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Car Safety Features to Consider

Safety should be your number one consideration when buying a new or used car. Taking a little extra time to evaluate the entire car can give you peace of mind. Sit in the car and go for a test drive. Test out all the car’s safety features for yourself. Here’s where you should focus these efforts before deciding on a purchase:

Seat Belts

Seat belts secure your body during a collision. If you crash, it’s less likely you’ll hit the steering wheel, dashboard, or windshield or be ejected from the car. Belts aren’t new, but newer features include pretensioners that retract the belt during a crash, force limiters to reduce the force applied, and adjustable upper belts that fit to your size.

Some cars also have rear center seat lap and shoulder belts. These are found in the best cars for kids’ safety. A Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, or LATCH system, is now a required feature found in new vehicles.

Air Bags

Standard on cars since 1998, front air bags inflate in response to feedback from crash sensors. The process takes just milliseconds. A front air bag prevents vehicle occupants from hitting objects in front of them, while side air bags protect you from hitting the door or foreign objects that penetrate it. Side-curtain air bags above windows protect occupants’ heads and block flying debris in rollover crashes.

Head Protection

Head restraints on seats limit head movement during a rear impact. Front restraints must be of a specific size and strength, although rear seat head restraints don’t have to meet these requirements. Most restraints are manual, while dynamic head restraints adjust automatically during a crash. Energy absorbing materials under the trim also offer head protection.

Antilock Brakes

If you hit the brakes in a panic, an antilock brake system (ABS) prevents wheel locking so you can maintain better control. Each wheel has as sensor that transmits data to a computer. In turn, the computer adapts braking action to maximize power and control. ABS actuation can produce an unusual pulsing sensation, but it will work so long as you continue pushing hard on the pedal.

Traction Control

An electronic system often uses the ABS to control wheels, traction control limits wheel spin during acceleration. It is useful when driving on wet or icy roads. To control wheel spin, the system can automatically adjust engine power output, upshift the transmission, and route power to the opposite drive wheel.

All-Wheel Drive

To maximize traction, power is distributed to the front and rear wheels. If combined with traction control, all-wheel drive can prevent slipping, but won’t do so alone during a hard acceleration.

Advanced Technologies

Telematics systems such as OnStar by GM and Toyota Safety Connect use GPS systems to communicate directly with a central dispatch center during an emergency. However, some of the newest car safety features and accident avoidance systems include:

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Backup Cameras
  • Brake Assist
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Forward-Collision Warning
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Lane-Departure Warning

Find the Safest Cars to Buy at Car World

Car World offers a large inventory of pre-owned vehicles to help meet your wants and needs. Drive away the same day thanks to aggressive financing and a hand-picked selection of cars that have passed rigorous inspections. Our on-site service department helps maintain your car, so it continues to run like new. To find quality pre-owned vehicles with the latest car safety features, visit our Hawthorne dealership or call 833-219-9951 today.

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Benefits of Buying a Used vs. New Car

Every car buyer is faced with the decision to buy new or used.  Some people are hesitant to buy used but driving away with a used model, from a dealership that maintains the cars properly, will provide years of reliability at a price you won’t be able to beat. Today’s cars also have longer maintenance intervals. But what are the important factors to consider when deciding between the two?

Why Buy a Used Car?

Better Price

The price you can afford depends on what you can pay per month. With a used car, you get more for less. That means more features, better performance, and even a luxury model; for example, a used 2007 Porsche might cost the same as a 2011 Honda. In general, you could buy a higher-level trim with more features without spending top dollar.

Depreciation is another factor to think about. All cars lose value over time. The greatest hit is when you drive a new car off the dealer lot; it can lose as much as 30% of its value in an instant. Over the first three years, it can depreciate up to 50%. Buying a used car that’s two or three years old can save you thousands of dollars due to depreciation alone.

Lower Registration Fees

In California, vehicle registration fees are based on its value. Since you’re paying less for a used car, registering it won’t cost you as much each time. You can save as much as a thousand dollars by avoiding new car registration fees. Plus, you get a reliable car that is only a few years old.

No Useless Dealer Options

Dealers try to maximize their profits from new cars. You’ll be offered protective films, anti-rust coatings, and a variety of add-on features you really don’t need, but of course you’ll have to pay for. First, you can get these for less on the aftermarket; second, such extras won’t increase resale value. Also, features an original owner bought can be had for less. Built-in options such as navigation systems and sunroofs are therefore more affordable.

Eliminate Dealer Fees

Preparation, destination, and shipping fees are just a few expenses dealers add to the price of a new car. That’s after you’ve paid for pinstripes or other extras you didn’t want in the first place. Buying used cars avoids this in addition to not draining your bank account. You will pay tag, title, and registration fees at the DMV, but these don’t come close to exorbitant fees dealers charge.

Rigorous Inspections

Used car dealers such as Car World perform multi-point inspections on their inventory. It’s therefore possible to address any safety issues and ensure a vehicle will be reliable once driven off our lot. We also detail every vehicle, so even a used model will look like it’s fresh out of the showroom.

Find the Best Used Cars at Car World

At our buy here, pay here dealership, we can answer your question as to why buy a used car, and stock major brands such as Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Dodge, BMW, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz. We help each customer find the vehicle that meets their wants and needs. Drive away the same day thanks to aggressive financing options, and keep your car going with proper maintenance; our on-site service department can help keep it in top condition before and after you buy. For more information, call 833-219-9951 or visit our dealership in Hawthorne, California, today.

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Why Car Maintenance Is Important

Car maintenance can save a lot of trouble, and should therefore be a priority for any vehicle owner. Many types of maintenance you can do yourself. Checking tire pressure and engine fluids is simple for most people. Oil changes, brake checks, tire alignments, engine filter changes, and other jobs done at a shop are equally important, but here’s a look at why maintaining your car is so essential, and how you can benefit from it.

Smooth Operation

Fresh oil and a clean filter contribute to a smoother-running engine. Neglecting such maintenance can prevent the engine from running at peak performance and can cause excessive wear on vital, and expensive, parts. Your car’s engine will probably last much longer if it is properly maintained.

Cost Savings

Every time you get maintenance service, it costs a little. But this doesn’t compare to what you’d pay when a worn timing belt snaps and takes a bunch of engine parts out with it. Without maintenance, you might have to pay for brake rotors much sooner. Proper car care can even avoid replacing an engine, which can cost several thousand dollars.

Less Downtime 

Stay on schedule with car maintenance and you can save a lot of time. Most maintenance services don’t take very long and can be fit into your daily routine. Major repair work can take many hours, sometimes days, not to mention having your car break down at the most inconvenient time.

A Safer Ride

Improved safety means peace of mind. Whether you are going on a short drive or a long road trip, it’s important to have your brakes checked. A good day will quickly go bad if your brakes fail. An engine problem can leave you in a precarious situation as well; aside from getting stuck, there could be a risk of fire or inhaling toxic fumes.

Tire maintenance, which is as simple as checking and adjusting tire pressure, is critical. If the tires are at the wrong pressure or worn, it can affect traction and increase stopping distance. Low pressure also increases tire wear. The increased friction can overheat your tires. Alignments are also essential as they reduce wear and improve steering control.

A More Valuable Car

If anyone were to consider buying your car one day, they’d first want to know its condition. Maintenance helps keep it in top condition, inside and out. Failing to maintain it may prevent you from selling it, and at the very least reduce the price you get for it.

Maintenance Tips

On a monthly basis, make sure your car is clean and check the lights, tire tread, and inflation; windshield washer fluid should be checked as well. Check your fluids, filters, belts, and hoses every 3,000 miles, and the engine air filter, wiper blades, and chassis lubrication every 6,000 miles. Every 12,000 miles, have your cabin air filter, power steering fluid, and coolant as well as steering and suspension looked at.

If uncertain about your vehicle’s maintenance needs, check the user manual. Also consider keeping a vehicle maintenance log or using a mobile app to track car maintenance.

Lastly, if you’re looking for the perfect car, Car World is the used car dealership you can trust for a wide selection of well-maintained vehicles. We offer aggressive financing, meaning you can drive away with your new car the same day you came in to test drive it. Our on-site service team conducts a multi-point inspection and ensures there are no safety issues with any vehicle sold. Find affordable used cars at our Hawthorne dealership or call 833-219-9951 today.