About how safe is your first car

About how safe is your first car

Buying a car is one of the biggest decisions you will make. Long gone are the days that you look for the cheapest old bomb you can afford. Statistics show that young drivers under the age of 25 years are at the highest risk of injury on our road. With this in mind, your first car needs to do more than look hot – it needs to be safe, really safe.

There are plenty of things to think about when buying a car – colour, fuel economy, does it have an awesome stereo? Maybe you've already narrowed the choices down to a few cars that you think are perfect for you. 

This website will help you (and your parents, especially if they are chipping in) compare the safety features of the cars you are thinking about buying. It might even show you a few that you hadn't considered and give you some reasons to choose the safest car you can afford (and maybe squeeze a few extra dollars out of your parents).

Use this website to search through our database of 4 or 5 star safety rated cars that are less that $35,000 and P Plater approved. The safety ratings are based on results from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) for new cars. Used car ratings are taken from Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR) and are based on real world crash data.


This website has been developed and is maintained by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) Victoria.

The TAC is a Victorian Government-owned organisation established in 1986. Its role is to pay for treatment and benefits for people injured in transport accidents. It is also involved in promoting road safety in Victoria and in improving Victoria's trauma system. Funding used by the TAC to perform these functions comes from payments made by Victorian motorists when they register their cars each year with VicRoads


The data contained on this website is sourced from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and the Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR) program which are supported by Australian and New Zealand automobile clubs and the State Government road and transport authorities in Victoria, Queensland, NSW, Western Australia and South Australia, the New Zealand Government and the Australian Federal Government.

The TAC acknowledges these organisations for their assistance in developing this site:

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