As your car ages and the miles pile up, it's important to consider your options before you're left on the side of the road wondering why you didn't upgrade sooner. While buying a new car might seem like the pricier way to go, just think of the costs you pay to keep your old car running - trips to the shop for repairs can certainly start to add up and often come without warning.
But buying a new car these days doesn't have to break the bank, either. With new safety features including crash avoidance technology and anti-theft systems, you can actually save some money in the long run, especially when it comes to insurance coverage.
Here are 10 increasingly common new-car features that could help reduce your insurance premiums. Some include specific insurance discounts, while others simply lower the overall cost of insurance because of their positive effect on reducing crashes or thefts.
1. Air bags
2. Anti-lock brakes
3. Passive restraint systems
4. Alarm systems/anti-theft devices
5. Automatic vehicle disabling devices
6. Back-up cameras
7. Electronic stability control
8. Automatic braking systems
9. Intelligent cruise control
10. Lane departure warning systems