The US federal governments operates several websites and services that provide valuable information for new and used vehicle owners.
Safercar.gov is operated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is a one-stop shop for vehicle safety ratings, recall announcements and general vehicle safety information.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 and is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. It works daily to help prevent crashes and their attendant costs, both human and financial.
The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. It is a great resources for learning about fuel economy, vehicle emissions, and green vehicles.
These are invaluable free information and services for prospective buyers of new and used vehicles.
NICB’s VINCheckSM is a free service provided to the public to assist in determining if a vehicle has been reported as stolen, but not recovered, or has been reported as a salvage vehicle by cooperating NICB member insurance companies.
IIHS tests evaluate two aspects of safety: crashworthiness — how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash — and crash avoidance and mitigation — technology that can prevent a crash or lessen its severity.