Jan 062017
 

Warranty Direct are delighted to announce that they will reprise their role as the headline sponsor of the What Car? Car of the Year Awards for the fifth year running. The event will be held at a prestigious ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House in Park Lane on Wednesday 11 January, 2017 and we are already counting down the days until the event!

The What Car? Car of the Year Awards, in association with Warranty Direct, are the accolades every manufacturer wants to win. Only the cars setting the standards for their respective class are nominated, with various manufacturers competing for the top prize in motoring – the What Car? Car of the Year Award.

What Car? is the UK’s biggest car-buying brand and has been helping Britain’s car buyers make purchasing decisions for more than 40 years. Their tests are widely regarded as the most trusted source of new car advice. In addition to being one of the headline sponsors, Warranty Direct will also sponsor the individual City Car Award category, revealing the best new city car currently on the market.

Current long-list contenders for the Warranty Direct sponsored City Car Award are the Hyundai i10, Skoda Citigo, Suzuki Celerio and Volkswagen Up.

When considering the nominations for what makes a great city car, the judges have strict criteria, considering a number of key factors such as:

  • A keen list price with low running costs
  • Ease of use. The best urban run-arounds should be effortless to drive and compact enough to fit into tight spaces and easy to see out of as well
  • Low prices should not entail poorly finished interiors or mean skimping on vehicle equipment lists
  • The best city cars should feel safe and composed on the motorway, so longer trips don’t become stressful or tiring

Speaking about the impending awards, our Chief Operating Officer, Philip Ward is full of enthusiasm in the build-up to the event:

“The What Car? Awards epitomise one of the most celebrated events in the motoring calendar. The Awards recognise the achievements of individual car manufacturers, creating results from which expert advice can be offered to consumers considering their next purchase. We are proud to be sponsoring the awards again, for the fifth year running and for continuing to work with such a strong partner.”

Other categories at the awards will include: Best small car, Family car, Convertible, Electric car, Sports car, to name but a few.

One thing’s for sure, we are all incredibly excited about the What Car? Awards, which not only honour the accomplishments of individual car manufacturers, but also the industry’s ability to revive and improve their products every year. There’s always a real sense of team spirit and support at the awards, which you don’t always experience across other industries.

With the awards mere days away, Warranty Direct will make sure our customers are some of the first to know about the results! Keep visiting our blog page and social feeds where we will share news about the awards as soon as they’re presented.

Warranty Direct provides extended motor warranty cover and can supply GAP Cover Insurance for brand new or used cars as well. For more information, visit us at www.warrantydirect.co.uk.

Sep 252015
 

Skoda RoomsterVauxhall Meriva

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skoda Roomster vs Vauxhall Meriva

Small, practical and slightly funky cars are all the rage and perfect for equally funky families.

Why Buy?

We buy cars on looks and when we do that we end up with a Roomster. Cheaper to buy and run than the Yeti, with a less odd name but bags of space. The Meriva is good to drive and has groovy doors as the rear ones hinge the other way. Lots of space inside of course.

Which models?

The Skoda Roomster dates from 2005. There is a Scout model which made it look a lot more like an off roader, so its all for show and no 4 x 4 go. 2010 is when the Meriva became really interesting with those hand clap style doors. Also more refined and better to drive too.

Are they reliable?

On the whole both vehicles are pretty reliable and the Skoda seems to have faults spread around the fewest components. Both the Vauxhall and the Skoda suffer from the modern malady which is electrical issues. Both though rate above average according to Warranty Direct.

How much do they cost?

The Roomster can now be bought below £2000 and at the other end of the scale a two year old example is just over £12,000. You might get a 2010 Meriva with high mileage for £3300 rising to £13,500.

Sum Up: Both are great small family cars. The Roomster does not look it, but is the more conventional. Most of all both are interesting.

Skoda Roomster

Average Repair Cost: £333.75

Electrical: 45.45*

Axle/Suspension: 18.18%*

Gearbox: 13.64*

Warranty Direct Rating: Above Average to Good

* failure rate

Vauxhall Meriva

Average Repair Cost: £287.23

Electrical: 32.95%*

Steering System: 16.76%*

Transmission: 13.29*

Warranty Direct Rating: Above Average

Aug 272015
 

mazda SuperbFamily cars only have to be spacious and reliable. Does the Mazda or Skoda offer anymore than that?

Why Buy?
The Mazda 6 is a good looking car, plus it has loads of room inside and for the enthusiast driver it is huge fun too. The Skoda Superb is rather more laid back majoring on masses of space and equipment and a range of versatile engines. It is all about comfort.

Which models?
The Mazda 6 is from 2007 and lasted two years with a decent specification especially if you go for the middle order TS or TS2. The 2008 Superb ran up until this year and hatchback has a huge range of engines to choose from and SE has plenty of kit despite not being top of the range.

Are they reliable?
Although Warranty Direct finds that the average repair cost is high for the Mazda the number of problem areas is restricted to a few key areas. The opposite is true of the Superb, but overall the indication is that the Japanese car will be the more durable.

How much do they cost?
The Mazda 6 starts at around £3000 and this would be a hard working ex-fleet car rising to around £7000. Around £3500 is the start for early cars rising to more than £20K for a model sold this year. £10K buys a tidy example.

Sum Up: Like we said at the beginning if you want a fun to drive car when not doing family duties you go for the Mazda 6 and if comfort and equipment is all you need then the Superb makes the perfect family car.

Mazda 6
Average Repair Cost: £473.15
Electrical: 29.27*
Axle/Suspension: 12.2%*
Engine: 136.59*
Warranty Direct Rating: Above Average to Good

* failure rate

Skoda Superb
Average Repair Cost: £341.02
Electrical: 25.93%*
Fuel System: 7.41%*
Engine: 40.74*
Warranty Direct Rating: Below Average