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Five Safety checks to make before buying your next used car

Used Car Safety Checks 

There are many steps you must take when buying a quality used car to ensure you get the right one. However, there is one step you must not forget when shopping for a used car, and that is to make sure it can offer you the safety protection you need on the road. The following information will provide you with the five used car safety checks you should make before buying your next used car. 

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Five Used Car Safety Checks to Perform Before Buying 

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  1. Crash test ratings. Before you go out and buy a used car, be sure to check out its safety rating. Consider doing some research on the safety protection of the used car you want by visiting the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) websites. 
  1. Driver-assistance safety features. The auto industry has made incredible progress in safety protection thanks to new driver-assistance safety technologies that help keep an eye on the road for you. If you’re looking for a used car that can help keep you safe while driving, focus on one that offers some of these innovative features. 
  1. Air bags. When it comes to airbags, more of them are always better. Not all vehicles offer the same number of airbags, so the more a used car has, the safer it will be. 
  1. Head restraints. Head restraints are a vital part of vehicles overall safety. This can help prevent you and your passengers from getting whiplash neck injuries when involved in a rear-end collision accident. The head restraints should be tall enough to cushion your head and be above the top of your spine. 
  1. Child safety features. Make sure your child’s safety seat is compatible with the used car you want before making the purchase. Look for a used car that has a universal system called LATCH (lower anchor and tethers for children). 

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