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Trevor Collett | Jan, 31 2014 | 10 Comments

Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has launched a new campaign aimed at young drivers looking at the secondhand market for a first car.

The campaign's launch follows new TAC figures released this week, showing a 13 percent drop in hospital admissions due to road collisions in the 2013 financial year.

Victoria’s Assistant Treasurer, Gordon Rich-Phillips said that while the figures were promising, the results could be further improved if all young drivers were driving 4- or 5-star ANCAP rated cars.

Mr Rich-Phillips said that young drivers were more likely to drive the oldest and least-safe cars, and that safer and newer cars were now becoming affordable on the used car market.

"Vehicle safety has come a long way in recent years and people need to be aware that many modern safety features can be found in affordable second-hand cars," Mr Rich-Phillips said.

"We know safer cars save lives and that safer cars are available regardless of the buyer's budget so it's vital that people put safety ahead of all other considerations when buying a vehicle.”

The howsafeisyourcar.com.au website (opens in new window) forms part of the campaign, allowing young drivers and their parents to find safe and affordable vehicles in every car class using a star-rating system.

"If every Victorian took advantage of this information and insisted on at least four stars when buying a car, we would see significant reductions in the road toll and serious injuries," Mr Rich-Phillips said.

The TAC has produced a table with examples of safe yet affordable cars, which is listed below.

Size

Make

Model

Year

Star Rating

Price Range

Small

VW

Golf

99-04

5

$9990

Small

Subaru

Impreza

01-07

4

$4500

Small

Ford

Focus LR

02-05

4

$6990

Medium

Audi

A4

01-08

5

$4500

Medium

Mazda

6

02-07

4

$4100

Medium

Ford

Mondeo

99-01

4

$800

Large

Toyota

Avalon

00-05

4

$1600

Large

Ford

Fairlane AU

99-02

4

$3200

Large

Holden

Commodore VY/VZ

02-07

4

$9200

Large

Nissan

Maxima

06-09

5

$8200

NOTE: The star ratings highlighted above are based on ANCAP testing criteria that was current at the time of each model's launch.

 
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