Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Look to Far East for Reliability

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Look to Far East for Reliability

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Byline: Steve Hughes

THE most reliable secondhand cars on UK roads are still made in the Far East, according to Britain's biggest index of breakdowns and repair bills.

Honda tops the charts as usual, with Suzuki and Toyota taking the other two top places for the cars least likely to leave you stranded at the roadside, and costing less to get repaired if they do.

However, while brands from Japan and Korea may have reputations for enviable reliability, an increasing number of them are actually manufactured here in Britain or other parts of Europe, including Honda, Suzuki, Toyota and Nissan.

The results come courtesy of Warranty Direct, which is able to divulge an accurate representation of reliability because of the huge numbers of vehicles it covers.

Other organisations such as the AA and RAC have the same statistics but never divulge them in case they upset the clients that give them the majority of their business via daily rental companies.

This year's figures show that Honda has retained its status as the most reliable used car brand in the UK for the ninth consecutive year, according to Warranty Direct. The Japanese manufacturer topped the annual survey of 37 manufacturers, which analyses 50,000 live Warranty Direct policies on three to eight-year-old vehicles.

Once again, Japanese and South Korean manufacturers dominated the annual study of the most reliable brands, with Suzuki and Toyota claiming second and third place. Encouragingly for other manufacturers, however, Chevrolet, Ford, Skoda, Peugeot and Fiat also fought their way into the top 10.

At the opposite end of the scale, luxury and prestige marques Bentley and Porsche are the most likely to break down.

A spokesman said: "Honda's success in the reliability index is chiefly down to low failure rates. However, when things do go wrong, the cars are also relatively cheap to fix. …

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