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Make sure your first car is the safest choice

Most drivers have a funny story about their first car. The speedo didn’t work, the gear stick was dysfunctional, the windscreen wipers flew off in the middle of a downpour.

03 Sep 2019
While these stories may be humorous today, they highlight the risks and road safety issues associated with buying a cheap, second hand car.

The release of the 2019/20 Used Car Safety Ratings Guide ensures people in the market for a used vehicle, particularly parents hunting for their child’s first car, can make the safest choice within their price range.

The latest edition of the Used Car Safety Ratings Guide contains safety ratings from 1 to 5 stars for 300 used vehicles, using performance data from vehicles involved in more than eight million police reported crashes in Australia and New Zealand.

Many of the vehicles assigned 5 star ratings as a ‘Safer Pick’ or ‘Excellent’ choice are available through private purchase or through second-hand dealers for less than $10,000*, ensuring safe vehicles are available for every budget.
 
CATEGORYMAKEMODELYEARPRICE*RATING
SmallMazda32013-17From $8200Safer Pick 5 Star
LightHondaCity2009-13From $5900Safer Pick 5 Star
MediumAudiA42008-15From $5000Safer Pick 5 Star
LargeHoldenCommodore2013-17From $9500Excellent Pick 5 Star
Compact SUVJeepCompass2007-17From $3500Safer Pick 5 Star
Medium SUVMitsubishiOutlander2006-12From $2800Safer Pick 5 Star
*Valuation prices sourced from RedBook.com.au, Private Price Guide, August 2019.

The Used Car Safety Ratings Guide was first developed by the Monash University Accident Research Centre’s Vehicle Safety Research Group in 1992 to provide consumers with information on the performance of vehicles in real crashes.

The Road Safety Commission is a project member of the Vehicle Safety Research Group, along with road safety agencies and automobile clubs around Australia making up the group’s membership.

The Used Car Safety Ratings Guide differs from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) which publishes safety ratings are published for a range of new vehicles, using a rating system of 0 to 5 stars to indicate the level of safety a vehicle provides in the event of a crash.

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