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Car safety features. The 3 key essentials you must have.

Your essential car safety features checklist

In the modern era of motoring, cars have never been safer or more packed with lifesaving features. In the years preceding a new car's arrival on the showroom floor its protoypes are extensively tested, tweaked and innovated to protect their occupants like never before. Some of these features will be things you hope you never have to use. Others may be safety features you use every day. So when it comes time to sell your car or trade it in on a replacement, what are the essential safety features you should look out for?

1. Has the car been tested and reconditioned?

The number one key safety benefit of buying a car online from a genuine car dealership like SD Motors is the checklist the car goes through before it is listed for sale. It's highly unlikely this will have been done in a private sale or even by many dealerships, so make sure you know the car has been fully inspected to rigorous safety standards. In the past this may have meant paying for an auto mechanic or automotive body to inspect the car, but depending on where you buy your car, that shouldn't be required. Prior to listing a car for sale on the SD Motor's website it will be wheeled into a dedicated workshop for fully qualified technicians to perform a 300 point check, including all-important safety features and performance. The car is then reconditioned to rigorous safety standards and covered with an extended warranty. That's the peace of mind of buying a car online from a leading car retailer like SD Motors, backed by the global automotive group Sime Darby.

2. Collision safety and driving safety features

Somewhat surprisingly, seatbelts have only been compulsory in Australia since the 1970's and they have been developed over the decades since then to provide both comfort and safety features. Airbags are a more recent lifesaving addition and you should make sure there are a sufficient number in key positions throughout the car to cover your intended use of it. Does the car have ABS antilock brakes and brake assist? Is the stability of the car controlled for driving conditions like cornering and hill descents? Make a list of safety features that would be essential to have based on the way you drive and the people you drive so everyone is protected.

3. Level of safety technology

While most used cars since 2010 will feature some level of safety technology, this is an area that in recent years has undergone radical change and improvement. Sophisticated cameras now feature, enhancing vision up to 360 degrees with assisted parking. When in motion, cars now feature lane departure warnings, collision warnings (with automatic counter measures). Even driver fatigue can be monitored and alerted. Having all or at least the most important of these safety features should play an important part in your car safety features checklist before you buy.

SD Motors has hundreds of used cars, all 300 point tested by trained technicians, ready for you to inspect. Shop online from the comfort of your home and reserve a car with no obligation to buy. Online used car buying, selling, and finance made easy with experienced consultants ready to answer all your questions.