Australia’s safest used cars for 2020 revealed
The latest used-car safety ratings show that buying an affordable second-hand car doesn’t have to mean compromising on safety.
After a year when surging demand for used cars has pushed prices almost 50 per cent higher, finding a decent set of second-hand wheels at an affordable price has not been as easy as it used to be.
According to financial intelligence company Moody’s Analytics, consumers wary of using public transport in a pandemic have flooded the used-car market, pushing the wholesale price up 49 per cent between April and November last year. In November prices were more than 30 per cent higher than the same time a year earlier.
But the good news is it is still possible to buy a decent, and more importantly safe, second-hand car for $15,000 or less.
The just-released annual Used Car Safety Ratings 2020, compiled by Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC), have identified 50 models across a range of vehicle types that also have a strong safety record.
Researchers used real-life data from more than eight million vehicle crashes across Australia and New Zealand to assign safety ratings from one to five stars to 362 vehicle models manufactured from 1982 to 2018.
Of the 50 models that received a five-star safety rating for driver protection and crashworthiness, 25 were recognised as five-star-plus or a ‘safer pick’ because they also reduced the risk of injury for other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
Many of these safer-pick and five-star models are available for less $15,000 and many are under $10,000.