Research conducted by Warranty Direct
Honda is the most reliable used car manufacturer in the UK for the eighth consecutive year according to research by Warranty Direct. Reliability is important when buying secondhand and no one wants to buy a vehicle that is going to bring numerous bills.
Honda tops the list with Suzuki and Hyundai second and third, overall the most reliable models are the Mitsubishi Lancer and the Vauxhall Agila which are also the cheapest cars to repair, the least reliable is the Audi RS6 and the Porsche 911 is the most expensive to fix. Warranty Direct managing director Duncan McClure Fisher said “household budgets are already strained, so the last thing you want is a vehicle that costs you yet more unwanted bills. That is why it pays to research cars before you buy, make the wrong choice and you could land yourself with a car that causes you nothing but hassle and money.”
Those buying secondhand luxury and prestige will find that many more expensive brands will actually let you down more often. Bentley, Land Rover and Porsche are most the most likely to break down and surprisingly 86% of Bentleys suffer a problem each year, making it the UK’s least dependable car maker. Electrical faults are the most common across all cars, with almost a quarter needing a visit to the garage in an average year. Axle and suspension faults are also common, affecting 22% of cars.
Cars have become increasingly complex, with lots of gadgetry on board, especially on executive models where buyers expect more. Owners of these cars pay over the odds for the premium badge and they could also be paying over the odds just to keep the car on the road.
If you are a used car buyer it is quite a balancing act, you can purchase a car that breaks down less often but have very high repair bills or you can buy a car that won’t cost very much when it fails such as the Mitsubishi or Vauxhall. It does appear though that there is no doubt you can rely on buying Japanese. Japanese car makers really do deliver on reliability and Honda is exceptionally good at this.
Another option is you could take out a warranty for your new purchase with Warranty Direct who is one of the most reputable warranty companies in the UK.