You’d like to think that a brand new car would be far more reliable than a second-hand one, but it seems that this might not always be the case. The latest Driver Power car satisfaction survey has just revealed that 12 per cent of new car owners say that something went wrong with their vehicle within 12 months of ownership.
Problems included poorly fitted interior trim, engine faults, dodgy electricals and irritating rattling sounds, the Sun reports. Given that there were nearly 2.7 million new cars registered last year here in the UK, these stats mean that more than 300,000 new vehicles could be in need of repair right now.
The ten most reliable cars were found to be the Toyota RAV4, Skoda Yeti, Audi Q3, SEAT Leon, Lexus RX, KIA Cee’d, Lexus CT, Suzuki Vitara, Lexus NX and the Volvo XC60.
And the ten with the most recorded faults in the first 12 months were the Jaguar XF, Jaguar XE, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque, Nissan X-Trail, Skoda Superb, Nissan Pulsar, Subaru Forester, Citroen C4 Cactus, and the Subaru Outback.
Of course, you shouldn’t have any serious problems with a brand new car in the first year at the very least, but there are steps you can take as a driver to help protect yourself against this. Regular servicing is advisable, as this will decrease the chances of a breakdown, improve your fuel economy and lengthen the life of your car.
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