Safety Features to Look For in Used Cars

With the economy in flux, it doesn’t matter how well or how badly you are doing financially: your car isn’t going to wait until a good time to break down. When the time is necessarily to look into the purchase, it seems car owners are never prepared. You buy a car, and expect it to last beyond its years. Should the inevitable happen, you want to be sure you pick the right model for your family, and that means getting a car or van or SUV with the right safety features.

Depending on how you purchase your next pre-owned car – through the original owner, through a chain broker like CarMax, or through an independently owned used car lot – you should study what is for sale and what safety features are available. Families of small children will especially be interested in space for holding car seats and automated GPS and contact systems like OnStar, while others will also look for dual dash and side airbags, powerful fog lights, and a good spare tire. As you shop, check with the seller to see what warranties on safety features are still in effect, or if a new one can be purchased at the time of sale.

If the car of your choice is an older model that preceded current features, you may want to know if you can add upgrades to the car to make it safer for your family. Know exactly what can be done to the model and how much extra you can expect to pay. The investment you make now will be worth the protection of your passengers.

To learn more about car safety and how to shop for the most secure car to suit your work and life, consult Safercar.gov, where free brochures are available to answer your concerns.

Kathryn Lively

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