The focus is often on the safety credentials of new cars, but for many people buying a second hand car is their only choice.
And there’s no reason why you shouldn’t buy a used car either, especially with today’s long factory warranties and often very affordable prices, even on cars only a year or two old.
Also, just because you’re buying a ‘pre-loved’ car doesn’t mean you have to compromise on safety either.
ANCAP has been handing out safety ratings for cars sold in Australia since the early 1990’s. That means there’s a good chance you can actually ascertain what safety rating your car had when it was new, simple!
Providing the car has been looked after and is in tip-top shape, it should be a handy guide.
Road safety advocates, Thatcham Research, tell us there are three things you should tick off the list before choosing your next used car:
- Check the ANCAP safety rating the car has. This gives a guide on the crash worthiness of the car and its ability to avoid a crash in the first place. A five-star rating is what you should be looking for.
- Does it have AEB (autonomous emergency braking) fitted? AEB monitors the traffic conditions ahead and automatically brakes the car in an emergency situation if the driver fails to respond. It is proven to prevent crashes and widely available on used cars post 2008.
- What additional safety features are available? Look for cars with an additional safety pack including technologies such as Lane Keep Assist, Active Cruise Control, Driver Monitor Systems, High Beam Assist and if you have small children, or are planning on becoming a parent, ISOFIX child seat anchors.