Maintenance key to car safety, with some models more susceptible than others
The importance of regular vehicle servicing and safety checks is highlighted by research suggesting that potholes and speed bumps leave a third of cars needing a suspension repair every year.
Rain, ice and snow play havoc with road surfaces, while a suspension fault could impede a vehicle's handling and braking.
An annual service and – if necessary – other periodic inspections could minimise the risk.
The key to having a reliable, safe, vehicle is to repair small problems before they become serious.
Warranty Direct's Cars Most Likely To Have Suspension Faults
Warranty Direct claims that some cars are more prone to suspension problems than others. Based on its database of 50,000 live polices, they concluded that the Audi RS6 (2002 - 2011) and the Mercedes R-Class (2006 - 2013) are “more likely to suffer suspension damage than any other cars” in the UK.
The “percentage chance of suspension failure” are 38.37% and 30.67%, respectively.
Other models prone to suspension damage include:
2004 - 2010 Fiat Multipla (29.05%),
1996 - 2006 Jaguar XK (28.48%)
2003 - 2011 Bentley Continental GT (28.28%)
2005 - 2010 Mazda 5 (27.17%)
2000 - 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL (25.96%)
2005 - 2010 Chrysler 300C (25.53%)
2003 - 2009 Jaguar XJ (24.81%)
2006 - 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe (24.14%).
Warranty Direct claims that the most vulnerable cars are up to “30 times” more likely to have a suspension fault than the most robust – and the average repair costs £247.
The Citroën C1, Peugeot 107 and Honda S2000 are amongst the most “pothole-resistant”.
Warranty Direct Managing Director Discusses Suspension Claims
Warranty Direct Managing Director, David Gerrans, said: “It is almost unbelievable how much variation there is from one model to another when it comes to suspension damage.
“Any vehicle driven on damaged, poor surfaces regularly or used for commuting on routes littered with speed bumps will eventually come to grief. London is particularly bad for the latter.
“The roads are as bad as ever but some cars are affected terribly, with components like bushes, track rod ends, drop links, springs and dampers all susceptible. Instead of cheap runabouts, luxury vehicles and stiffly sprung sports cars are most prone to breakdowns – with the exception of the Honda S2000.”