Over the past 12 years, Advanced Drivers of North America has carried out driver safety training throughout the Pacific North West, including six cities (each for different corporate clients) in Washington, from the Tri-Cities in the south-east of the state to Bellingham in the north-west, and of course Seattle.
Buying a safe second-hand car at a reasonable price is always a challenge; the very fact that they aren’t the latest models immediately mitigates against them, and of course the older a car is, the more this typically counts against it.
In Britain, safety experts Thatcham Research have collated the results for cars which cost under £15,000 to buy second hand, have a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and CO2 emissions below 120g/km.
One thing of great interest is how much safety can be added by means of extra ‘packages’ at the time the car is first purchased. See Nos. 1 and 10, below.
In all countries, it is immensely wise to consult the relevant NCAP safety ratings, which in Britain is Euro-NCAP. Here in the USA, check these links, and make sure to check the correct year of manufacture for any used-car purchase you might be interested in:
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – Top Safety Picks (by year)
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – search for a specific vehicle
- NHTSA Vehicle Safety Ratings
Top 10 safest used cars in the UK now
- Volvo V40 with IntelliSafe safety pack (2012-)
- Mazda 3 (2016-)
- Toyota Auris (2015-)
- Volkswagen Golf SV (2014-)
- BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (2014-)
- Volkswagen Touran (2015-)
- Volkswagen Golf (2013-)
- Nissan Qashqai (2014-)
- Peugeot 308 (2014-)
- Volvo V40 (2012-)