It is becoming normal for people to replace old products with new ones. Whether this is in order to purchase the latest phone, laptop or TV, most people consider an upgrade as an improvement.
However, when it comes to selecting a replacement vehicle, the recently released 2015 Used Car Safety Ratings report has confirmed that older cars can still protect you in the event of a road accident.
Published by the National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA), the study lists safety ratings for vehicles manufactured in the last two decades. The assessments were calculated on crash data and how well vehicles could protect drivers, passengers and other motorists from sustaining injuries in the event of an accident.
Which vehicles come out on top?
In total, more than 50 vehicles were awarded five star safety ratings by the Monash University Accident Research Centre, which scrutinised the information. Although some of these models were released as long as 20 years ago, these cars are still great choices for those considering an upgrade.
Three vehicles stood out from the pack: the Commodore Ute VE, the Ford Fiesta VS and VW Golf.
New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Roads Duncan Gay explained the importance of motorists reading this guide before purchasing a used vehicle.
“The Guide highlights to buyers of all ages, when purchasing a second-hand vehicle, it shouldn’t primarily be about colour or style – safety is paramount,” he said.
“These independently determined ratings which are released annually help buyers make smart and informed decisions when purchasing used cars.”
It is important to note that many vehicles also achieved the worst rating – one star. This means they provide very poor driver protection and do little to decrease the chance of injury or death if you are involved in a serious road accident.
NRMA vehicle safety expert Jack Haley provided a grave statistic in relation to this finding.
“A driver of the worst rated vehicle is more than six times as likely to be killed or seriously injured in the same crash as the same driver in the best vehicle.”
NSW car accident compensation
Regardless of whether you are injured in an accident involving a vehicle from 1995 or 2015, you could be eligible for compensation. Under the NSW motor accident compensation scheme, drivers and pedestrians can claim compensation to cover medical and loss of income.
A car accident compensation lawyer can provide advice on your possible claim and discuss your options. For more information, contact our team of lawyers today.