Driving & Driving Test Tips/Opinions vs. test drive

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Do you think that opinions on cars, like these ones: http://opinii.autovit.ro/ and http://www.caranddriver.com/, are relevant or are they subjective and would be recommended to test a car before buying it?

Answer
Yes and no.  The reviews of the cars do bring up the highlights of a particular vehicle and usually do not say what may be a detraction to purchasing it.  So take what is shown as the positive things about the vehicle but compare it to other vehicles in the same class to weigh whether it is better or worse then other cars.

Another source is the IIHS (http://www.iihs.org/) results for vehicle crash testing.  This will give the rating for the vehicle in numerous crash tests and can help evaluating a vehicle.

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Mark Winter

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Traffic collision reconstructionist with 19 years of traffic collision investigation experience as an LAPD officer. I can answer questions about traffic collisions with vehicles, motorcycles, pedistrians, bicycles, and commercial vehicles. Especially cases of low speed collisions and injury potential. I can answer questions about the vehicle code (specific for Ca and in general for other states) but I am not a driving instructor nor a vehicle mechanic. You need to talk to someone else about these issues.

Experience

19 years traffic collision investigations. 17 years as traffic collision reconstructionist for the city of Los Angeles and outside consultation. Court qualified in criminal and civil cases. ACTAR #519.

Organizations
Accredidation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstructionists Southwest Association of Technical Accident Investigators
Society Of Accident Reconstructionists
Society of Automotive Engineers
California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists
ARC-network

Education/Credentials
B.S. in Psychology Western Illinois University (math amjor-physics minor first two years), Now attending Chaffey college taking Calculus 3 and Chemistry working for Engineering degree

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