State’s deadliest used cars revealed
THE state's most deadly second-hand cars have been revealed as the RACQ surveys the best and worst used cars in the market.
The annual Used Car Safety Ratings report, led by Monash University, has revealed there is a stark difference between different models, despite similar price tags.
Disturbingly 107 of the car models studied were given 'poor' or 'very poor' marks for safety, mostly for cars manufactured in the 90s or early 2000s.
Among the safest cars were brands including Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Volkswagen.
However Ford, Holden and Subaru featured on both the best and worst lists.
Researchers measured each model for safety, not only for the driver, but also for other road users.
RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said the data shows buyers can still pick up a good second-hand car, but they need to take a car's safety rating into account.
"A person driving a one-star vehicle is almost twice as likely to be killed or seriously hurt than someone in a five-star car," he said.
"Smart, safe choices needn't hit you in the hip pocket. A safe used vehicle can be
picked up for less than $10,000."
Audi A4/S4 B8/AllRoad/RS4 (2008-2015)
BMW 1 Series E81/E82/E87/E88 (2004-2013)
Ford Mondeo (2007-2015)
Holden Statesman/Caprice WM/WN (2006-2016)
Jaguar X-type (2002- 2010)
Mercedes Benz CLK C209 (2003-2009)
Mercedes Benz E-Class W212/C207/A207 (2009-2016)
Subaru Liberty/Legacy/Outback/Exiga (2009-2014)
Volkswagen Passat (2006-2015)
Daewoo Cielo (1995-1997), Nubira/Lanos (1997-2003)
Daihatsu Applause (1989-1999)
Ford Falcon EF/EL (1994-1998)
Ford Laser (1995-1997)
Holden Commodore VR/VS/Lexcen (1993-1997)
Holden Commodore VT/VX (1997/2002)
Holden/Toyota Corolla/Nova (1994-1997), Toyota Corolla/Allex (1998-2001)
Holden Stateman/Caprice VR/VS (1994-1998)
Honda Civic (1996-2000)
Honda Prelude (1992-1996)
Hyundai Elantra/Accent (2000-2006)
Mazda 323/Familia/Lantis (1995-1998)
Mitsubishi Lancer/Mirage CE (1996-2003), Lancer CH (2003-2007)
Mitsubishi Magna TE/TF/TH/TJ/Verada KE/ 96-03 KF/KH/KJ/Diamante (1996-2003)
Nissan Pulsar/Bluebird Sylphy (2000-2005)
Subaru Impreza (1993-2000)
Subaru Liberty/Legacy/Outback (1994-1998)
Toyota Celica (1994-1999)