NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads Ray Williams today announced the release of the new Used Car Safety Guide; which provides buyers with the most up to date advice on the safest used car models.
“It is critical that buyers have access to reliable information to help choose an affordable car that will still provide the best protection from injury in the event of a crash,” Mr Williams said.
“Being a father, I know how daunting it is selecting a young driver’s first car. Often on a shoe string budget, it comes down to getting the right balance between safety and affordability.
“This Guide allows drivers to make the most informed decision to ensure they are getting behind the wheel of something safe.
“The Guide works by comparing used cars and provides a safety star rating, with five stars being the safest, and one star being the least safe.
“It includes ratings for all different types of passenger vehicles – small, light, medium and large cars, as well as people movers, vans, utes, and SUVs.
“The great news is that a large majority of the top rating cars fall under the $10,000 price tag – meaning safety does not need to be compromised by price.
“An important feature in the guide is the “Safe Pick” rating which is only given to cars that provide the highest level of safety to their occupants, are fitted with Electronic Stability Control and pose the lowest risk to other road users.
“The guide also includes useful advice like myths about vehicle safety and comprehensive information about car features that can help you avoid a crash.
“I congratulate the joint effort made by the Centre for Road Safety, the NRMA Motoring Services, road safety regulators and car clubs from around Australia and New Zealand on development of this important Guide,” Mr Williams said.