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2 SUVs Perform Poorly in Crash Test

If safety is a big factor for you, then you should know that two popular SUVs just earned a "poor" rating on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's passenger-side small-overlap test.

The Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee got the "poor" ratings on a crash that mimics a 40 mph offset crash into a tree, telephone pole, or corner of another vehicle (this is a common type of crash)

From the slew of SUVs IIHS tested, only the Kia Sorento earned a top Safety Pick+. The 2018 GMC Acadia, 2019 Kia Sorento, and 2018 Volkswagen Atlas all earned a "good" rating on the overlap test, while the 2018 Toyota Highlander, 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, and 2018 Honda Pilot earned "Acceptable" ratings.

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:

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Select the vehicle you're interested in to see if there are local dealers in my network who will provide you with their best upfront price. You will get direct access to an internet sales manager who you can further negotiate with online (no need to visit dealership).
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Step 2 Get Prices From TrueCar / CarsDirect

TrueCar, and CarsDirect are my top 2 online price quote recommendations. These services show you pre-negotiated prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually pretty decent. But remember, you can still negotiate further.

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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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