Car Shopping Now Quicker, Easier and Safer
It’s a brand new year. Is this the year when you’ll replace that old car? Perhaps you’re thinking about it, but dreading all the research you’d have to do to decide on a new model that meets your family’s needs.
Would it be easier if you could find out the safety rating of the makes and models you’re considering – right there in the car lot? Well now you can do just that using your smart phone? Think of the time you’ll save!
You might ask why check a car’s safety rating before buying. Not only is it important that your new vehicle offer you and your family the best protection in a crash, but the safety rating also influences your auto insurance bill.
Now, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), has made it easy for car shoppers to check on the auto safety ratings and crash test results while browsing on the dealer’s showroom floor or anywhere else. The Institute has launched a new mobile website so consumers can easily compare vehicle safety ratings.
In fact, the site does much more. You can also compare child booster seat ratings, the latest highway safety news and much more. You can also use your smart phone to sign up for an automatic RSS feed when new material is available.
The IIHS routinely publishes the results of tests showing the performance of a given car, truck, SUV or van in protecting passengers in front, rear and side impact crashes as well as in rollovers. Depending upon how they perform, each vehicle is rated as good, acceptable, marginal or poor. Vehicles that perform to the highest standards receive the distinction of TOP SAFETY PICK.
Auto Insurance Tip
If you’re in the market for a new or used car, don’t forget to get your insurance agent’s input in advance. In fact, our experienced agents, here at the William M. Sparks Insurance Agency in Timonium, MD, are ready to help you with all your insurance questions. Just contact us at your convenience.