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How to Spot What Makes One Used Car Safer than the Next

Excellent sources of information exist out there on how to spot what makes one used car safer than the next. I'll show you how to compile and understand the information to ensure you make an informed choice – and stay away from potential nightmares with your next used car.

IIHS Recommends Safe Cars for Teenagers
A list of the safest used cars for teens as compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

GM Issues Massive Recall for 1.3 Million Vehicles
GM recalls more than 1.3 million used Saturns, Chevrolets and Pontiacs for faulty ignition switches.

Safe Used Cars for Hispanic Teens
Allstate survey shows need for safe cars for Hispanic teen drivers.

Nissan Ordered To Recall 1 Million Used Vehicles
Recall of Nissan used cars hits one million mark. Be aware before buying a used Nissan.

Classic Used Ford Thunderbirds Popular with Thieves
The National Crime Insurance Bureau is out with statistics and research on the most popular used Ford Thunderbird among car thieves. But a recent model Thunderbird? Don't worry because it has less appeal to car thieves.

GM Issues Recall for 258,000 Used SUVs
GM has issued a massive recall of 258,000 SUVs but look beyond the GM name in case you own a used Isuzu Ascender or Saab 9.7-X sport utility vehicle, or SUV, from the 2006 and 2007 model years.

NHTSA Investigating Used Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty Models
Numerous media outlets are reporting that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is investigating more than 5.1 million Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Liberties for a possible high incidence of fires after rear-end collisions as well as corrosion problems.

Understanding and Working with Used Car Salvage Titles
As you shop for a used car, you might come across the phrase “salvage title” in a used car advertisement. The price is going to seem right and you’re really going to want to buy it. Just make sure act with your brain and not your heart. Make sure you know what you’re getting into before purchasing a used car with a salvage title. Here are four things to consider: understand What a Salvage Title Is; Get a CarFax report; Get a Qualified Inspection; Weigh the savings vs. future costs

The Best Used Cars for LATCH Systems
The right used car for your child seat is going to be one with the easiest-to-reach anchors. That is just as important – if not more so – than airbags.

Making Your Used Car Safer
At the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Mobileye introduced a way of making your used car safer – a smartphone connected camera that makes any used car as safe as the latest models rolling off the assembly line.

Salvage Titles - Good or Bad? What Is Your Experience?
Are used cars with a salvage title a good or bad thing?

Safe Used Cars for Teen Drivers
A new study shows that teen auto deaths are on the rise after several years of decline. That means it is more important than ever to protect your teens with safe used cars as the summer driving season approaches.

A Great Safety Website from the U.S. Government
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's SaferCar.gov website bills itself as the premier source of vehicle safety information from the government, serving the public interest. And, it's not exaggerating. There are safety ratings on used cars all the way back to that 1990 Geo Prizm you drove sophomore year in college.

Look at the Insurance Losses
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has tables showing insurance losses for hundreds of passenger vehicles grouped by body style and size under six insurance coverages: collision, property damage liability, comprehensive personal injury protection, medical payment, and bodily injury. This information is a strong indicator of how safe a vehicle is.

A Thorough Look at Safety Info
This website is thorough in its presentation of safety data from all over the world (but with a strong emphasis on North American information). It’s a complete compendium of safety information. I find the site particularly useful for showing how European models, like Astras, that have been imported by Saturn perform.

Does Your Used Car Flunk The Safety Test?
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Top 10 Safe Used Family Cars
You can be safe and drive used family cars for less than $15,000 with high safety ratings. Compiling data from Edmunds.com and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, we have developed the About.Com Top 10 Safe Used Family Cars for Under $15,000. There’s a mixture of sedans along with minivans and an SUV because not every family is the same...

Overrated Safety Features?
This story highlights the debate over whether accident avoidance items, like lane departure warning systems, blind-spot detection and emergency brake assistance are worth the extra price. It focuses mostly on new cars, but these features are already available on used cars.

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