Feb 272015
 

DieselParis (2)Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo wants to make Paris a diesel-free city by 2020. The first step, she said, will be to ban the “most polluting” diesel delivery trucks and buses by July 2015. So could that happen here next? So should you buy a used diesel?

Hidalgo said Paris wanted to “follow the example of 200 European cities” that have created low-emission zones. A pollution peak in March 2014 caused the city authorities to ban half of all vehicles, allowing licence plates ending in an odd number or even number on alternate days.

The European Environment Agency (EEA) reported that Paris had an average of 147 microgrammes of particulate matter (PM) per cubic metre of air – compared with 114 in Brussels, 104 in Amsterdam, 81 in Berlin and 79.7 in London.

Potentially such measures could come to the UK. Buying a brand new diesel especially if a motorist covers a modest mileage would be unwise. However, used diesel cars that are over three years old are set to become cheaper. Those who want an even easier time should consider buying older petrol models that may not be subject to such restrictions.

Feb 272015
 

The Honda HR-V is the SUV most likely to keep you on the road in winter, according to a study by Warranty Direct.

SUVs and 4x4s now claim 11% of the market – up from 4.5 per cent in 2000* – as motorists are attracted by the prestige, commanding driving position and 4×4 capability of SUVs and 4x4s.

Warranty Direct analysed its 50,000 live policies, using the Company’s unique Reliability Index (www.reliabilityindex.com) to measure overall reliability by combining rate of failure, average mileage, age and repair cost.

Honda’s HR-V (99-06) – available used from just £2,000 – performed significantly better than other SUVs, with only one in 10 recording a fault in the last 12 months. The Suzuki Jimny was second most reliable in the sector, with one in five suffering a breakdown each year.

While the average SUV repair bill is £420, Warranty Direct reports that costs can soar as high as £16,000.

Top 10 rated 4×4/SUVs
(A lower Reliability Index rating means the vehicle is more reliable and less expensive to run)

Top Rated 4x42

The 10 best performing SUVs are dominated by Japanese and Korean manufacturers, although Swedish manufacturer Volvo is cheapest to fix, with the lowest ‘largest claim’ cost of the top 10.

At the other end of the scale, the Mercedes-Benz GL is the least reliable of the off-roaders, with eight in 10 breaking down each year; the Audi Q7 and Audi A6 Allroad are not far behind.

Bottom 5 rated 4×4/SUVs
(A higher Reliability Index rating means the vehicle is less reliable and more expensive to run)

Bottom Rated 4x42

Warranty Direct managing director, David Gerrans, said: “The SUV market segment has developed significantly in recent years. In comparison to some other vehicles, they are fairly expensive to run but our study shows that there are reliable SUVs available which are not too costly.

“Many drivers take pride in ownership of large 4x4s and SUVs, enjoying the superior driving position and practicality of a sizeable vehicle – but motorists can get their hands on one of these for £2,000 or less.

“A 4×4 is most definitely the transport of choice for motorists during winter; they cost a little more to run, but they are more likely to withstand challenging conditions.”

Warranty Direct cover starts from as little as £15 a month. For more information on the reliability of your vehicle, visit www.reliabilityindex.com, or for a quote on cover www.warrantydirect.co.uk.

Feb 252015
 

P1090618 copyRoad safety charity, Brake and Direct Line released data on drivers’ attitudes when it comes to vehicle safety checks and basic maintenance.  Almost half of respondents admitted to driving with at least one risky vehicle problem or defect.  So what they need is the reassurance of a warranty.

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), the professional body for the motor industry which is campaigning for the licensing of the retail motor trade, believes fears of being over-charged or given poor service by garages are probably contributing to motorists’ attitudes.

Over a quarter (26%) of motorists surveyed** by the IMI last year said that they wouldn’t feel confident challenging a bill because of technical jargon used and 1 in 10 said they don’t like visiting a garage because they feel they are not treated with respect.

Here is the best reason for having a warranty where the claims procedure will protect the motorist and ensure that the repairs are carried out properly. If you would like to learn more visit Warranty Direct or call us on 0800 731 7001 to see how much you could save with a warranty!

Feb 232015
 

66735peuWarranty Direct has revealed the top 10 most reliable city cars which could bring a smile to the faces of beleaguered commuters in the wake of growing complaints about public transport. Nationally rail journey satisfaction dropped to a low point of 81% in autumn 2014, with punctuality and value for money proving to be the main gripes. However, the canny urbanite may find that getting behind the wheel of a city car is a convenient and cost-effective alternative, with the Peugeot 107 emerging as the most reliable option.

In response to this Warranty Direct has compiled a selection of dependable city cars that won’t cost the earth to run or let their owners down, whether darting through congested city streets or zipping along faster roads.

Warranty Direct analysed its 50,000 live policies, using the Company’s unique Reliability Index (http://www.reliabilityindex.com/) to measure overall reliability by combining rate of failure, average mileage, age and repair cost.

However, with repair bills on some pint-sized runabouts exceeding £2000, it is important to choose wisely.  Here, Warranty Direct has named the top ten city cars based on their reliability which makes them sensible options for motorists looking to cut their costs.

Top ten rated city cars

(A higher Reliability Index rating means the vehicle is less reliable and more expensive to run)

Make Model Year Reliability Index Score Largest repair bill
Peugeot 107 (05-) 19 £763.88
Citroen C1 (05-) 22 £1030.00
Kia Picanto (04-) 27 £724.00
Volkswagen Lupo (99-05) 31 £486.75
Toyota Aygo (05-) 32 £976.05
Volkswagen Fox (06-12) 44 £1144.28
Ford Ka (96-09) 48 £1226.38
Smart ForTwo (07-) 53 £918.89
Fiat Panda (04-) 56 £1345.44
Chevrolet Matiz (05-) 65 £319.60

 

Perhaps surprisingly, the trendy Fiat 500 fell into the bottom five category, while Fiat’s older Panda model performed well, finishing ninth. Those looking to make a style statement may prefer to look at Smart’s ForTwo, as the 2007 onwards model put in a strong showing. However, the previous Smart ForTwo, originally known as the ‘City Coupe’, finished last overall.

Bottom five rated city cars

(A higher Reliability Index rating means the vehicle is less reliable and more expensive to run)

Make Model Year RI Score Largest repair bill
Smart ForTwo (03-07) 107 £1565.31
Peugeot 1007 (05-09) 106 £1597.80
Fiat 500 (08-) 77 £2074.00
Daewoo Matiz (98-05) 71 £637.70
Rover CityRover (03-05) 70 £809.84

 

David Gerrans, Managing Director at Warranty Direct commented: “With growing concerns about the rising cost of public transport and the inconvenience caused by strike action, choosing a reliable city car instead could be a wise move.

“In the past decade, these small cars have grown up and are now more advanced and efficient than ever before. However, some small cars have given their owners cause for concern with high repair bills so be careful with your selection.”

Warranty Direct cover starts from as little as £15 a month. For more information on the reliability of your vehicle, visit http://www.reliabilityindex.com/, or for a quote on cover http://www.warrantydirect.co.uk/.

Feb 182015
 

Warranty Direct has revealed the top 10 most reliable city cars which could bring a smile to the faces of beleaguered commuters in the wake of growing complaints about public transport.

Nationally rail journey satisfaction dropped to a low point of 81%* in autumn 2014, with punctuality and value for money proving to be the main gripes. However, the canny urbanite may find that getting behind the wheel of a city car is a convenient and cost-effective alternative, with the Peugeot 107 emerging as the most reliable option.

In response to this Warranty Direct has compiled a selection of dependable city cars that won’t cost the earth to run or let their owners down, whether darting through congested city streets or zipping along faster roads.

Warranty Direct analysed its 50,000 live policies, using the Company’s unique Reliability Index (www.reliabilityindex.com) to measure overall reliability by combining rate of failure, average mileage, age and repair cost.

However, with repair bills on some pint-sized runabouts exceeding £2000, it is important to choose wisely. Here, Warranty Direct has named the top ten city cars based on their reliability which makes them sensible options for motorists looking to cut their costs.

Top ten rated city cars

(A higher Reliability Index rating means the vehicle is less reliable and more expensive to run)

Top City Cars

Perhaps surprisingly, the trendy Fiat 500 fell into the bottom five category, while Fiat’s older Panda model performed well, finishing ninth. Those looking to make a style statement may prefer to look at Smart’s ForTwo, as the 2007 onwards model put in a strong showing. However, the previous Smart ForTwo, originally known as the ‘City Coupe’, finished last overall.

Bottom five rated city cars

(A higher Reliability Index rating means the vehicle is less reliable and more expensive to run)

Bottom City Cars

David Gerrans, Managing Director at Warranty Direct commented: “With growing concerns about the rising cost of public transport and the inconvenience caused by strike action, choosing a reliable city car instead could be a wise move.

“In the past decade, these small cars have grown up and are now more advanced and efficient than ever before. However, some small cars have given their owners cause for concern with high repair bills so be careful with your selection.”

Warranty Direct cover starts from as little as £15 a month. For more information on the reliability of your vehicle, visit www.reliabilityindex.com, or for a quote on cover www.warrantydirect.co.uk.