Jul 282015

Eco Car Research by Warranty Direct has highlighted the used cars aged three years or older which offer the best combination of reliability and economy, as motorists continue to look for ways to reduce the cost of car ownership.

Manufacturers are continually developing new technology which delivers better fuel consumption and lower emissions, but some more complex machines are still prone to going wrong, forcing owners to foot expensive repair bills.

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.

Ranking cars based on fuel economy in this instance, Warranty Direct used its Reliability Index to name the top ten reliable makes and models of three years or more, as well as the optimal engine and trim combination for the best return at the pumps.

Top ten rated eco cars
(A higher Reliability Index rating means the vehicle is less reliable and more expensive to run)

Eco Table

The results revealed that the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic, with an impressive combined MPG figure of 85.6 had the best mix of fuel economy and reliability. The Smart Fortwo was able to match the Fiesta’s MPG figure and is unlikely to let its owners down, though it suffered marginally more mechanical faults than the Ford.

The SEAT Ibiza, Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Fabia put in a strong showing for the Volkswagen Group with closely matched scores, though the Skoda nudged ahead of its stablemates owing to an MPG return of 83.1. However, the frugal SEAT is statistically more reliable.

David Gerrans, Managing Director at Warranty Direct commented: “the ‘eco’ derivatives of a used vehicle are often desirable, promising economical motoring for the cost-conscious buyer.

“However, savings on fuel and road tax can soon be countered with astronomical bills for mechanical or electrical failure. It is important to take these factors into account when selecting a car based on green credentials.”

Jul 302008

Check-car-oilThree quarters of motorists don’t know oil light meaning

Around 26 million motorists* in the UK are unaware that they are risking serious damage to their cars and four-figure repair bills by not keeping an eye on their oil level.

So says car care company, Comma, as it launches National Oil Check Day on Friday 25th July. To support the campaign, the Company has launched a new website at www.checkyouroil.co.uk to offer valuable information and advice.

Research reveals that three quarters of motorists wrongly rely on the dashboard’s oil warning light as a reminder to top up their engine. Typically, the oil warning light actually means the levels are so low that serious mechanical damage is likely to occur.

Although 96 percent of those surveyed “claimed” they knew what the oil warning light signified, only 1 in 4 correctly repeated standard manufacturer advice of stopping immediately and switching the engine off.  A third would continue their journey until they could top-up despite the risk of blowing the engine altogether!

National Oil Check Day has been set up by Comma to urge motorists to take simple routine car maintenance more seriously.

Three in five drivers don’t carry out the ‘dipstick test’ to check their oil level every month, as recommended, and one in 10 said they never do.

Young drivers (17-24) showed that motorists are becoming increasingly blasé with over a quarter (26%) admitting they never check their oil.

Meanwhile, the older generation, despite being more mechanically savvy, are not without fault – 22% more of drivers over 65 failed to recognise the severity of the oil light coming on than those in the youngest bracket.

“Too many people think of their oil warning light in the same way as their petrol light when, actually, it’s an awful lot more serious,” says Comma’s Mike Bewsey. “By the time the oil light comes on, it’s probably too late to avoid problems and you may only be a handful of miles away from massive inconvenience and a repair bill just as big!”

For further information and to find your nearest stockist, visit www.commaoil.com and click on the Where to Buy button.

  • 26m is 75% of the 34.7m registered drivers in the UK – Source: DVLA