How Dangerous Are Older Cars?

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How Dangerous Are Older Cars?

We all know that newer cars are safer than older ones, but this latest report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will knock your socks off when you read what a dramatic difference there is.

The NHTSA analyzed all crashes in which there was a fatality. The analysis shows that among all passenger vehicle occupants involved in a fatal crash, the percent who were fatally injured dramticallyincreases with vehicle age:

55 percent: Occupants fatally injured in vehicles built before 1984
53 percent: Occupants fatally injured in vehicles built between 1985 and 1992
46 percent: Occupants fatally injured in vehicles built between 1993 and 1997
42 percent: Occupants fatally injured in vehicles built between 1997 and 2002
36 percent: Occupants fatally injured in vehicles built between 2002 and 2007
31 percent: Occupants fatally injured in vehicles built between 2008 and 2012
26 percent: Occupants fatally injured in vehicles built between 2013 and 2017

You can read the full report here:
https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812528

NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King added: “We encourage car buyers to select vehicles that meet their individual lifestyle, budget and transportation needs with the added assurance that they are making an investment in safety.”

It’s common for a teen’s first car to be an older, used model. These statistics might make you want to consider investing in a newer model instead. For the latest information on our specials and incentives, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

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