Feb 292016






Which Supermini is better? The stylish French C3 or the Brit built Japanese tiddler?

Why Buy?

The C3 has always been well equipped, and in more recent years it has become much more like a tiny people carrier than a small hatch. By contrast the Micra is a traditional, hardworking small car beloved of first time drivers and older motorists who want a car that won’t let them down.

Which models?

There are two distinct C3 models, the one built from 2002 to 2010 and the revised people carrier style one from 2010 onwards. Buy the most recent. Micras, also from 2002

Are they reliable?

The older C3s seem cheaply built inside and it is electrical issues that give owners the most trouble. Warranty Direct’s figures bear this out. It is a similar story with the Micra, electricals are again the problem even if the price of fixing a Nissan is fractionally cheaper.

How much do they cost?

Safer to pay around £950 for a 2003 example. £3000 a tidy 2006 example and £8000 for a 2012 Picasso model if you want a small van. Again, £1000 is the lowest price to buy at, a £3000 Micra is a 1.2 2009 3 door model. The restyled 2012 five door from 2012 from a dealer is £6000.

Sum Up

It comes down to style and the Citroen looks funkier, whilst the Micra is just odd to some. Regardless, Nissan’s reputation for reliability is strong.

Citroen C3

Average Repair Cost: £280.43

Axle and Suspension: 23.61%*

Gearbox: 13.89%*

Electrical: 25.00%*

Warranty Direct Rating: Above Average

* failure rate

Nissan Micra

Average Repair Cost: £272.82

Axle & Suspension: 29.85*

Electrical: 32.84%*

Steering: 17.91*

Warranty Direct Rating: Above Average to Good

* failure rate

Dec 072015

Another week begins the motor world and we here at Warranty Direct have a selection of the news stories catching our eye lately.

Why WeBuyAnyCar price ‘guarantees’ deserve to be scrapped – This Is Money





This Is Money takes a look at the car buyer’s inspection process following reports from several upset readers who have had bad experiences selling their car to the company. Readers are finding their online guaranteed price is knocked down considerably for the smallest reasons after the company inspects their vehicle.

Nissan ramps up in Sunderland – The Telegraph







Following their success in the mass production of the Nissan Qashqai, the North East plant has been chose to build Nissan’s luxury Infiniti model by the Japanese car giant. This will come as part of a £250 million investment in the factory, a landmark move seen as a triumph for the British industry.

£60,000 electric car has UK’s slowest depreciation rate – Manchester Evening News







It may have had some issues recently with a mass recall due to a faulty seatbelt mechanism but there are positives for owning a Tesla Model S. The electric car has the slowest depreciation rate compared to other cars and this has become an increasingly important factor in products such as GAP Cover Insurance.

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Sep 282015

It’s Monday morning and another week has begun here at Warranty Direct. Time for a roundup of the latest motor news we’ve noticed over the last seven days.

The Volkswagen Emissions Scandal – BBC News






Dominating the main news last week was the shock revelation that car manufacturer Volkswagen had cheated emissions tests in the US on purpose. The cheat occurring thanks to a device installed in diesel engines that could detect if they were being tested or not, changing the performance to improve results. Since the news broke, chief executive Martin Winterkorn had stepped down and Volkswagen have begun internal inquiries. For more details and up to date tracking of the scandal, take a look at the BBC news guide above.

Bloodhound SSC – 1000mph challenger revealed – AutoCar







Audiences in London were invited this past week to see The Bloodhound; a Super-Sonic Car that will attempt to break the world land speed record next year.  The AutoCar news story provides more detail in the engine components that make up this beast and explains how the car will attempt the land speed record.

0 to 500,000 in 21 Months – The Telegraph







There was recently great news for Nissan as the Japanese car maker only took just 21 months to produce 500,000 models of the Nissan Qashqai. The production of the cross-over car smashed records for its Sunderland car factory.

And finally…..

Cake Morning 2






Warranty Direct took part in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event this past Friday. Staff either donated or baked their own cakes for a fundraising cake sale in our offices. We’re pleased to report that these delicious cakes helped us to raise £277.35 for Macmillan Cancer Research. Well done to all involved in organising this great event.

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Have a great week!