To insurance companies the inclusion of ABS brakes on a proposal is a bonus, because it means that technologically the vehicle has a superior braking ability compared to one without ABS brakes. Some insurance companies reward individuals who purchase a vehicle with ABS brakes by offering a slightly lower premium compared to the same model of vehicle without the ABS brakes feature. In many ways insurance companies are in a strong position to ensure that public awareness and usage of safety features such as ABS brakes and traction control is applied simply by offering reduced annual fees when such features are included.
Traction control is the more recent safety feature adopted by motor manufacturers and appears to be following the same course as ABS brakes did previously, notably by being initially offered as an optional extra. In time, no doubt, traction control will become a standard feature as ABS brakes now appear to be. Today traction control costs are a little difficult to understand, for example on two small cars the manufacturer either charges as little as an additional £50.00 - Skoda Fabia Hatchback or £300 for a Renault Clio 3 door.
In some instances manufacturers supply traction control as a standard fitting, examples of manufacturers that do include Audi, BMW and Hyundai. Not names you might ordinarily expect to share common features, but they should be commended for their intelligent approach to car safety, and hopefully other manufacturers will soon follow.
On the used car market it continues to be necessary to establish the safety features included in the model of vehicle that you have or may be about to purchase, especially if it was built pre-2000. However, you might even consider that an alternative to a pre 2000 car is a vehicle built after 2000 that does not attract high residuals. If badge engineering is not of paramount importance to you compared to the car safety features included with a more mundane name, then you might make a purchase that's not only newer than what you were considering, but safer too.