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Small Cars With Top Safety Ratings

For those wanting to buy a small car - especially to save money on fuel costs, safety can be a major concern.

Now there's good news - the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named six small cars, including two hybrids, for the Top Safety Pick designation.

The vehicles are:

Criteria to win include top ratings of Good in front, side, rear and roof-strength crash tests. The vehicle must also have electronic stability control.

Frontal crash-worthiness is based on a 40 MPH frontal-offset crash test.

Side evaluation is based on a vehicle being struck by a barrier moving at 31 mph.

Seat and head restraints are tested using a dummy that measures forces on the neck, simulating a collision in the rear at 20 mph.






3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum Money

The key to getting the best deal is to gather price or lease bids from as many local dealers as possible. Then shop that best price around until no one can beat it. Here are the steps:

Step 1 Get Prices From My Trusted Network

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Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
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Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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