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Buying a Safe Car

Buying a safe car

There are many factors to be considered when purchasing a vehicle including price, size and safety features.

Buying a safe car is one of the most important purchases we make and choosing the right one can be difficult.

Whether you plan to buy a new or used car, make safety a high priority and do your homework. Compare the car's safety features and star rating to other cars in the same class.

A car can be stylish as well as safe, and it doesn't have to be a luxury model. A new car is not necessarily safer than older models - many used cars rate well in terms of safety and are affordable too.

Older cars, particularly those with the safety features listed below, can be just as safe as or even safer than some new cars.

What to look for

According to the Transport Accident Commission, when buying your next car, you should aim for:

  • A 4 star ANCAP or UCSR safety rating. The more stars the better!
  • Dual front airbags
  • A weight of around 1,300kg
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Daytime running lights
  • Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA)System
  • 3 point seat belts in all positions
  • Headrests (to at least four seats)
  • A cargo barrier, if you’re considering a station wagon
  • A white car. White has been found to be the safest colour

It's even better if you also have:

  • Electronic stability control
  • Curtain Airbags
  • Side airbags
  • A seat belt warning device
  • An anti-whiplash system
  • Automated daytime running lights
  • Load limiters for seat belts
  • Seat belt pretensioners

Further Information

For further information about buying a car, the safety features shown above or crash test results visit the following:


linkSafer Vehicles

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Last Updated: April 30th, 2020
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