You need to purchase a new vehicle and you want to make sure you do not leave any stone unturned. You have read every review online, talked to current owners on various forums, consulted your friends, and drove the car at the dealership. Is there anything else left?
Well, yes. In the connected world we live in, there are an almost infinite number of informational sources available to you. Three of these are highlighted below.
The best way to know if you are making the right purchase is to compare it to other vehicles in the same segment. And the best way to do that is to browse various prestigious awards, comparison tests and top-ten type lists online. Many sources, from media websites to organizations provide this type of information. Look for cars that make it on various “best buy” or “best value” lists. Or have won awards like “car of the year” from renowned organizations.
When comparing the safety of various models offered on the market, a great place to start is on the NHTSA and IIHS websites. These organizations are responsible for evaluating the safety of new vehicles sold on the market today, and their respective websites offer plenty of useful information such as how safe a vehicle is compared to other vehicles in the same segment.
A quick search online will allow you to find out if a particular vehicle is hit with a recall, or if it is being investigated for a possible mechanical problem. This can certainly help determine how reliable a given model can be, or at least add another piece to the buyer puzzle.
Thank you to Hamilton Volvo for their help with this article.