The decision to purchase a vehicle is an important one. Although some people might focus on make, model, color and innovative features, it’s important to also consider safety. Keep the following car buying tips in mind when it comes to choosing the right car for you and your family.
Important Factors to Consider When Buying a Car
Features, price and comfort are important considerations when it’s time to buy a car. But there are other factors often overlooked that could be even more critical. An example is the structural design. Having a front and back that absorbs the force of impact and a strong structure to protect vehicle occupants could make significant difference.
The size and weight of a vehicle is another important factor. Occupants of smaller cars may be more susceptible to serious injury in the event of an accident. At the same time, newer drivers such as teens may have more difficulty controlling an SUV or full-size pickup truck. Choose a vehicle you are comfortable driving and that offers adequate protection.
It’s also important to consider safety restraints including shoulder and lap belts in the vehicle. Airbags, front and side, can also make a difference. Although their effectiveness is important, it’s critical that they aren’t poorly designed so they end up actually causing injury.
New Car Versus Used Car
Another consideration is purchasing a new or used car. There are usually more safety features that come with a newer vehicle.
In fact, many safety features are standard equipment:
- Blind zone detection
- Lane departure warning
- Forward collision warning
Consumers usually save money by purchasing a used car. But before doing so, it’s important to ensure that it’s safe and has appropriate safety features. One way to do this is by having a mechanic thoroughly inspect the vehicle. Some of the previously mentioned features (airbags and structure) are especially important to look for in a used car. Also make sure it has anti-lock brakes.
Do Your Research
Putting time into researching a car is worth it. For instance, with a used vehicle it’s important to do some research to see if it was ever previously involved in an accident and to make sure it contains modern safety features. Car buyers should also look into a vehicle’s crashworthiness.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) focuses on specific issues surrounding this, such as:
- Rear and front seat occupants
- Child safety
The agency provides a great deal of research that can help potential car buyers. NHTSA provides brochures for consumers wanting to purchase a safer vehicle.
Before purchasing a car, it’s also important to check for recalls. Consumers can look into equipment or vehicle recalls, tire recalls and even child safety seat recalls.
We hope it’s never the case, but if you are in an accident and suffer serious injuries, talk to an attorney at Hensley Legal Group. We’ll examine the details of the accident to help you hold the at-fault driver responsible.