Guide to assist with buying used vehicles

If you are considering selling your car in the near future, it is worth considering what type of vehicle you will buy next.

With the private resale market unlikely to get you enough funds for a brand new vehicle, you could think about investing in a second-hand or used vehicle.

To help the you through this process, the NSW government has released the latest Used Car Safety Guide to offer advice on the best models available. Although there is a misconception used cars aren’t safe, the large majority of vehicles featured provide a sound level of protection.

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads, Ray Williams explained that the guide allows buyers to be confident when purchasing a second-hand vehicle.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

It is important to note that most of the five star vehicles featured in the guide are available in the market for under $10,000. This means it’s possible to buy a used vehicle for a cheap price that doesn’t compromise your safety.

The guide also issues a special “Safe Pick” rating that is given to used vehicles that include Electronic Stability Control. These cars pose the lowest risk to other road users and are available for a reasonable price.

Mr Williams also said the guide offers information on vehicle safety myths and features to look out for when buying that can help avoid accidents.

“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,” he concluded.