Jul 262017
 

A UK leading car warranty provider, Warranty Direct, has analysed MOT and vehicle testing data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and claims on over 40,000 of its own live policies to reveal how much the most common MOT issues are costing UK drivers.

Nearly 40 percent (36.8%) of class three and four vehicles (including cars and vans) failed MOTs last year. The faults which caused the majority of failures were lighting and signalling issues, suspensions and brakes.

Lighting and signalling defects were the most common reasons for MOT failures across the UK, causing 19 percent of all failures.

Electrical faults (which incorporate lighting and signalling issues) also made up nearly 20 percent of all Warranty Direct’s authorised claims. According to Warranty Direct, the vehicle makes which experienced the most electrical issues last year were:

  Vehicle make Electrical Faults as Percentage of vehicle make Claims
1 Renault 38%
2 Seat 30%
3 Bentley 29%
4 Ford 24%
5 Mitsubishi 23%

 

While the electrical improvements of newer cars can enhance automotive performance and safety, they can cause more failures due to the complex nature of parts. However, many smaller electrical faults could be avoided by owners carrying out consistent maintenance tasks more regularly between MOTs.

For example: indicator, tail and brake lights can be fitted for as little as £5.00 each. It’s concerning that many British motorists willingly take risks and drive vehicles with dangerous faults on the roads when many of these issues are easily detectable and cheap to fix.

The second-most common cause for MOT failures were suspension faults, which accounted for 13 percent of tests where defects were found. Axle and suspension issues were another major source of claims for Warranty Direct.

Braking systems were the third biggest reason for cars not passing MOTs across the UK, making up 10 percent of all failure rates. Warranty Direct, on average, paid £369.15 for authorised claims made against braking systems.

Despite the expense of such issues, avoiding paying out for repairs on brakes is one of the most dangerous decisions a car owner can make. The Department of Transport reported that in 2015, 1,131 accidents were caused by defective vehicles, of which nearly a third were caused by unsafe brakes (364).

Simon Ackers, CEO of Warranty Direct commented on the latest findings, saying: “The most recent high MOT failure rates are of significant concern. The results indicate a large proportion of drivers are not taking the necessary safety measures when it comes to their vehicles, these costs could also be avoided with the purchase of an extended warranty, which covers failures to insured vehicle parts that are found during a service or MOT test.”

Jul 012016
 

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Three new models recently launched by European manufacturers have been independently tested for safety by Euro NCAP. The Alfa Romeo Giulia, the SEAT Ateca and the VW Tiguan all reached five stars with safety equipment which is fitted as standard throughout the European Union.

From the beginning of this year, Euro NCAP applies a Dual Rating scheme where the default rating issued is based on standard safety equipment available throughout the range. Manufacturers may apply for a second rating, showing the additional safety provided by an optional pack, however, the Giulia, Ateca and Tiguan come with superior standard safety equipment as standard throughout Europe.

All three vehicles offer autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems that help to avoid or mitigate collisions between cars and with pedestrians. Testing of this important safety technology was introduced by Euro NCAP in 2014 for car crashes and this year for pedestrian crashes. The car industry has responded quickly and is fitting an increasing number of models with these life-saving systems.

Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen, said: ‘Euro NCAP shows what can be achieved when governments, consumer groups and motoring clubs from across Europe collaborate. Together, we can exert an influence on the car industry that would be hard to achieve otherwise. We are glad to see some of the major manufacturers making safety equipment standard across EU28, although we know that markets outside the Eurozone are sometimes less well served.’

Sep 162015
 

Aiming to inform all the Reliability Index, made possible by Warranty Direct, helps car owners find out how reliable their vehicle will be in the years to come after it’s fallen out of its manufacturer’s warranty.

Taking factors into account include breakdowns, age, mileage and car efficiency, the results help inform motorists what to possibly expect with their cars.

This week’s car:  Seat Ibiza (2002-2006)

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Reliabilty Index Score:  Good

Seat wants to be seen as the sporty arm of the Volkswagen Group, and with cars like the Ibiza, that shouldn’t be very hard to achieve. With those sharp lines and taut handling, the Ibiza is fun to drive, if not class-leading. Jump into a 1.9TDi Sport though and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one – it’s just a shame that prices are on the high side. – Richard Dredge

What’s great about this car?

Bold styling / Reliability / Spacious interiors / Lusty 1.9TDi engine

What’s not so great?

Firm ride / High prices

Things to keep an eye on

  • Front suspension can produce odd creaks from dried-out bushes.
  • Plastic timing belt tensioners of 1.4 and 1.6 petrol engines fail.
  • Ensure climate control works properly – it sometimes doesn’t.
  • Trim can squeak and rattle badly, with cures sometimes being hard to come by.
  • Stereos fail, especially CD players which can skip all over the place.
  • Headlights can suffer from condensation inside the covers.
  • Alarm systems can be temperamental, and are usually difficult to fix properly.
  • Wiper systems can play up, both front and rear.

For more in-depth details of this car, visit the page at the Reliability Index.