June 25, 2008

Better Safe Than Rich


How big of an issue is car safety for you?

I was looking up a new car I was interested in and saw it had a 5-Star safety rating, and actually got annoyed, thinking how that little fact probably added 2 g's to its pricepoint.

I mean, are their certain models that you would just REFUSE to get into because of safety concerns? Cars are safe-ish. That's good enough for me.

"Oh, well, if you're driving 85 MPH down a mountain in a monsoon and get struck from a 65 degree angle by a freight train, only this model will make sure you're safe."

I'll take my chances. Keep the cupholder air bag, and give me back my 2 g's.

7 comments:

Justin Elder said...

I agree. It seems not so important because I'm driving and it's my life. However, as you start to think about having kids and whether or not it's safe for them, does it become more of a factor?

Sabai said...

Hmm, I can't imagine not letting my (non-existent) kids ride in any new vehicle on the market.

anyone with kids have an opinion?

Brent said...

You'll save the 2 grand in insurance premiums over the lifetime of the car, so you might as well take the safe bet.

Sabai said...

seriously? even if it's just a hyundai? a 5-star safety rating could save me that much?

Brent said...

i'm probably overestimating the 2k savings, but you're probably overestimating the 2k markup...

your insurance company will ignore the auto-industry funded "saftey ratings" and rely on it's own claims data.

Sabai said...

My 2-grand is totally made up. But, I wonder how much you could save from "optional" safety features and still not get killed from 99% of typical collisions.

jarrett said...

I'll take fuel efficiency over safety any day. If I die while driving, I've saved even more!