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There are two different agencies that perform crash test ratings. The national Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, their tests are conducted differently. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crashes cars head-on into a solid, immovable barrier, which is often not comparable to an actual crash. The IIHS conducts a frontal-offset crash into a deformable barrier that reacts much more similarly to a real life car crash.

When comparing different models frontal crash ratings, they are only relevant within the same vehicle class or between models of comparable weight. The test reflects how a specific car would fare in a crash between another vehicle of the same model, not verse a larger or smaller vehicle. So a large vehicle with a Poor rating is not necessarily safer than a small vehicle with a Good rating. At this time there are no reliable methods for reporting the effect of size differences on a vehicles score.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s rear-crash head restraining ratings consistently test how well a stationary seat protects against whiplash by simulating a 20-mph rear crash. The way the IIHS does this is by combining results with the elevation of the seat to arrive at a rating.

NHTSA realized their side-impact tests weren’t as accurate as they could be so they began factoring in head-injury data into the rating. The rating now combines the side barrier test with a pole test that simulates a car sliding sideways into a tree or post.

Side impact tests used properly positioned, belted test dummies, so it’s important for Volkswagen Phoenix consumers to scrutinize crash-test reports. That will help consumers determine if the car has side airbags but and to know if they are standard or optional on the car their considering.

That’s why it’s always a good idea to go with a brand that has been a consistent winner of the IIHS Top Safety Pick Award, as Volkswagen has. This year Volkswagen has nine models that have won the coveted award and have earned the highest possible overall rating. This makes the brand the leader in the U.S industry. The nine new Volkswagen models to receive the award include the CC 2.0L TSI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan, Touareg, and four-door Golf, and GTI.

The annual rating recognizes those vehicles that perform the best in protecting passengers in the Institutes front, side, and rear crash test evaluations. The institute only awards Top Safety Pick ratings to vehicles that are fitted with electronic stability control and head protection airbags.

For more information on safety ratings on any Volkswagen, come by your Scottsdale VW dealership.

Now is a good a time as ever to buy a new car. Obviously car dealers need to sell cars in order to stay in business, which makes this a strong buyers’ market. In turn allowing rebates, financing, and trade-in values to be the best they’ve been in a long time. But that doesn’t mean it makes it any less confusing to buy a car, and it doesn’t mean dealers are going to just give cars away. Any new car buyer should be ready and prepared before they even think about setting foot in a dealership. Here are a few tips that can help you get prepared for your car buying experience:

Know the invoice price:
Once you have a narrowed down idea of what car is right for you, be sure to look up the invoice price. The invoice price is what the dealer pays the manufacturer for the car; the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) usually includes a hefty amount of profit for the dealership. Knowing the original price of the car will help you in negotiating a fair deal.

Check the manufacturer’s website for rebates:
Many buyers will qualify for multiple rebates that the dealership may not tell you about. Be aware of all rebates for which you qualify and make sure you receive them.

Check your credit history:
Most people when purchasing a car require a loan. How much that loan costs will depend on your credit history, and knowing your credit history will give you a much better idea of what to expect from lenders. Get a copy of your credit report, and check it for accuracy. Pay the extra few dollars to get your credit score as well, as it is one of the major factors that banks use to determine your creditworthiness.

Make an appointment with the sales manager:
Once your research is done and you are ready to go to a dealership, specifically a Scottsdale Volkswagen dealership, call ahead and make an appointment. By calling the sales manager to make your appointment you are communicating you are serious about the upcoming transaction and that you know what you are doing.

There is no guarantee you will get a good deal on a new-car purchase, nor is there a set price to negotiate toward with any car; pricing always varies with content, age, supply, and demand. But following these helpful tips will start you in the right direction to get the best deal possible at any Phoenix Volkswagen dealership.