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ANCAP ratings easier for second hand vehicles

With increasing technology in newer vehicles, it is easy to see why many are so highly rated according to the Australasian New Car Assessment Program’s (ANCAP) safety ratings.

However, sometimes with older second hand vehicles, it’s more difficult to find information on their safety due to their age. Although, if the vehicle was released before 1994, then there is a good chance that ANCAP crash tested it.

The crash test authority has changed its test categories with every new year, so the criteria that a five star vehicle met in 1995, for example, is different to what today’s vehicles are put through.

Therefore, to make this process easier when you are buying a second hand vehicle, ANCAP has announced plans to add a new datestamp component to all new vehicles. This will signify what the rating year requirements that the vehicle as met or failed to achieve, for example, “Tested 2014”.

Chairman, Lauchlan McIntosh explained that a vehicle from years ago that achieved a five star is still safe, but it has been tested using different parameters.

“ANCAP prides itself on the provision and presentation of independent and easy to understand ratings to consumers,” he said.

“Consumers are now well aware of ANCAP and its 1 to 5 star safety rating system and are interested to know how a 5 star rating of earlier years compares with a 5 star rating of today.”

Although it is impossible to date stamp back models, it does create a comparison between versions and will be useful moving forward.

For consumers investing in a second hand vehicle, it is recommended to log onto the ANCAP website to view the car’s safety ratings. Each model tested is given a comprehensive report that is invaluable to anyone interested in safety.

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.

Research suggests new car trend still decreasing

After months of poor performance in the new car market, a new Roy Morgan Research survey indicates the problem is getting worse.

According to the research, the number of Australian planning to purchase a new vehicle by 2018 has dropped to its lowest level since November 2012.

This could be a concern for many manufacturers, but good news for those selling their used cars. When confidence in the new car market has fallen, it usually points towards an increase of consumer interest in buying second hand vehicles rather than shelling out for a brand new model.

In May, there were approximately 2.17 million potential new car buyers in the market. However, this has dropped to 2.07 million in August and there are no signs of this trend abating.

Industry Director of Automotive at Roy Morgan Research, Jordan Pakes explained buying intentions have also taken a hit in recent months. The survey results reveal that the number of people committing to purchasing a new car in the next year has fallen from 608,000 in July 2014 to 523,000 last month.

“Despite Consumer Confidence starting to stabilise in recent weeks, this has yet to have an impact on our new car buying intentions,” he said.

“Long-term intention now sits at its lowest level since August 2011, while short-term intention hasn’t been this low since February 2010. The Federal Budget in May has certainly impacted peoples’ economic optimism, and ongoing international uncertainty only serves to heighten this sense of gloom.”

With the new car market continues to take a hit, it could be an idea to consider choosing a vehicle out of the AreYouSelling process. These second-hand vehicles are sold at a competitive price and compare well with the options available from newer models.

How to make your car battery last longer

If you have ever had your car battery go flat, you know how inconvenient it can be! [deleted line break] However, there are a few small tricks you can try in order to make your car's battery last the distance. 

Clean your battery

As a general rule, car batteries work better when they are kept clean and tidy.

Make sure you remove corrosion as this can prevent the current passing from the battery to the cables. Not only that, but this will make your battery look in better shape, so it will be easier to sell your car further down the track.

Drive regularly

This can help your battery to last longer. Leaving your car stationary for an extended period of time can affect your battery's charge. 

However, it is also best to avoid taking only short spins, as starting the battery can tax your battery even more. The less often you start your car, the less work your battery will have to do in order to hold a charge. 

Avoid draining the battery completely

While it is essential to take your car out regularly, you should avoid draining the battery. If you can, try not to leave vehicle accessories, such as your heater and satellite navigation systems, on as this can make your battery go flat, so it requires a recharge. Recharging can shorten your car battery's lifespan.

Take care when jump starting

The electronics in modern cars can be damaged if you jump start a flat car battery. In these instances it is best to call for road side assistance to help you get back on the road more quickly.

Service your engine regularly

You should have your engine looked at regularly to ensure it is running as it should. If it is not in good nick, your battery may become overheated and this can reduce its lifespan.

Up-to-date trends to look out for when buying or selling your car

If you plan to sell your car and perhaps purchase a brand new vehicle, keeping up to date with the latest goings on in the motor sale world can give you an extra edge.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released its facts and figures relating to motor vehicle sales in June 2014, which might help you keep abreast of the current trends.

Recent motor vehicle trends from around Australia

In June, when it came to new motor vehicle sales, sports utility and ‘other’ vehicles both experienced increases in purchase. If you’ve got that eye on a brand new shiny red sports car, it doesn’t look like you’re the only one!

In addition to this, seasonally adjusted, seven of the eight states and territories experienced an increase in new motor vehicle sales compared to May 2014, with the Northern Territory, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory the regions with the greatest increases.

These are good figures to keep in mind if you’re planning on buying – do you mind having a similar vehicle to others, or do you want to do something completely unique? Remember, before you buy new it can help to sell your current car first so you have some extra cash in hand, as this might help you splash out on your next dream car.

In selling your vehicle to AreYouSelling.com.au, you’ll be able to get a quick valuation, so you’ll know how much you can budget for your next purchase. Even better, the highest possible price is guaranteed, as is payment before collection and within 24 hours, so the whole process is as hassle and stress-free as possible.

If you’ve got your eye on your dream car and are wanting to buy as soon as possible, why wait around to try and find a reliable buyer when you can skip the trouble? You’ll have your hands behind the wheel of a shiny new car in no time.