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Looking for a secondhand car that won’t break down and cost you the earth in repairs? Perhaps you should consider a Honda… The Japanese company has been revealed as the most reliable used car manufacturer in the UK – for the ninth year running – according to annual research from What Car? and Warranty Direct. Think twice before shelling out for a secondhand Bentley, though. The luxury brand – which makes cars that retail at more than £100,000 – came out bottom for reliability in the survey of three to eight-year old vehicles.
Made in Japan
Warranty Direct’s reliability survey analysed 50,000 of its live policies across 38 manufacturers. The list of reliable manufacturers was dominated by Japanese brands. An incredible eight of the car makers in the top 10 are based in Japan, with Suzuki and Toyota claiming second and third place behind Honda, and Mazda in joint fourth with Chevrolet. At the other end of the scale, however, luxury names such as Porsche and Bentley fared less well. A massive 93% of the Bentleys on Warranty Direct’s books have a problem each year, making the prestigious brand Britain’s least dependable car manufacturer. And the repairs when they’re needed probably don’t come cheap!
David Gerrans, Warranty Direct managing director, said: “Household budgets continue to be stretched further in the current economic climate; the last thing people need is a car that costs them money they don’t have in unwanted bills. “So it is imperative that consumers research their intended purchases thoroughly before taking the plunge. “Our Reliability Index make sit easier to avoid landing yourself with a car that causes you nothing but hassle and a financial headache.”
How it works…
To find the UK’s most reliable cars, Warranty Direct has developed a Reliability Index (RI) that calculates each vehicle’s reliability using its failure rate, age, mileage and cost of repair. And the lower the RI number, the more trustworthy the car… Jim Holder, What Car? Editor, said: “Honda’s success in the reliability index is chiefly down to low failure rates. When things do go wrong, the cars are also relatively cheap to fix.”
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Other manufacturers in the top 10 include Lexus in sixth place, Skoda in seventh and Hyundai, Nissan and Subaru all getting the same RI number of 94 – putting them in eighth position. Rounding up the leaders, there’s Daewoo and Peugeot in joint ninth place and Fiat at number 10. Down at the bottom of the list, meanwhile, it’s Bentley with a huge RI number of 637, followed by Porsche at 380 and Land Rover at 322.
What about models?
Overall, the most reliable models are the Honda Jazz and Mitsubishi Lancer, both of which also carry reasonable average repair costs. The good news for motorists on a budget is also that neither car will break the bank to buy. A quick online search shows that a three-year-old Honda Jazz costs about £9,000, while you can pick up a five-year-old Lancer for around £6,000. For those with deeper pockets, on the other hand, it’s worth knowing that the least reliable model is the Audi RS6 – even though a two-year-old Audi RS6 will set you back about £60,000. Other used cars to avoid if you are worried about big repair bills include the Subaru Impreza. The average bill faced by its owners is an eye-watering £1,636.
Reliability rating of all manufacturers
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