RACQ have given parents a cheat-sheet for picking out their child’s first car, with safety at the top of the list.
The 2015 Used Car Safety Ratings have been revealed today, highlighting more than 50 second hand cars given five stars for driver protection.
RACQ Executive Manager Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said it was excellent to see there was a five star rated car in all categories.
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“It really does mean there are good options on the market for every type of motorist and their families when it comes to driver protection,” Mr Spalding said.
“Encouragingly, over 20 vehicles scored a ‘safe-pick’ rating this year; these are the cars with both high levels of protection for the driver and are also those likely to cause less injury to other road users in a crash.”
Mr Spalding said safety needed to be the highest priority when purchasing a used car.
“It may be tempting to put a young driver into an older and cheaper car whilst they’re gaining driving experience but always remember their vehicle is the last line of defence,” he said.
“Safety need not be compromised by price. Many of the top rating used vehicles can be bought for less than $10,000.”
More than 210 second hand cars were scrutinised by Monash University using data from more than seven million real-world crashes across Australia and New Zealand to determine the list of the safest used cars.
The Vehicle Safety Research Group which commissioned the research is comprised of the major motoring clubs and state motoring authorities in Australia and New Zealand.