The NRMA and Monash University Accident Research Centre have released this year's used car safety ratings, with the results showing 57 of the most commonly-crashed used cars have a 5-Star ANCAP score.
It's good news for used car buyers who don't want to compromise on safety.
With increasing numbers of second-hand vehicles now sporting equipment like stability control; traction control; ABS and front, side and curtain airbags, motorists on a budget now have more peace of mind when it comes to safety.
The mid-size category was rated the safest, with 13 cars listed as offering 5-Star safety. Six of those cars also boasted improved safety for non-occupants like pedestrians and cyclists.
"A popular car in the medium category that scored a 'Safe Pick' rating was the Toyota Camry built from 2006 to 2011," said NRMA safety spokesman Jack Haley.
"Second-hand car buyers could pick up a 2006 Camry from about $7,000, making it an affordable and safe vehicle," he continued.
The 2013 Used Car Safety Ratings Buyers' Guide can be viewed via the NRMA's website.
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