Jul 132011
 

Monster CarIf Dr Frankenstein built a car, it would surely look something like this – meet the Monster Mk1.

The Warranty Direct-inspired horror vehicle would break down every other month and cost an average of £2,050 to fix each year.

By uniting the cars with the worst profiles across the categories that make up its Reliability Index (www.reliabilityindex.com), a unique tool that measures car reliability by considering average cost of repair, frequency of failure, age and mileage, Warranty Direct reckons its ghastly creation is the stuff of nightmares.

The disastrous car cocktail draws its power from an MG TF engine, sits on the suspension of a BMW M3, has the electric workings of the Renault Megane, the gearbox of a Land Rover Freelander and the braking ability of the Audi A8.

Overall, the Monster Mk1 claims a Reliability Index figure of over 500 – more than five times that of the average car.

The ‘body parts’ of the ‘Nightmare MK1’

Make and Model Car part
Audi A8 Brakes
BMW M3 Suspension
MG TF Engine
Land Rover   Freelander Gearbox
Mercedes-Benz   V-Class Ignition
Renault Megane Electrics
SEAT Alhambra Air-conditioning
SEAT Toledo Heating &   Cooling systems
Volvo C70 Steering system

 

Overall, the Reliability Index shows that four in 10 vehicles require a trip to the workshop each year and some models can cost up to £7,000 a time to fix.

Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, said: “The Monster Mk1 represents the worst-performing vehicles in every sector, from suspension to electrics, on our roads today.

“The wide range of cars included in our special blend highlights how mostly reliable cars can be dragged down by one problem part.”

Nearly 40 percent of BMW M3s require repairs to axle and suspension components alone each year, while the same proportion of Renault Meganes report an electrical fault.

One in five Land Rover Freelanders suffer transmission glitches each year and the same number of Audi A8s will need repairs to their brakes.

Close to a quarter of MG’s TF sports cars will experience engine troubles, while if you like keeping cool, beware the SEAT Alhambra; more than one in eight will need their air-con fixed during a typical year.

The Monster Mk1 was created using Warranty Direct’s database of 50,000 live policies on cars aged five years on average.

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.

May 092011
 
  • Some drivers face £7,239 costs

Repair BillsOne in three British motorists will share a £1.6bn unwanted repair bill this year, with some facing bills as high as £7,239, according to new data.

Analysis by Warranty Direct, the UK’s largest direct consumer warranty provider, shows that a third of the 16m DVLA-registered three to10-year old cars will suffer some degree of mechanical failure over the next 12 months.

The average cost of fixing problems stands at £335, with the most common faults being electrical gremlins.

Data held on Warranty Direct’s Reliabilityindex.com, the only resource to look at the cost, inconvenience and rate of failure of thousands of different models, shows that the two-seater Mercedes Benz SL (02-) has the highest average repair bill of £742.10, with the Mazda 3 (04-09) small hatchback also making the top 10 at £655.24.

Highest average repair costs by model

Make

Model

Year

Average Repair Cost

Mercedes-Benz

SL

(02   – )

742.10

Mazda

3

(04   – 09)

655.24

Mercedes-Benz

CL

(00   – 07)

653.66

Mitsubishi

Shogun

(00   – 07)

600.13

Jeep

Cherokee

(01   – 08)

593.63

Mazda

RX-8

(03   – )

577.98

Audi

A8

(03   – )

551.29

Mercedes-Benz

S-Class

(99   – 06)

546.21

Porsche

Boxster

(04   – )

528.75

Volkswagen

Phaeton

(03   – )

525.29

 

The largest garage bill handled by Warranty Direct was for a luxury BMW 7 Series. The upshot of its piston and cylinder head damage was a staggering bill of £7,239 for parts and labour.

But big bills are not limited to prestige or expensive cars.

One owner of a 1.3-litre Vauxhall Corsa (06) received a bill of £4,975 when it encountered catastrophic engine failure, requiring a complete rebuild.

Highest individual claims seen by Warranty Direct

Make

Model

Year

Largest Claim

BMW

7 Series

(01   – 08)

7,239.00

Audi

A8

(03   – )

7,039.83

BMW

3 Series

(98   – 06)

6,800.16

Volvo

XC90

(02   – )

5,604.10

Audi

A4 Convertible

(01   – 05)

5,297.70

Mercedes-Benz

E-Class

(99   – 03)

5,085.51

Peugeot

807

(02   – )

4,975.00

Vauxhall

Corsa

(00   – 06)

4,975.00

BMW

3 Series

(05   – )

4,963.94

Mercedes-Benz

A-Class

(98   – 05)

4,869.62

 

According to Warranty Direct, which studied more than 50,000 policies, one in three vehicles will develop a mechanical failure during any 12-month period. However, the figure varies dramatically depending on the make and model. For example, the frequency of failure on a Honda Civic is 8 per cent compared to 61 per cent for a Renault Grand Scenic.

Duncan McClure Fisher of Warranty Direct said: “It’s part and parcel of car ownership that, at some stage, something will go wrong. Even on the most reliable of cars, things still break sometimes.

“The worst part is the unknown – failure could happen at any time and, unfortunately, as we’re all driving evermore complex vehicles, the cost of repair is reflected.”

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.