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When it comes to reliability, you would think that new cars would take preference every time, but latest research by automotive specialist, Warranty Direct, has proved that like a fine wine, some older cars have stood the test of time.
Older versions of the Audi A4, Porsche Boxster and Ford Fiesta have all shown that you don’t need to purchase a new car when it comes to reliability. In fact, according to analysis of 50,000 live policies by Warranty Direct, these very cars have proved far more reliable than their newer counterparts.
So, next time you’re considering purchasing a new car, it may be worth your while opting for a used model. For example, new research has revealed that Vauxhall’s popular family MPV, the Zafira, and the used BMW 3-series, both break down less than their shinier more recent versions. In fact, on average, out of the ten models tested, it was found that newer variants were almost 10 per cent more likely to break down than their older models.
Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, said: “Buying new may be the most desirable option when it comes to purchasing a car but it isn’t always the most cost-effective route.
“Our analysis shows that new doesn’t necessarily mean more reliable. We also found that repair costs are often higher for new models so, as well as paying over the odds for a new car, you may also be opening yourself up to additional, unwanted costs.”
Findings from Warranty Direct revealed that the average repair cost for a Ford Fiesta built between 2002 and 2008 was almost double what the owners of 1995 to 2002 models paid. Newer Vauxhall Zafira models were also found to be twice as likely as older models to suffer an electrical fault, with 45 per cent recorded as breaking down on average per year.
Research also found that popular commuter cars for business executives such as the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-series fell short when it came to reliability, with one in three 2005 to 2009 A4 cars suffering engine problems as opposed to only one in ten 2000-2005 models. More recent BMW 3-series models were also three times more likely to pick up brake system problems, with almost one in seven 2005 to 2011 models requiring visits to the garage.
To find some fantastic bargains on used cars, why not visit the used cars section of the Trusted Dealers website, where you can draw up a list of your favourite models and find the perfect car to suit your bespoke needs and requirements.