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3 Cool Cars Under $18,000

cc-9My wife had a brand new car when she was in high school.  While she appreciated the fact that she had a car, she…um, didn’t actually like the car.  It was a boxy nondescript little number that was long on MPG but short on W.O.W. These days with changes in the auto industry there are cool cars that are also inexpensive.

Car makers are adding extras on to their lower priced fleets and raising the “cool” factor without making the vehicles prohibitively expensive.  Since insurance rates are, at least in part, based on how much it would cost to replace a vehicle in a situation of total loss, customers can find a nice ride without losing out at the insurance end.

WiseInsuranceQuotes.com is nothing if not at the leading edge of cool. We set out to find the best rides in the high school parking lot that we could buy for $18,000 or less.  They only made the cut if they also have safety features that will make your insurance company smile. Get Cool Savings on Car Insurance. Shop and Compare Rates.

1)  Hyundai Veloster:  Hyundai’s 3 door (that’s right, I said 3 door) Veloster is a unique design with some very cool touches.  Heated seats come standard, unusual in a car with a price so low.  Truly unique though is Veloster’s Electronic Stability Control, which uses sensors in the steering system and at each wheel to compare where you want to go with where the car is heading. If a difference between the two is detected, ESC slows the appropriate wheel to redirect the car and help keep you on course.

2) Ford Focus:  Ford’s sporty Focus is a gas mileage champion (up to 40 mpg) with a safety soul as comforting as a mother’s hug.  Ford is including its Personal Safety System as a standard feature in its lower priced models.  This feature, which originally was only found in SUV’s, links a network of components in a holistic approach to saving lives. Key components include sensors that detect the severity of a crash, front seat passenger safety belt usage and driver proximity to the air bag. A central “brain” known as the Restraints Control Module then analyzes the information and determines what restraints should be deployed.

3) Dodge Dart:  Dodge’s newest entrant on the car scene is advertised with a catchy “How to Build a New Car” ad campaign.  The car is a technological safety marvel.  Two technologies come together to make one of the most stressful parts of driving easier. When you’re moving in reverse, the rear back up camera displays a rear view image on the touchscreen that is standard equipment in the cockpit. But the Dodge Dart doesn’t stop there. Dodge’s Park Sense Rear Park Assist System uses ultrasonic sensors to help you spot objects in your path, even if they happen to be below the view of the camera.

The safety features on any of these models will lower your insurance burden with most major companies.  More importantly, they may save someone’s life.

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