Safe car buying guide – tips for new buying the perfect vehicle

myPPSR Team|13/11/2017

When you are in the market to buy a car it can be difficult to know if the car you are looking to buy is actually safe.

When you see a shiny car that looks straight it can be easy to assume that everything is safe and in perfect running order under the hood, but unfortunately it’s not always the case.

Prospective buyers should take the time to take specific steps regarding the car’s safety before signing on the dotted line and handing over the keys.

Here are some basic steps to ensuring you’re buying a safe car:

Always check the safety ratings for your new wheels before you buy

Logging onto websites that compare care safety is essential in your car-buying journey.

Check out sites such as ANCAP, which is Australia’s leading independent vehicle safety advocate to find out how your car rates compared to other cars on your shopping list.

Arrange a full 40-point safety check before you put an offer in on the car

If you are serious about this new set of wheels, book it in with NRMA or similar in your state or territory to do a safety check covering 40 specific areas.

Your servicing specialist can carry out this safety check for you and will let you know if there are any issues with the car you should be aware of.

Find a car with lots of airbags

While the aim is that you never have an accident, by having a car that is packed with airbags in the front, side and head area you will be purchasing a car that is super safe for you and your family.

Check out the tyres before you buy

You might be simply looking at the exterior and interior of the car you are looking to purchase, but what about the wheels – are they safe enough to carry you on the road and get you from ‘A’ to ‘B’.

Make sure you have a logbook with all the necessary servicing

Before you purchase your car ensure it has logbooks with all the necessary services up to the current date.

If your car is almost new, this will be important for the warranty. Having a record of the services will allow you to understand the life of the car and what might need to be replaced or updated in the near future.


When you are looking to buy a car safety is key, and you should take the time to check a wide range of things throughout the vehicle before you agree to buy it.

Reviewing the tyre tread, battery lights, brakes, windscreen, steering, suspension, transmission, and overall body is essential if you want a car that not only looks great but is safe throughout as well.

A trained mechanic can help you during your car buying journey to ensure you’re not buying a lemon, but rather a car that will stand the test of time.