Apr 272015
 

pic_story1Honda has retained its status as the most reliable manufacturer in the UK for the ninth consecutive year, proven by our research analysed by What Car? experts. The Japanese manufacturer topped the annual survey of 37 manufacturers, which analyses 50,000 live Warranty Direct policies on three to eight-year old vehicles.

Once again, Japanese and South Korean manufacturers dominated the annual study of the most reliable brands with Suzuki and Toyota claiming second and third place. Encouragingly for other manufacturers however, Chevrolet, Ford, Skoda, Peugeot and Fiat also fought their way into the top 10.

At the opposite end of the scale, luxury and prestige marques Bentley and Porsche are the most likely to break down.

What Car? editor Jim Holder said: “Honda’s success in the reliability index is chiefly down to low failure rates. However, when things do go wrong, the cars are also relatively cheap to fix.

“Reliability is always one of the key attributes buyers look for when considering a used car purchase, so manufacturers that consistently demonstrate durability will always do well with the consumer.”

Our Reliability Index analysed by What Car? experts, calculates each vehicle’s reliability using a complex formula that takes into account its failure rate, age, mileage and cost of repair. The lower the RI number, the more trustworthy the car.

Reliability rating of all manufacturers

Position Make Ave Mileage RI Average Cost (£) Highest Cost (£)
1 Honda 50,892.73 41 335.87 2,913.40
2 Suzuki 39,280.27 48 256.04 1,684.84
3 Toyota 50,641.03 66 378.22 5,020.00
4= Chevrolet 35,956.80 82 258.15 2,118.90
4= Mazda 47,649.48 82 398.42 4,546.94
6 Ford 53,214.21 85 289.74 8,014.33
7 Lexus 53,305.39 89 415.90 5,699.94
8 Skoda 50,675.24 90 292.84 3,854.76
9= Hyundai 53,281.01 94 318.54 4,637.66
9= Nissan 48,738.90 94 367.19 20,747.88
9= Subaru 56,991.20 94 456.75 3,933.45
12= Daewoo 40,148.60 97 263.82 1,170.37
12= Peugeot 49,787.60 97 284.62 4,975.00
14 Fiat 43,219.17 98 268.35 2,520.90
15 Citroën 48,805.54 105 311.58 4,026.40
16 Smart 37,672.35 108 291.75 2,544.00
17 Mitsubishi 52,882.69 109 456.29 4,832.59
18 Kia 49,608.72 114 390.01 4,056.00
19 Vauxhall 52,546.81 123 310.07 15,000.00
20 SEAT 51,710.06 125 299.11 5,993.08
21 Renault 48,537.36 130 262.42 4,711.75
22 Mini 44,017.29 136 380.74 4,721.72
23 Volkswagen 54,982.88 137 345.94 5,657.38
24 Rover 44,873.26 150 362.73 3,217.40
25 Volvo 60,664.66 151 377.35 5,604.10
26 Saab 56,991.42 158 327.4 8,862.35
27 Land Rover 67,011.84 162 428.47 15,350.00
28= BMW 58,174.77 180 447.18 35,000.00
28= MG 38,370.18 180 401.96 3,901.46
30 Jaguar 50,879.61 185 419.57 9,347.00
31 SsangYong 49,884.41 211 431.55 2661.39
32 Mercedes-Benz 54,341.10 215 452.7 16,115.38
33 Chrysler 52,454.94 221 399.47 3,747.22
34 Audi 59,054.52 223 515.41 15,438.42
35 Jeep 52,582.81 227 439.89 3,694.00
36 Porsche 41,829.73 380 784.71 10,348.00
37 Bentley 38,113.59 637 678.5 8406.65

Warranty Direct managing director, David Gerrans, said: “Household budgets continue to be stretched further in the current economic climate; the last thing people need is a car that costs them money they don’t have in unwanted bills.

“It is imperative that consumers research their intended purchases thoroughly before taking the plunge. Not taking the time to look over something as easy to use as our Reliability Index could mean making the wrong choice and inadvertently landing yourself with a car that causes you nothing but hassle and a financial headache.”

Overall, the most reliable models are the Honda Jazz and Mitsubishi Lancer, both of which also carry reasonable average repair costs. The least reliable model, the Audi RS6, is also the most costly to fix, with an eye-watering average repair bill of £1003.25

Electrical faults are the most common across all cars, acting as the catalyst which sends almost a quarter (22.34%) of vehicles to the garage. Axle and suspension faults are also common, affecting 22% of cars. Air conditioning is the cause of least concern to motorists, being reported by a minimal 3% of owners.

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.

Apr 242015
 

pic_story2Research from Halfords shows that where a car-owner lives can reveal how they make their journey, as the retailer uncovers each region’s motoring must-haves. The best-smelling cars can be found in Crawley, where shoppers snap up the most car air fresheners, while those from Shropshire commute in the cleanest cars, with more pressure washers being sold there than anywhere else in the UK.

Irish car-owners travel with the most technology, as Galway residents buy the most Bluetooth enabled gadgets and Cork motorists buy the most car stereos.

Drivers in Norwich know their way around, as the most sat navs are sold in East Anglia, while distraction tactics are key for parents on road trips in Horsham, West Sussex as they buy the most in-car DVD players.

Car-owners in the North lead the way with safety-conscious purchases. Recent changes in the Scottish legal drink-drive limit mean that Glaswegians are snapping up the most ‘morning-after’ breathalyser products, while Geordies are the most safety-conscious drivers in the country purchasing the most dash cams, which are used to record car journeys.

The findings of the most popular motoring buys across the UK also reveals that motorists in the South are the most prepared for MOT season, buying replacement parts in advance to ensure cars pass the annual roadworthiness test. Research found that car bulbs are highly sought-after in Swindon, car batteries are proving popular in Kingston and those from Plymouth purchase the most wiper blades.

Luke Berry, motoring manager for Halfords, says: “Our motoring map shows that how you make your journey varies across the country. While travelling in a clean car is a priority in Shropshire, driving with the latest gadgets is a must-do in Ireland. And making sure your motor is MOT ready is important to Southerners who are well prepared for their travels with bulbs, blades and car batteries proving firm favourites.”

“As registration plates change in March, this month sees a peak in the number of MOT tests. Halfords carries out around 50,000 MOT tests every March at its Autocentres. By having a regular mechanical check-up you should be able to reduce your bills and keep peace of mind.”

Apr 162015
 

Honda has retained its status as the most reliable used car manufacturer in the UK for the ninth consecutive year, according to research by What Car? and Warranty Direct.

The Japanese manufacturer topped the annual survey of 37 manufacturers, which analyses 50,000 live Warranty Direct policies on three to eight-year old vehicles.

Once again, Japanese and South Korean manufacturers dominated the annual study of the most reliable brands, with Suzuki and Toyota claiming second and third place. Encouragingly for other manufacturers however, Chevrolet, Ford, Skoda, Peugeot and Fiat also fought their way into the top 10.

At the opposite end of the scale, luxury and prestige marques Bentley and Porsche are the most likely to break down.

What Car? editor Jim Holder said: “Honda’s success in the reliability index is chiefly down to low failure rates. However, when things do go wrong, the cars are also relatively cheap to fix.
“Reliability is always one of the key attributes buyers look for when considering a used car purchase, so manufacturers that consistently demonstrate durability will always do well with the consumer.”

Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index analysed by What Car? experts, calculates each vehicle’s reliability using a complex formula that takes into account its failure rate, age, mileage and cost of repair. The lower the RI number, the more trustworthy the car.

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Warranty Direct managing director, David Gerrans, said: “Household budgets continue to be stretched further in the current economic climate; the last thing people need is a car that costs them money they don’t have in unwanted bills.

“It is imperative that consumers research their intended purchases thoroughly before taking the plunge. Not taking the time to look over something as easy to use as our Reliability Index could mean making the wrong choice and inadvertently landing yourself with a car that causes you nothing but hassle and a financial headache.”

Overall, the most reliable models are the Honda Jazz and Mitsubishi Lancer, both of which also carry reasonable average repair costs. The least reliable model, the Audi RS6, is also the most costly to fix, with an eye-watering average repair bill of £1003.25

Electrical faults are the most common across all cars, acting as the catalyst which sends almost a quarter (22.34%) of vehicles to the garage. Axle and suspension faults are also common, affecting 22% of cars. Air conditioning is the cause of least concern to motorists, being reported by a minimal 3% of owners.

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.