Oct 312014

frankenstein_car_smScary costs and creepy unreliability revealed as the worst parts of modern cars are combined into a Frankenstein’s monster of a motor. The UK’s nightmare cars break down every other month and cost an average of £550 each time to repair.

We have analysed 50,000 live Warranty Direct policies and come up with a ‘monster’ car, based on the least reliable models in the UK.

To create the car, we used all seven categories within our Reliability Index and identified the worst performers in each, before combining them to make what we call the ‘HORRIFIC 40RR0R’! With the suspension of an Audi, the gearbox of a Jeep and the electrics of a Mercedes-Benz, the fictional vehicle is a Frankenstein’s monster of the least reliable parts, created in time for Halloween.

The body parts of the HORRIFIC 40RR0R comprise: BMW M5 (2004-2011) engine; Audi RS6 (02-11) axle and suspension; Jeep Grand Cherokee (06-present) gearbox; Mercedes-Benz R-class (04-present) electrics; Fiat Multipla (99-05) braking system; Seat Alhambra (96-present) air-conditioning; Chrysler 300C (05-present) steering system.

David Gerrans, the managing director of Warranty Direct, said: “The HORRIFIC 40RR0R is a bit of fun that will, thankfully, never be built, as it stitches together the cars that perform worst in each of the mechanical categories we measure.

“This large variety of vehicles that goes into the concoction proves how typically reliable cars can be dragged down by one poorly-performing part.”

The Reliability Index calculates the trustworthiness of vehicles by measuring average cost of repair, frequency of failure, age and mileage. While the average car scores 100 in the Index, with the lower the score the better, this grim creation would be five times more unreliable, with a figure of almost 500.

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