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Is a bigger car safer than a smaller car?

In aggregate yes, however that's not the same as saying all large vehicles are safer than all small ones. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety aggregates and publishes data about fatality rates ...
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Is a bigger car safer than a smaller car?

This is a question that has been addressed by Consumer Reports and other publications that are easily accessible via a Google search. To provide an answer to your question, larger cars are not ...
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Is a bigger car safer than a smaller car?

All other things being equal, a bigger (more massive) car would be safer – for its occupants. But all other things are rarely equal, either in the design of the car or in the dynamics of the crash. ...
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Is a bigger car safer than a smaller car?

I read an interesting article a while back that views the question slightly differently. Their take is basically that it is likely any additional safety for the occupants will be a pyrrhic gain, ...
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Is a bigger car safer than a smaller car?

tl;dr: It depends on many factors. Size is not a magic spell of safety. Let's break down the first paragraph from the same previously cited IIHS link: By far the largest number of motor vehicle ...
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Motor Industry reliability data - is there a source?

i think it is a mix of better information, more planning, better maintenance and misinformation The professional buyer, in contrast to the consumer, is not driven by emotions. So he can focus on the ...
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Motor Industry reliability data - is there a source?

Consumer Reports collects and publishes survey data on reliability and/or repair frequency. As far as I know, the data is specific to the US, and I think it covers vehicles for which they get ...
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Motor Industry reliability data - is there a source?

In reality, for modern cars, there won't be a lot to choose between similar models in terms of whole life reliability. Rust used to be the big thing which limited the life of cars but modern ...
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Motor Industry reliability data - is there a source?

Yeah, hedging bets is what even the manufacturer must do. I suppose that past reports are the best indication... combined with knowing what changes were made in the new car (that's what to watch out ...
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Is a bigger car safer than a smaller car?

Short answer: no. When crashing a small and large car together, there might be a difference, but you'd be far better off, as others have said, examining the specific safety scores and record of each ...
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How should I modify a car to live in it? How risky are used cars?

For a vehicle to live in you would be much better off with a van. Even a fairly large estate car will have much less internal space for an equivalent floor area. Another key consideration is that ...
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buying a new unused car parked in storage

Most newer cars can be left standing for about a year before they need any sort of maintenance upon returning to the road, A few things worth checking would probably be: Battery (it'll probably be ...
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Returning a new car to a different dealership in USA?

Basically, you can take it anywhere, Honda or not, and trade it in. Every dealership in the country will be more than willing to make a deal with you. The problem is, just as you stated, you're going ...
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Is there a general rule of thumb regarding the number of previous owners when buying a used car?

I bought a car that had 3 previous owners and recently sold it. All it means is that each owner had a reason for selling the car. Maybe it was too small for a growing family, maybe it was a fun ...
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Should I perform any special checks when buying a high mileage car?

It's not an old car so I wouldn't be worried about rust yet, although it's definitely worth a look. Suspension, steering and brake parts are all replaceable, so if it's been maintained well mileage ...
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Should I perform any special checks when buying a high mileage car?

That works out at 22k miles/year, which is about double the UK average. Given the type of vehicle, I'd surmise it's been a 'repmobile', so I'd hazard a guess that most of those miles have been ...
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Is a car dealer required to offer an extended warrantee?

tl dr: In a word, No. (Note: Most of this applies only to the US) From the Iowa Legal Aid website, it states: Used car dealers may also offer a service contract for an extra fee. Such a contract, ...
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minivan with 48000 miles needed front driveshaft replaced?

It is a bit odd based on the mileage (in my experience they typically last 100k miles at minimum) but it's certainly possible that it was damaged instead of going bad. The boot could have been torn by ...
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Buying a used car that is a few years old but high mileage

90K miles is nothing. High quality cars such as the Prius you bought should last twice that number of miles, assuming here that the use is not the most severe (like stop-and-go city driving). Do you ...
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Is a bigger car safer than a smaller car?

In my opinion the safer car is the best handling one. I believe all these analyses are for deaths in case of a crash. A better handling car avoids many crashes but is lighter (in order to handle ...
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Is a bigger car safer than a smaller car?

it is very dependant on design and construction - Euro NCAP rating is probably a good indicator for you. For example, the 2015 Honda Jazz (a Supermini) scored 5 stars whilst the 2016 Hilux (Pickup ...
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