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Why buying a new car might be cheaper than you think
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Advice from GateHouse News Service on keeping your vehicles in good condition, saving on gas and tips from national auto columnist Junior Damato. Ready your car for the seasons, get advice for your teen drivers, and get the scoop on new, concept and ...
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Are you driving around in a car that's a decade or more old? If so, you're not alone. The number of older vehicles on the road in the United States has increased by more than 17 million since 2009, according to Experian Automotive. The average age of the more than 245 million vehicles on U.S. roads is up to a nationwide-high of 11 years old.
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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

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