What safety components should I check when I buy a used car?

I want to buy a used car for my son, but I'm concerned about safety. I know how to look up reports and reviews online, but what do I actually do when I get to see the car in person?

Answer
“If you want to make sure that the car is in prime condition and safe, start by looking at the vehicle history report. The vehicle history report will determine if the car has been in any accidents that may jeopardize its safety.
You should also:
  • Check the windshield for cracks
  • Make sure no dashboard warning lights are on, especially the one for the airbags
  • Check that all seat belts work
  • Check for open recalls with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Test drive it to see how it feels
  • Check the tire treads and tread depth
If you do all of these things, you should have a better chance of getting a safe car.
And to protect your son even further, you may want to consider full coverage car insurance as well as medical payments. It might be worth the little extra money for peace of mind.
Jerry can help you find the best deals on car insurance. We compare rates from the top 50 companies and deliver them to your phone in minutes.”
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Answered on Aug 02, 2021
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