What are proximity sensors on a car and how do they work?

A car salesman was talking about the proximity sensors on the upper trims of the car I'm looking at. What does this mean? How do they work?

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Great question! Also known as parking sensors, proximity sensors are installed in the bumper of a car and can sense objects behind you. This means that you can park your car without having to worry about hitting something. Paired with a backup camera, you have a hassle-free way to make sure you get into your car spot without an incident!
However, some of these sensors are only available on upper trims of vehicles, as you mentioned. If this is the case, you should weigh your parking skills and driving record against the added cost of proximity sensors—it may be an unnecessary expenditure if you’re a good driver.
That said, you may find that parking sensors or proximity sensors can reduce your car insurance costs. Most cars with these sensors come with higher safety ratings, which can translate into savings.
The easiest way to know for sure is to log onto the Jerry app. We’ll get you personalized quotes so that you can simply pick the best deal on the coverage you need—and once you choose a plan, we’ll even help you switch!
Hope this helps you pick the perfect new ride!
Eric Schad
Answered on Oct 29, 2021
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