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Automobiles

  • Advocates for Highway and Automobile Safety
    • Advocates is an alliance of consumer, health and safety groups and insurance companies and agents working to encourage the adoption of federal and state laws, policies and programs that save lives and reduce injuries. By joining its resources with others, Advocates helps build coalitions to increase participation of a wide array of groups in public policy initiatives which advance highway and auto safety.
  • Auto Channel
    • A massive website containing vast amounts of information about automobiles. The AutoChannel is a commercial, for-profit organization; however ads are minimal and mostly unobtrusive. The website is available in North American, European, and Indian editions. Information includes new car reviews; new and used car buying guides; SUV and truck buying guides; RV buying guides; safety tables and data for cars, trucks, SUVs, and RVs; new and used car, truck, and SUV comparison tables; cost of ownership tables; mileage charts; fuel charts; tradeshows schedules; driving tips; recall information, as well as information about electric, hybrid, flex-fuel vehicles, federal programs, and guides to filling and plug-in stations; and more.
  • CARS
    • CARS, or Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety is a respected consumers group. The website has information about auto lemons and safety issues and links to government agencies.
  • Crash Test
    • Crashtest has information about auto safety and crash test organizations in the US, as well as Europe, Australia, and Japan. The organization provides explanations of how tests are conducted and data on many car makes and models. Consumer safety and protection information is also available including information about "lemon laws".This is a commercial site, but with limited advertising.
  • Edmund’s
    • One of four websites published by Edmunds Inc., Edmunds.com is an informational research site for consumers. Users can create an account if they wish, but can also use the site as a "guest". Edmund's includes new and used car buying guides, car manufacturer histories, driving tips, insurance and loan information, and consumer reviews. Edmund's has received many awards for being one of the most "useful" car information websites from organizations such as Forbes ASAP, JD Power and Associates, The Wall Street Journal, and Money magazine. This is a commercial site with some advertising for pay services.
  • Highway Safety Research Center
    • A project of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The project has been conducting research for 40 years in the areas of alcohol impairment, driver behavior, occupant protection, pedestrian and bicycle safety, roadway design and traffic safety, and young drivers. Many articles, reports, and studies are available for reading or download. This is authoritative and scholarly information created and provided by a respected institution of higher education.
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
    • The IIHS is a private non-profit organization entirely funded by auto insurance companies. They perform scientific tests with the aim of preventing motor vehicle crashes and reducing injuries and damages in crashes. Their affiliate agency, the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDA) shares their website. The HDLA collects and publishes comparative loss statistics for 80 of the privately insured vehicles in the US. This site contains no advertising.
  • Kelley Blue Book
    • The Kelley Kar Company began compiling its list of used car market values in 1920. Long viewed as an industry standard, the Kelley Blue Book Guide was first made available in a consumer edition in 1993. Still published by the Kelley Company, the Blue Book website is a useful tool. Some reports are only available as a fee-based service.
  • NHTSA
    • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970. The NHTSA performs research, collects data, and makes grants in order to "save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity." Government vehicle standards and safety reports are available.
  • Office of Defects Investigation
    • This office, inside the NHTSA, conducts investigations and administers safety recalls. Go here to report a defect or safety concern with a motor vehicle.
  • Safe Roads 4 Teens
    • This is a project of Advocates. Safe Roads 4 Teens seeks to implement a national Graduated Driver Liscensing system to reduce traffic fatalities among teen drivers. The organization is comprised of consumer, health, safety, medical, teen and parent organizations, insurance companies, and automotive representatives in support of the STANDUP Act.

 

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