Honda has been named the most reliable used car manufacturer for the ninth consecutive year, according to research by What Car? and Warranty Direct. Suzuki and Toyota completed the top three places. Chevrolet, Ford, Skoda, Peugeot and Fiat also forced their way into the top 10. The annual survey covers 38 manufacturers and analyses 50,000 live Warranty Direct policies on three to eight-year-old vehicles. Warranty Direct’s unique Reliability Index (RI) calculates a score for vehicle’s reliability using a complex formula that takes into account its failure rate, age, mileage and cost of repair. The lower the RI number, the more trustworthy the car. Luxury and prestige marques traditionally score poorly due to high replacement component and labour costs. Bentley and Porsche were among the poorest scorers. According to Warranty Direct, 93% of Bentleys on its books suffered a problem each year, making it Britain’s least dependable car maker. However, Bentley … [Read more...] about Honda named Britain’s most reliable car brand
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Honda has been named the most reliable used car brand for the seventh consecutive year in What Car? magazine and Warranty Direct’s annual reliability survey. According to the survey, the likelihood of a Honda car breakdown in any 12-month period is only 10 per cent. Toyota followed Honda in the reliability survey, with results revealing a 17 per cent failure rate in the same 12-month period. Lexus was third with 18 per cent, while Land Rover was left trailing last – for the 11th year running – with results revealing a 71 per cent 12-month failure rate. Honda UK managing director Dave Hodgetts said: “Success in reliability studies like this further proves the dedication, skill and passion of our engineers, both at the development and manufacturing stages.” What Car? editor in chief Chas Hallett said: “When a car leaves the car makers’ warranty protection, it can start to cost the consumer cash and inconvenience. This … [Read more...] about Honda: UK’s most reliable car brand
We take a look at how various carmakers fare in terms of brand influence in the J.D. Power Asia Pacific brand influence and positioning study. 1) Maruti Suzuki – The brand with the highest sales in India is also the most influential brand here. People trust the company blindly and do not think twice before plonking their money on a car from the lineup of Maruti Suzuki. 2) Hyundai – The Korean brand which is seeing a continuously increasing demand due to the launch of new products is not too far away from Maruti Suzuki when it comes to brand influence. The fact that they have understood Indian buyers’ mentality perfectly helps them stay up. 3) Toyota – This name needs no introduction in India and has been often associated with the bullet-proof reliability tag. Manufacturing boring but reliable cars, the brand influence is very strong which helps them charge a good premium on their vehicles. 4) Honda – Gaining a huge number of sales post the introduction of … [Read more...] about Most Influential Car Brands In India, Maruti Suzuki On Top
Are you in the market looking for a new car? Then we are sure that you are confused between all the options that are available on sale in various segments today. We get Japanese, German, American, Korean and finally Indian cars in India. Some people usually have preferences for certain manufacturers or manufacturers from certain parts of the world. Some others don’t have any preferences and they choose to buy what their heart and mind likes. Is the country of origin of the vehicle manufacturer really an important factor while choosing a new car? Vehicles from a particular region of the globe come with certain qualities and some quirks while vehicles from some other parts of the world come with completely different qualities and quirks. Lets us consider Japanese and European cars here just for examples’ sake. Honda, Toyota, Suzuki, Nissan, etc. are all Japanese automakers selling their vehicles in India today. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you say … [Read more...] about Does Country Of Car Manufacturer Affect Your Buying Decision?
According to the latest data, the Kia Picanto was crowned as the most reliable car available in the UK. This data was published by MoneySupermarket in conjunction with Warranty Direct from 50,000 of the latter company’s policies. According to the data the Vauxhall Agila was given second place followed by Suzuki Alto (Maruti A-Star in India). The cars that came last, surprisingly, were Suzuki’s. The Suzuki Jimny came last and the Suzuki Wagon R was second last. These reliability results were calculated by observing the reliability of the car from all aspects like how many times the car had mechanical issues and the average cost of repairs. The manufacturer too was analyzed for the repair costs in general and for each specific model. The lower the score, the better the car performed. The Kia Picanto scored just 3 out of 100, the Vauxhall Agila scored 5 and the Suzuki Alto scored 6 out of 100. The rest of the top ten line up was – the Ford Fiesta, Toyota Corolla, Suzuki … [Read more...] about Kia Picanto Is Most Reliable Car In The UK
Forbes has released its 2011 Worst Cars on the Road list, and the outcome is not pretty for American manufacturers. With the exception of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the 2011 Smart ForTwo and the 2011 Nissan Titan, the cars on the list are all American-made. Worse than that, they all come from two manufacturers: General Motors and Chrysler. Ford managed to avoid the list completely.To determine which cars get the dubious honor and which don't, Forbes compiles results from six studies by Consumer Reports including the Most Reliable Cars Report, Best and Worst Safety Performance Survey, Best and Worst Fuel Economy, Highest Cost of Ownership, the Best and Worst Values Report and Consumer Reports' overall scores for new cars.Chrysler made the list with the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country, which racked up dismal scores for reliability and cost of ownership. Both the 2011 Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Liberty made the cut, with the Liberty scoring poorly for reliability and fuel economy. … [Read more...] about Forbes releases 2011 Worst Cars on the Road list
A quarter of British adults fear autonomous cars will be unsafe - and 56% would never buy a driverless car, it was claimed today.The survey by Churchill Car Insurance reveals that entrenched attitudes in Great Britain put the new generation of autonomous cars at a disadvantage before they’ve even turned a wheel on British roads.Google is leading the charge towards autonomous driving, but most major car manufacturers are also dabbling in driverless cars. The truth is, of course, that many of today’s driver aids are already piloting much of the technology, such as laser and radar cruise control, and safety cameras onboard many top-end cars.The biggest concern British people questioned had was over the likelihood of computer failure. A nation raised on crashing PCs means that 60% of Brits worried that autonomous cars would not be reliable.Tellingly, the Google car - unveiled earlier in summer 2014 - only had one driver control switch and that was a kill button in case of … [Read more...] about British drivers shun autonomous cars in new survey
Consumer Reports has released its annual Car Reliability Study, and the results weren't kind to Ford. The automaker saw its ranking fall from 10th to 20th due to issues with three specific models: the Explorer, Fiesta and Focus. Each of those vehicles ranked below average in reliability during their first year on the market due to issues with MyFord Touch and the dual-clutch transmissions in the Fiesta and Focus.Meanwhile, Chrysler busily inched its way up the reliability ladder. Jeep managed to jump to the 13th spot to become the most reliable domestic manufacturer while Chrysler jumped 12 spots in the study and Dodge maneuvered up by three places.According to the study, the Chrysler 200, Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee all performed well in their respective reliability evaluations. Even so, Consumer Reports notes that of the 97 domestic vehicles the publication studied, 35 percent still rate as below average compared to the rest of the field. Head over to Consumer Reports to … [Read more...] about Ford falls, Chrysler jumps in reliability survey
Every year, Consumer Reports surveys its readers for information about the reliability of their cars for its annual Car Reliability Survey. And this year’s massive, back-breaking undertaking is filled with data on more than 1.4 million vehicles that reside in the garages of CR’s faithful subscribers.The Car Reliability Survey is a cold, dispassionate document that cares only about the number and types of problems experienced during the previous year within 17 specific trouble areas. A high score in this survey (rankings are “above average,” “average,” or “below average”) is a must for any car if it is to earn CR’s vaunted “Recommended” label, which to CR’s cautious readers, might as well come from the Nobel or Pulitzer committees. Indeed, for many folks (especially the non-car-savvy types), all vehicle purchases start—and often stop—with the facts and figures of Consumer Reports.Obviously, we at Car and … [Read more...] about Left-Brain vs. Left Lane: We Add Some Life to Consumer Reports 2008 Car Reliability Survey
Hi Steve,What would be the most reliable car I can purchase for about $7000-8000? And what would be the upper limit on mileage that I would even consider? Steve writes:I grew up in the food import business. So to me, the answer to this question is a lot like asking my Dad, “What is the best cake I can get for $70?”He would probably tell you that it depends on your ingredients, your cooking methods, your recipe, and what parts of the ingredients matter to you the most.The ingredients when it comes to a used car is… the prior owner.Like a pitcher in baseball who has an overwhelming influence over the outcome of the game, the prior owner’s maintenance habits and driving style has the greatest impact on the longevity of the vehicle when you’re shopping at this lower price range.The cooking methods are… your own driving style and maintenance regimen. The way you cook those ingredients once you get them determines a lot of that long-term … [Read more...] about New Or Used? : The Most Reliable Car In The USA Is A ….