Buying a Car

Whether you’re looking to update your car or buy your first car, look no further!
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Safety Rating

You are twice as likely to die or be seriously injured in a crash in a 1-star or 2-star than in a 5-star vehicle. So if buying your child their first car, this is something to look for if they are driving on the open road.

Safety Features

There are two types of vehicle safety features – those that help you avoid a crash and those that offer you protection in the event of a crash.

Safety features are always improving, and while it’s important that the vehicle has as many safety features as possible, we encourage you to look for your vehicle’s safety rating when buying a vehicle as the safety rating assesses the vehicle’s structural integrity of the cabin area and the crumple zones ability to absorb crash forces as well as the performance of the safety features.

Crumple Zones

Protect occupants by absorbing crash energy and reducing the forces to which you’re exposed. This is because the front and rear sections of a vehicle crumple in a controlled and progressive manner, allowing the occupant compartment to decelerate more slowly. The deceleration means less force passes on to you and injury is less likely.

CAR SAFETY RATINGS

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WHAT CAN YOU CONTROL?

You only have control over:

  • The choice of vehicle you use
  • The route you take
  • The number of passengers in the vehicle
  • The day and time you travel
  • Your driving behaviour
  • The speed you travel at