Jan 302016
 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want a small 4 x 4 shaped car to get to shops, but off road ability is not essential, then there are two extremes to choose from.

Why Buy?

You will go for the Suzuki SX4 because it is great value for money and it is tough and practical rather than being stylish. It’s the sensible choice. The Freelander is the one that everyone wants because it is made by Land Rover, it looks the 4 x 4 part and if they needed to go off road it is brilliant.

Which models?

The SX4 was introduced in 2006. It is well equipped and the 1.6 petrol model is cheap to run and more than adequate for buyers who don’t do many miles. Although the Freelander has been around for some time this is a revised 2006 model. The diesel versions are the most sought after.

Are they reliable?

Suzuki has a reputation for reliability, rather than excitement, not only that they rarely break down and the Warranty Direct figures bear this out. By contrast, the Land Rover is expensive to fix and is well known for being more of a financial drain.

How much do they cost?

The Suzuki starts at £1700 for a 2006 model and it will be in mint condition. £5500 buys a 2012 example from a dealer, which is great value.

Freelander’s from 2006 start at around £2500 for a three door Td4 example. The best 5 door though will be £5500, so prices vary hugely.

Sum Up: It’s obvious, money to burn, but you want to make a statement: Freelander. Meanwhile, the realist will buy a Suzuki SX4.

Suzuki SX4 

Average Repair Cost: £192.90

Axle and Suspension: 57.69%*

Transmission: 11.54%*

Electrical: 11.54%*

Warranty Direct Rating: Above Average

* failure rate

Land Rover Freelander

Average Repair Cost: £403.14

Transmission: 22.14*

Electrical: 26.97%*

Engine: 12.47*

Warranty Direct Rating: Below Average

* failure rate

Jan 292016
 

Warranty Direct reprised the title sponsorship of the What Car? Car of the Year Awards for the fourth year running, at a prestigious ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in London during January. Nineteen awards were up for grabs at the ceremony which saw the Audi A4 3.0 TDU 218 Sport take the top honours for Car of the Year.

According to What Car? the Audi motor earned the top accolade by bringing a new standard of “refinement, interior quality and technology to the compact executive class.” The Audi A4’s awards tally for the night doubled as it also won the Compact Executive Saloon of the year.

The awards for the Audi A4 were part of a very successful night for owners the VW Group. The motor manufacturer dominated the awards by winning nine out of the nineteen categories. Despite a turbulent year for VW Group, which included the emissions scandal, the German automaker is still considered to be producing some of the best cars on sale today.

Other awards were won on night by the Ford Fiesta ST-2 (Hot Hatch award), the new Mazda MX-5 (Convertible award), Volvo XC90 (Safety award), the Nissan Qashqai (Small SUV award) and the Land Rover Discovery Sport (Large SUV award).

In addition to being the headline sponsor, Warranty Direct also sponsored the individual City Car Award category, revealing the best new city car currently on the market. This award was given to the Hyundai i10 1.2 87 SE for its practicality and drive.

Warranty Direct has sponsored the highly regarded Car of the Year Awards since 2013, working with What Car? to support the judges with invaluable insight on car reliability and running costs.

Warranty Direct managing director, David Gerrans, said: “The What Car? Awards represent one of the most important celebrations on the calendar for all those who work in the automotive industry.

“The Awards honour the accomplishments of individual car manufacturers, which then creates the substance from which expert advice can be offered to any consumers considering their next purchase.

“Warranty Direct always keeps close watch on the Awards success stories, because we then update our unique Reliability Index*, which analyses cars and measures their overall reliability.”

* –  Any new cars released this year, which are contenders for the 2016 Awards sponsored by Warranty Direct, will not appear on the company Reliability Index until 2019.

Jan 282016
 

The thefts of as many as 30,000 vehicles a year, worth £229 million, are not even investigated by police according to new research. Data from 43 of 45 UK police forces from the last six years shows that, of the estimated 117,000 cars a year stolen in the UK, 59,000 are lost entirely and half of these are deemed not worthy of police investigation.

The hardest hit are businesses, because police often classify the taking of fleet or courtesy cars a ‘civil crime’ and will not automatically open a case if a car is thought to have gone missing.

Last year, an HMIC Report revealed that, on average, a quarter of vehicle theft-related crimes in 2013 were not attended to by police.

The new research, by Accident Exchange and its motor fraud investigation team, APU, found that an estimated 700,000 theft-related car crimes took place between 2009 and 2014.

And, based on BCA’s average used car value, APU estimates a total monetary loss of £450mfor all vehicles not recovered and of this £229m for those that were not investigated at all.

Neil Thomas, APU’s Director of Investigative Services, said: “If a vehicle owned by a business rather than an individual – such as a fleet vehicle or garage courtesy car – goes missing, frequently the police tend to consider it a civil crime because the business has effectively allowed someone the use of that car.

“Increasing pressure on police forces in the form of budget cuts and overstretched resources means not enough time can be dedicated to the investigation and retrieval of stolen vehicles.

“But it isn’t just companies that are affected by the findings of our study – a proportion of those thefts not looked into will be private car owners too.”

“The monetary value of the lost vehicles can only be described as the tip of the iceberg, as many recovered vehicles are found damaged or burnt out and subsequently written off. In reality, the loss figure is likely to be higher still.

APU submitted Freedom of Information requests to all 44 police forces in the UK but found that part of the problem is that the way vehicle theft data is compiled is entirely arbitrary, with each force recording different information in different formats.

Mr Thomas continued: “This is further evidence that we need Police, insurance firms, law enforcement agencies and private companies to join the dots and collaborate if we are going to truly take the fight to car thieves.”

APU is a bespoke, anti-fraud unit which specialises in motor fraud and works with police forces across the UK as well as international crime-fighting organisations, including the NCA and NaVCIS. Stolen vehicle recovery and false insurance claim prevention undertaken by APU has also been solely responsible for saving approximately £350,000 in the past 12 months.

Jan 272016
 

Apparently it is Mercedes owners based in Gloucestershire that rack up almost 50% more miles than the average motorist, according to a study by Warranty Direct.

Cars wearing the three pointed star in the South West area are estimated to cover an average of 14,684 miles each year, 46% more than the national average of 10,076 miles and some 18% more than the average figure for Gloucestershire itself.

Elsewhere in the UK, Land Rovers prove their ‘go further’ mantra as they are the hardest-working vehicles in Hampshire, West Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Berkshire – more regions than any other car – with each registering an average mileage of over 13,000.

Overall, Subaru’s cars have the most annual mileage put on them, with an average of 13,740; the Japanese brand’s Legacy is also the highest-miling individual model.

Swedish manufacturers Volvo and Saab both were both revealed as popular choices for high milers, appearing in third and sixth place respectively, while vehicles from top-selling marques Ford and BMW clearly appeal to those who cover long distances as the brands registered 9th and 10th overall.

Cars in Scotland or the South West do the most miles in the UK, with Stirlingshire, Perthshire Gloucestershire, and Somerset all featuring in the top 10 locations for high-mileage cars.

Away from rolling hills and countryside, cars registered in London are far more likely to spend more time sat in traffic than negotiating winding roads – Londoners clocked up characteristically low mileage figure of 7,990, or 26% below average.

David Gerrans, managing director at Warranty Direct commented: “The mileage you do will dictate how quickly certain components on your car could deteriorate, as well as how long you have between service intervals. Naturally, some people work their cars harder than others and that means they need to be mindful of the potential for servicing and maintenance costs to rise.”

The highest mileage vehicles according to Warranty Direct data

Highest mileage by region/brand Average annual mileage
Gloucestershire – Mercedes Benz 14,684
Hampshire – Land Rover 14,076
West Yorkshire – Land Rover 13,953
Kent – Volvo 13,714
Essex – Citroen 13,667
Leicestershire – Land Rover 13,615
Merseyside – Audi 13,578
Hampshire – Volvo 13,432
Somerset – BMW 13,396
Berkshire – Land Rover 13,277

 

Highest mileage by region Average annual mileage
Stirlingshire 12,984
Perthshire 12,536
County Down 12,454
Gloucestershire 11,900
East Lothian 11,710
Somerset 11,707
Northumberland 11,537
Oxfordshire 11,470
Wiltshire 11,320
County Durham 11,219

 

Highest mileage by brand Average annual mileage
Subaru 13,740
Ssangyong 12,136
Volvo 11,663
Nissan 11,090
Volkswagen 10,899
Saab 10,884
Audi 10,873
Land Rover 10,766
Ford 10,215
BMW 10,180

 

Highest mileage by model Average annual mileage
Subaru Legacy 15,976
Nissan Navara 15,376
Volvo V50 13,578
Audi A8 13,546
Volvo XC60 13,250
Volvo V70 13,226
Audi A5 12,830
Volvo XC70 12,695
Volkswagen Tiguan 12,402
Audi Q7 12,321
Jan 132016
 

Warranty Direct reprises the title sponsorship of the What Car? Car of the Year Awards for the fourth year running, at a prestigious ceremony in London on Wednesday 13 January, 2016.

In addition to being the headline sponsor, Warranty Direct will also sponsor the individual City Car Award category, revealing the best new city car currently on the market.

Contenders* for the Warranty Direct sponsored City Car Award include the Fiat 500, Smart Forfour, Suzuki Celerio, and Vauxhall Viva.

Warranty Direct has sponsored the highly regarded Car of the Year Awards since 2013, working with What Car? to support the judges with invaluable insight on car reliability and running costs.

Warranty Direct managing director, David Gerrans, said: “The What Car? Awards represent one of the most important celebrations on the calendar for all those who work in the automotive industry.

“The Awards honour the accomplishments of individual car manufacturers, which then creates the substance from which expert advice can be offered to any consumers considering their next purchase.

“Warranty Direct always keeps close watch on the Awards success stories, because we then update our unique Reliability Index, which analyses cars and measures their overall reliability.

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, go to www.warrantydirect.co.uk.

* –  Any new cars purchased this year, which are contenders for the 2016 City Car Award category sponsored by Warranty Direct, will not appear on the company Reliability Index until 2019.

 ** – price based on a Toyota Auris T2