When buying a Motors used family car safety is often one of the prime concerns. If your family is going to travel in the car, you want to be sure above all else that they be safe in the event of a crash.
This leads some people to buy bigger sturdier cars such as 4x4s, but the best way to discern a cars safety levels is through the Euro NCAP ratings. Find whichever used cars you have in mind on their lists and check the safety ratings.
In the small multi-purpose vehicle category, the Ford C Max and the Ford Grand C Max lead the way. A range of factors are taken into account such as adult safety, child safety and pedestrian safety. They have five point ratings along with the Vauxhall Meriva, Hyundai ix20, Citroen Xsara Picasso, Toyota Verso, Mini Countryman and Peugeot 5008 to name but a few.
The large MPVs seem particularly safe. The VW Sharan and the Seat Alhambra both gain good five star ratings.
In the large family car category the Citreon DS5 and the Audi A4 seem to excel with good figures in the breakdown and an overall five star rating. In terms of small family cars, the Lexus CT 200H and the Volkswagen Golf seem to fair particularly well.
When looking at used cars, safety ratings are as important as if you were buying new. Most of the mainstream brands know how important their Euro Ncap rating is so they generally score pretty highly without fail. Nevertheless, you should still be meticulous when looking through used cars and look up the rating of the vehicle in question.
The other way to ensure that your vehicle is completely safe is to put it through a data check to see that it has never been written off therefore damaging the integrity of the used cars frame.