Research to avoid an unreliable model that's going to leave you stranded at the side of the road and at risk of higher bills to maintain. There’s a wealth of information online to help you choose a car with confidence.
Auto Express magazine’s 2020 Driver Power: This customer satisfaction survey of nearly 50,000 car owners includes reliability, performance, handling, running costs and build quality.
Find out more on the Auto Express website
Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index: A good source of information on cars more than three years old. It’s based on claims Warranty Direct received from owners of cars outside the manufacturer’s warranty in 2019. It also provides an average cost of repair helping you to budget.
Find out more at reliabilityindex.com
The Which? Car Survey: Britain’s biggest annual car survey of car owners. It groups cars by age – up to three years old and three to seven years old – and fuel type. The five most common faults are listed for each model, along with how many days per year it spent off the road and average annual repair costs.
You have to be a Which? member to access the survey.
However, Which? offers a month’s trial membership for just £1, but remember to set the cancellation reminder or you could end up being charged for a full subscription.
Find out more on Which?