Safety first—check the safety rating of used cars

Media Release


06 September 2017

  • 2017 Used Car Safety Ratings Guide released
  • Many of the popular used cars on the market given rating between one to five stars.
  • Of the 389 vehicles rated, 53 models received an excellent rating, while another 53 received a rating of good

If you are looking for a safe car on a budget, the Used Car Safety Ratings guide will help to find a car that meets your needs.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Used Car Safety Ratings guide, which the Australian government has co-sponsored, highlights the safety ratings on 389 vehicles manufactured between 1982 and 2015.

“This guide will be useful for motorists in the market for a used car including young drivers and their parents.

“Young drivers are disproportionately affected by road crashes and are most at risk in their first six months of driving.

“It is striking to note that occupants are 10 times more likely to be seriously injured in the lowest rated cars compared to the highest rated cars. This guide shows that you don't need to compromise on safety when purchasing a second hand vehicle.

“For most young people, the first car they own is a second-hand car and likely the least safe.

“This is a helpful tool to check the rating and keep safety at the forefront,” Mr Chester said.

“Road safety is a responsibility for all, and buying a safe car is a big part of that. I would like to encourage all parents to use the guide when having conversations with their kids regarding purchasing the safest possible vehicle that they can afford.”

This Used Car Safety Ratings guide goes hand-in-hand with the ANCAP safety rating system for new cars.

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