Drivers are being advised to do thorough research before choosing a used car after a study showed high death rates among young motorists driving old cars.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said its research shows a clear link between fatal accidents involving under-20 male drivers and the age of their cars.
The charity has now issued a series of recommendations for drivers when choosing second-hand cars, to help them improve their safety and avoid unnecessarycar insurance claims.
Buyers have been urged to look preferably for a four-star New Car Assessment Programme rating and not settle for anything less than three stars.
Models should ideally be in insurance group three or under and have long manufactures' warranties.
Young car buyers were also advised to look at depreciation of a car before making a purchase and check out smaller cars as they are likely to have lower mileage.
IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: "A new car won't be an option for everybody but there are plenty of used cars that will be almost as good - you do need to do some thorough research though."
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