and selling a car also provides safety ratings and a five star rating system for the safety components of a vehicle.
  2. Edmunds.com (www.Edmunds.com)
    This site has almost everything you need to know about a vehicle:  new car buying information, safety information, recalls and forums where people post reviews of their cars.  In addition to the statistical safety ratings, you get the practical experiences of owners.
  3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (www.nhtsa.com)
    This organization is the main rating agency for vehicles.  NHTSA has a five star rating system for most late model vehicles in the U.S. and is the source for safety ratings that are mentioned in the news, on blogs, and almost anywhere else.
  4. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (www.IIHS.com)
    This organization does much of the same work as NHTSA except that it rates cars specifically for the insurance industry. You’ll want to visit this site because the ratings here affect the insurance premiums on a car.
  5. CrashTest.com (www.crashtest.com)
    This site compiles safety ratings and information from around the world, so you can see how the same car rates in various countries.
Vehicle safety ratings are easily available and it behooves you to take advantage of this information.  Better to be safe than sorry!

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