When you're buying a used car, safety ratings mean everything. At Barber Honda, we'll help you understand the differences between the safety ratings of the NHTSA and the IIHS. This way, you can buy a car with more confidence in Bakersfield.

The IIHS, a private organization, gets a lot of notoriety because it issues the Top Safety Pick award each year within its class. This is determined by a total of five different crash tests. As a vehicle goes through these, it receives the rating of Poor, Marginal, Acceptable, or Good.

The NHTSA, which is an organization of the federal government, uses star ratings when it conducts a total of three different crash tests. Each vehicle is tested for frontal impact, side-impact, as well as a rollover. This allows you to see how safe a vehicle is in the event of getting into any kind of accident.



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