Warranty Direct have held a study of 50,000 cars and the damning news for European cars – they are more likely to fail than Japanese models.
Many petrol heads won’t be shocked by the report, but we found it interesting especially as Warranty Direct used a substantial pool of 50,000 cards to get the results.
Not only are European cars more likely to fail, but they will cost more to fix, when they do.
The Honda Jazz was one of the special success stories in the report, with a tiny eight per cent failure rate, and an average repair bill of £215.21.
The least reliable car was the 02 registered Range Rover, with 56 percent going bad over a single 12 month period. The average repair bill to fix the cars was £517.88. Ouch.
Jaguar Land Rover weren’t very happy with the report, saying “This survey’s results are not representative of either the current product offering or the real progress Land Rover is making in terms of overall quality and reliability.”
Respected maker Honda proved a point – the Japanese cars are clearly the most reliable in the world. Fewer than one in 10 had a problem and Toyota made second place, with only 14 percent having a problem. Another Japanese maker, Suzuki, took the third spot. All top three positions are dominated by the Japanese.
Duncan McClure, the Warranty Direct managing director said “Car buying is a tricky business, but all most people want is hassle-free motoring, While our study is the most comprehensive of its kind, we won’t see robust data on the very latest cars to be launched. We’ll have to wait around three years for that – nobody has a crystal ball to assess cars launched recently.”
Kitguru says: If you want a reliable car, buy Japanese.