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Three helpful tips when shopping for a new car

If you’re in the market for a new car, chances are that you have seen commercials touting sales for Labor Day weekend. After all, the upcoming “last holiday of the summer” is well known for sales so that dealers can move older models in order to make room for the newest ones.

But before you go shopping for your new car, it is important to know how to be safe in it. Accidents with new cars are not uncommon. Because of this, we offer the following tips.

Take more than one test drive – Indeed, you probably made the decision to purchase your new car within 30 seconds of taking the first drive. However, you may not drive the car long enough to understand its capabilities; especially in an emergency situation. With that said, taking more than one test drive may help in accomplishing this.

Understand the bells and whistles – Just like the safety refinements, there are probably other offerings that caught your attention, such as navigation maps and Bluetooth smartphone controls. Knowing how these elements work before driving away can go a long way towards avoiding an accident, since you are not learning how to work the controls while in traffic.

Pay attention to recall notices – Yes, it is reasonable to expect that your new car will be free from defects, but that is not always the case. Just as we have learned with the General Motors recalls in the past, and the Takata airbag fiasco, paying attention to notices is critical. So if you receive one in the mail or hear something about it on television, take your car to an authorized dealer.

The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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