Read this so you don’t buy a ‘death trap’ used car

Research from RACQ has highlighted which brands and models of used cars you should avoid.

The Club’s Used Car Safety Ratings report looked at 279 used cars, and gave nearly one-quarter of them just 1-star for safety – meaning they could potentially cause serious injury to the driver, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in a crash.

Steve Spalding from RACQ said the report would be particularly important for parents who were considering buying a car for their newly-licensed child.


““We found heavier, larger cars like the Mazda CX-7 SUV and the Subaru Liberty sedan scored well. While many of the smaller, older cars such as the Toyota Echo and Hyundai Getz had very low levels of protection for the driver,” Mr Spalding said.

“Most young drivers opt for a small car when they get their licence, but if they want the best protection in the event of a crash they need to swap for the safer family car.

“Thankfully nowadays safety doesn’t have to come at a high price – many safe used vehicles can be bought for less than $10,000.”

Download the full list here before buying your next car.