The results of a just-released survey show that UK drivers are better off buying Japanese branded cars. Makers from Japan snapped up six out of the first eight places in rankings published by Auto Express for the UK Dependability Table.
Auto Express correlated data from Warrantywise and based its ratings on the reliability of the badge names and how much it costs to carry out repairs. Warrantywise sets its criteria for selection for the survey to brands with a minimum of 100 active policies.
To work out badge dependability, Warrantywise averaged out vehicle ages so the median was 6.3 years. For the rankings, any carmaker with an above 75 score was good while under 60 was best avoided at all costs.
Honda and Toyota topped the table with 93 points apiece and were closely followed by Suzuki with 92. Mitsubishi (89 points) was fourth. Mazda and South Korean automaker Hyundai were joint fifth with 88 points and Nissan seventh with two points less. Subaru and Ford tied for eighth place.
Warrantywise also collated average repair bills for each brand. Although Hondas topped the reliability table, they cost more to fix when things do go wrong. Repairs averaged out at £535 whereas they were only £406 for Peugeot, £421 for Ford, £424 for Suzuki and £475 for SEAT.
Lawrence Whittaker is the CEO at Warrantywise. He noted that it was no big surprise that cars designed in Japan were more dependable. He added that it was also predictable that expensive UK and European brands were languishing at the bottom of the table when it came to reliability and the price of repairs.