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.

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

Jul 282014
 

The Citroën Berlingo Multispace and Suzuki SX4 are reliability royalty according to the latest statistics from automotive warranty specialist, Warranty Direct.

The company analysed data from more than 50,000 live policies to compile a chart of the best-performing MPV and Crossover models.

Warranty Direct’s unique Reliability Index (www.reliabilityindex.com) takes into account factors such as how frequently a car breaks down, typical repair costs, how long it takes to fix and average age and mileage. The lower a car’s Reliability Index, the more reliable it is.

According to the figures, the best-performing MPVs trump their Crossover cousins and the reliability Queen of the MPV sector is the Citroën Berlingo Multispace (1997-2008), with fewer than two in 10 models experiencing a fault in any given 12-month period.

Citroën has three entries in the MPV reliability chart as the big-selling Xsara Picasso ranks third and the latest Berlingo Multispace eighth.

Ford also has a trio of entries in the MPV top 10. The latest Ford C-MAX takes the runner-up spot and its predecessor, the original Ford Focus C-MAX, is ranked ninth. Tenth place goes to the practical Ford S-MAX.

MOST RELIABLE FAMILY MPVS

Table

Only vehicles available in new car showrooms as recently as 2007 were included in Warranty Direct’s analysis and Japanese brands dominate the top of the Crossover chart. Suzuki took top spot with the SX4 crowned the most reliable high-riding, two-wheel drive model. With the lowest breakdown rate and average repair cost in its class, the Suzuki SX4 finished comfortably ahead of the original Nissan Qashqai.

The closely-related Kia Sportage (2005-2010) and Hyundai Tucson crossovers fought it out for third place, with the Hyundai winning the battle of the South Korean brands to claim the bronze medal position.

MOST RELIABLE CROSSOVERS

Table2

Motorists torn between the practical nature of a family MPV and the rugged appeal of a Crossover model should take note – the top-performing people carriers in the chart logged an average Reliability Index of 73.9, compared to 111 for their taller-riding rivals.

This trend was also reflected in other areas of the study – average repair costs for models in the MPV list averaged £309.33, compared to £349.40 for the best of their Crossover counterparts.

When it comes to individual faults, MPVs are most likely to suffer from electrical gremlins, accounting for an average of 29.6% of faults, while Crossovers are most commonly afflicted by axle and suspension issues – responsible for 28.3% of faults.

David Gerrans, managing director of Warranty Direct, said: “Reliability is a crucial part of any car-buying decision, especially for busy families with already strained household budgets.

“Both MPVs and Crossover models are aimed squarely at family motorists and this analysis of our comprehensive database will make essential reading for anyone considering a family model.”

More information can be found at Warranty Direct’s www.reliabilityindex.com website.

Warranty Direct (www.warrantydirect.co.uk) is the UK’s leading direct-to-consumer insurer for car, van and bike mechanical and electrical failures, with automotive cover starting from as little as £15 a month.