Looking for a second-hand car that is safe and affordable? We’ve made it easy for you.

Buying a second-hand car, either as a first car or a second car for families can be a really cost-effective option - not only can you afford a better model but you don't instantly lose thousands off the value as soon as you drive it away.

But even on a budget we strongly recommend buying the safest car you can to ensure you have as much protection as possible in a crash.

Using the annual Used Car Safety Ratings Guide, we’ve found 10 cars with a 5-star safety rating that are priced under $10,000*.

Honda City (09-13)   From $7,000

Honda City
Honda City

Pros: Light on fuel, great cargo space for its size
Cons: Can be noisy under load

VW Passat (06-15) From $5,000

VW Passat
Volkswagen Passat

Pros: Premium interior, good levels of refinement
Cons: Potential maintenance costs of older models

Ford Mondeo (07-15) From $4,500

2010 Ford Mondeo
Ford Mondeo

Pros: Lots of space, good equipment levels
Cons: Limited market when you come to sell

Kia Carnival (06-11) From $6,400

Kia Carnival
Kia Carnival

Pros: Hugely spacious, flexible interior
Cons: Fuel consumption on petrol models, interior can wear

Subaru Liberty / Legacy / Outback / Exiga (09-14) From $8,000

Subaru Liberty
Subaru Liberty

Pros: All wheel drive, safety cred generally
Cons: Check service costs/frequency

Holden Commodore VF (13-17)  From $9,900

Holden Commodore VF
Holden Commodore VF

Pros: Plenty of room inside, excellent handling
Cons: V6 engine can be coarse, technology beginning to age

Volvo V70/XC70 (00-07) From $7,300

Volvo V70
Volvo V70

Pros: Excellent safety credentials, interior quality
Cons: Maintenance costs

BMW 5 Series E60/61 (03-10) From $8,000

Silver 2009 model BMW 5 series sedan
BMW 5 series

Pros: Refinement, good handling
Cons: Maintenance costs, depreciation rates

Nissan X-Trail (07-14) From $8,000

Nissan X-Trail
Nissan X-Trail

Pros: Big choice of vehicles, roomy
Cons: CVT transmission in automatics can make engine seem noisy

Mitsubishi Outlander (06-12) From $8,000

Red Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi Outlander

Pros: Affordable, hard wearing interior, reliable
Cons: CVT transmission in some models, hard interior plastics

*Prices sourced from publicly available used car listings in Western Australia, August 2019

Last updated: September 2019

Why we only insure safer cars

The safer the car you drive, the better the potential outcome in a crash. That's why RAC only insures or finances cars manufactured from 2012 and upwards with a 4 or 5-star ANCAP rating.

We want to help make WA roads safer for everyone.

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