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Finding a safe vehicle for your teen may feel overwhelming, but a good place to look is IIHS safety ratings.

When searching for a vehicle for your teen driver, you want to find the safest option possible. Not only are teen drivers inexperienced with many dangerous driving situations, but driving on busy San Antonio roads means a greater chance of an accident.

Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announces the cars for its Top Safety Picks. IIHS looks at two main aspects of safety: crashworthiness and crash prevention. “Crashworthiness” is how well the vehicle protects the occupants of the car. Prevention looks at technology that could mitigate or lessen the severity of a crash.

If you plan to buy a new vehicle, look at the list of Top Safety Picks.

Safest vehicles for 2017

If you want a pre-owned vehicle from 2017, the IIHS considers these cars as the safest models: Chevrolet Volt, Volvo S60, Toyota Prius Prime, Subaru Impreza, Genesis G80, Genesis G90, Volvo V60, Nissan Maxima, Lexus RC, and the Subaru Legacy.

  • 2017 Nissan Maxima

Safest vehicles for 2018

For 2018 models, the IIHS ranked these vehicles as the safest: Kia Forte, Kia Soul, Subaru Impreza, Subaru WRX, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Toyota Camry, BMW 5 series, Genesis G80, Genesis G90, Lincoln Continental, Mercedes-Benz E Class sedan, Hyundai Santa Fe, and the Mercedes-Benz GLC.

  • 2018 Mercedes Benz GLC

Other considerations

A safe car can only do its job if your teen follows the rules of the road. Your teen should know that just because they have an excellent safety-rated car doesn’t mean that they need to be any less alert while driving. Obeying traffic rules, putting away their cell phone, and using their seatbelt are still of greater importance to their safety.

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Find the best local body shop for the price.

When you take your car to a local body shop, you want the repair work to be to your specifications. You also want to make sure you get the best deal for the work you need since each body shop charges different prices.

There are a few tips to keep in mind as you research the best local body shop. These key points will make the process easier and can lead you to a body shop that performs quality work.

Seek Recommendations

The first step to finding a quality auto body repair shop is getting multiple recommendations. One way is to contact your local Better Business Bureau to find out if any complaints have been filed against a body shop you are considering.

Also, ask people you know, and look at reviews online. Word-of-mouth recommendations speak to the quality and experience, so pay attention to these recommendations especially from people you trust.

Location and Overhead

When you find a highly recommended local body shop, visit the location. Location may be a reason a shop could charge more per hour for labor costs. An auto body shop located in an area where property is expensive may charge more in labor to cover those costs.

Inquire about Warranties

A reputable auto body shop will guarantee the work with a warranty. Find out about the warranty to body repairs and paint work on your vehicle. Ask what the warranty specifically covers and how long the warranty lasts.

Check for Maker Certifications

Find a shop that is certified to work on your make of vehicle. Technicians who have been trained to make repairs specified by the maker has the necessary equipment to make those repairs.

Ask About Estimates

There are two questions you should ask a body shop about estimates. Find out if they offer free estimates and if they use the insurance company’s estimate or if they use their own estimate. You will want to use a body shop that uses their own estimate and not performing repairs based on the insurance company’s recommendation of repairs.

If you need auto body repair to your vehicle, contact ProCare Automotive and Collision. We are the San Antonio local body repair shop that provides free estimates and guarantees the work with a warranty. A personal service consultant will work with you every step of the way in the repair process to make sure the work is completed to your satisfaction.

 

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