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If you are a working mum then there is very little that will be more important to you than car reliability. The last thing you need when you set off for that all-important school run is to break down, so finding a car which proves to be reliable as well as fuel efficient is key.
In fact, most motorists would place car reliability as one of the most important factors in their decision when purchasing a new or used car which is why popular online car website, What Car? conducted a survey earlier this year to flag up to readers which car manufacturers are the most reliable ones.
The 2012 Reliability Survey was conducted in conjunction with Warranty Direct and looked at 50,000 Warranty Direct policies on 50 different brands of used car between three and ten years old, to find out which proved to be the most reliable.
The results showed that the most reliable used cars came from three key manufacturers, Honda, Toyota and Lexus, with Honda actually taking the top spot for the seventh year running. In fact, out of the top ten most reliable cars, eight of the car manufacturers were Japanese.
Surprisingly, premium car makers such as Audi, Jaguar and Merecedes-Benz finished a lot further down the table in 26th, 27th and 29th place respectively, and Land Rover came out as the worst performing manufacturer with 71 per cent of its owners who possessed a Warranty Direct policy breaking down at least once in the first year.
So, other than breaking down, what other factors make a car reliable? The team at Trusted Dealers has come up with three key areas:
Cost – people who are looking for a reliable car do not necessarily want to pay a higher premium for it. In fact, some of the most reliable cars are bought second-hand because they are well known for their longer lifespan and durability such as BMW.
Miles per gallon (mpg) – is also an important reliability facto. As the cost of fuel continues to remain high, most motorists are looking for a car which will help them to keep fuel costs at an all time low.
Cost of repairs – if you do find that your car breaks down, it’s well worth investigating how much it will cost you for spare parts BEFORE you make a purchase as this could make a huge difference to your ultimate buying decision.
In total, the top ten most reliable car manufacturers included Honda, Toyota, Lexus, Suzuki, Subaru, Hyundai, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet and Nissan.