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The most reliable used cars

30 July 2013 No Comment

The annual reliability survey into used cars 3-8 years old, conducted by What Car? and Warranty Direct, has been completed and the results published. The results follow what has become a well-established trend, with Japanese manufacturers well ahead of the rest. Indeed, Honda tops the poll for the eighth year on the bounce, with Suzuki close in pursuit and Chevrolet and Ford the only manufacturers from outside the Far East to make the top ten.

At the other end of the scale, Bentley, Land Rover and Porsche fare particularly badly – whilst the repair costs are a factor in the algorithm that is used to create the league table, and parts for such luxury marques are expensive, this still reflects very poorly on the reliability of these top-end products.

Perhaps more surprising to the casual observer are the mediocre achievements in terms of this survey for the major German brands. Volkswagen rate only 21st, but this outstrips BMW, Mercedes and Audi, who place joint 26th, 30th and 31st respectively. This certainly seems to be at odds with the popular perception of these manufacturers – it seems very unlikely that the average car buyer would have predicted such results, especially given that only 38 manufacturers have a large enough share of the market to be included in the survey.

The results of the survey would seem to indicate that, for many car buyers, the desirability of certain brands negates any doubts over reliability. However, particularly in the current financial climate, those marques that are not performing as well as others will need to make improvements in reliability, and at present Japanese manufacturers could certainly teach their European counterparts a thing or two in this regard!

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