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 052015

Warranty Direct will sponsor the What Car? Car of the Year Awards for the third year running at this year’s prestigious ceremony in London on January 7.

As well as acting as title sponsor, Warranty Direct will also sponsor the individual City Car category, helping to reveal the best small car on the road.

Warranty Direct has sponsored the coveted Awards since 2013 and works in close partnership with leading car-buying brand What Car?, supporting the judges with potential insights on reliability and running costs.

David Gerrans, Managing Director at Warranty Direct commented “The What Car? awards are a hugely important celebration for the automotive sector, as they recognise the achievements of manufacturers, which then form the basis of expert advice offered to consumers currently contemplating their next car purchase.”

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.

Mar 052009

Honestjohn HAT AwardReading-based warranty supplier, Warranty Direct, is one of the first five automotive companies in the UK to be recognised as one of the UK’s best for customer services by a new award.

Honestjohn.co.uk has launched its Highly Approved Trader (HAT) standard to champion motoring companies that have illustrated best practice and outstanding customer service.

Honestjohn.co.uk was born out of the Honest John column in the Daily Telegraph, which attracts 3 million readers every Saturday. Honest John is a motoring writer and former car trader, whose online forum is now one of the biggest and most popular in the UK, averaging up to 400 new postings every day.

Warranty Direct is the UK’s leading suppliers of direct automotive warranty cover, and was the first company in the UK to cover wear and tear, as well as faults found during service and MOT procedures. It has also campaigned for several years on behalf of the motorist on topics such as potholes and garage labour rates.

“Warranty Direct remains the leading provider of direct automotive warranties in the UK and was the first to cover wear and tear and faults found during routine service and MOT procedures in its policies,” said Warranty Direct Managing Director, Duncan McClure Fisher. “We welcome Honest John’s HAT standard initiative, and we’re delighted to be among the first to be recognised for maintaining the highest level of customer care and value.”

Honestjohn.co.uk offers advice on anything from technical matters to car reviews for people buying a new or used vehicle. Like Warranty Direct, Honest John has always championed the motorist and aims to give drivers greater buying confidence.

With cover starting from as little as £15 a month, visit www.warrantydirect.co.uk or call freephone 0800 731 7001 for more information.

Jul 302008

Motor showNEW FOR 2008 at the Motor Show there will be the Dreamscape Honda’s live action arena, The Heritage Enclosure, The Marine Experience, Kids Driving Acitivities, Disney Pixar World of CARS, The Westfield Active Drift Experience, The Co-operative Insurance Greener Driving Pavilion and EV Village, Garmin Great British Drives,  Brownhills Outdoor Living and What Van? Live.

Plus What Car? in association with Warranty Direct, will be revealing the winners of the first ever What Car? Green Awards at .

In response to overwhelming requests from readers for information on green cars, the awards will comprise 10 categories and an overall Green Car of the Year.

Steve Fowler, What Car? Group Editor, commented: “With increasing environmental concerns among car buyers, not to mention green taxes and spiralling fuel costs, the time is right for a recognised Green Awards. We’re delighted to be able to present them in the Greener Driving Pavilion at The British International Motor Show.

“The focus of these Awards will obviously be on a car’s environmental credentials, but the winners will also be great cars to own and run, without any compromises.”

Nov 022005

Nissan MicraThe Sunderland built Nissan Micra has been awarded the inaugural Warranty Direct Used Car of the Year title – the first ever accolade based exclusively on the cost of keeping your car on the road.

Experts at Warranty Direct, the leading independent automotive warranty provider, made the award after scrutinising the reliability, repair bills, parts costs, labour rates and annual service charges of four-year-old vehicles (either Y or 51 plate models) with an average of 40,000 miles on the clock.

“The old shape Micra ticks all the boxes and is a great example of how British manufacturing and overseas investment can really work together,” explained Duncan McClure Fisher of Warranty Direct. “It’s cheap to maintain, even if something should go wrong – which is a very rare occurrence.”

The UKs biggest selling model, the original Ford Focus, received the Best Family Car accolade thanks to low service (average £169), parts and repair costs (ave. £134.97), sensible labour rates (ave. £50) and good reliability.

Other category winners included the Vauxhall Zafira in the ever-popular Compact-MPV category; the Swindon built Honda CR-V in the fashionable SUV class and the Mercedes-Benz E Class in the aspirational executive category.

Whilst Mazda’s MX-5 two-seater costs an average of £301 for its annual service, bullet-proof reliability easily make it the cheapest used sportscar to maintain on the market today.

Warranty Direct Best Used Car Buys

Ave. Service Cost       Ave. Repair Bill

Small car                     Nissan Micra              £145                            £114.20

Small Family               Ford Focus                 £169                            £134.97

Family                                     Volvo S/V40                £257                            £177.16          

Compact MPV             Vauxhall Zafira            £190                            £209.52          

SUV                             Honda CRV                £218                            £271.88          

Compact Executive    BMW 3 Series                        £299                            £212.45

Executive                    Mercedes E Class      £190                            £276.90

Sports                                     Mazda MX-5               £301                            £210.23

Large MPV                  Fiat Ulysse                  £185                            £249.19


“All the cars named, excel in terms of maintenance costs,” added McClure Fisher. “Admittedly a car purchase will always involve an element of the subjective, but if you had to buy purely on economics, then these are the vehicles that’ll be the easiest on the pocket.”

Top Ten Best Used Car Buys – All categories

1. Nissan Micra           (Model 1998-03)

2. Ford Ka                   (Model 1996-on)

3. Mazda MX-5            (Model 1998-on)

4. Volvo S/V40 (Model 1996-04)

5. Ford Focus             (Model 1998-04)

6. Honda CR-V            (Model 1997-01)

7. Vauxhall Astra         (Model 1998-04)

8. Vauxhall Zafira         (Model 1999-on)

9. Ford Fiesta              (Model 1996-02)

10. Ford Mondeo         (Model 2000-on)