Know Your Vehicle Safety Ratings

When you're in the market for a used car in Jefferson, IA, you want to focus on safety. At New Way Auto, we have an array of vehicles that have been rated by the NHTSA and IIHS. Knowing how the safety ratings differ will help you to shop the various features.

The NHTSA is a federal government organization that uses a star system for their crash test ratings. More stars will indicate better performance levels. Stars are given in such areas as rollover, side-impact, and frontal test.

The IIHS is a private organization that receives its funding from insurance companies. They rank using the categories of Poor, Marginal, Acceptable, and Good. "Good" is the highest, and there are five different crash tests that vehicles are put through. Further, an award can be given by the IIHS, which is the Top Safety Pick. Often, there is an asterisk to identify what safety features are installed to get the award.

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