Five of the most reliable used cars for families

Reliability is an important factor when it comes to choosing a car, as you want a reliable runner that isn’t going to cut out on you mid drive. We all want to save money on motoring bills, and one of the best ways to do that is to buy a second-hand car, but how do you know if you are going to get a good deal?

Warranty Direct have studied data from 50,000 of its policies to find the most reliable cars by looking at the models (aged three to eight years old) that have suffered the fewest breakdowns. It also took a look at what the most common failure was in the cars, and how much, on average, it would take to repair the car should anything go wrong.

We have taken a look at five of the most reliable cars below, so if you are looking to sell your car and upgrade to a more reliable model, keep these in mind:

Honda Civic

Year: 2006 – 2015

Most common fault: Electrical

If you pick up a Honda Civic between these two years, you have got yourself a neat little runaround. With an average repair cost of £341.93 and only spending an average of 2.2 hours off the road, it’s certainly a good investment.

Nissan Almera

Year: 2000 – 2006

Most common fault: Steering system

Yet another reliable Japanese car, the Nissan Almera puts in a good shift for its money. It may not be the most attractive looking car in the world, but with an average repair cost of £179.89 and only spending an average of 1.51 hours off the road, looks aren’t that important!


Toyota Prius

Year: 2003 – 2009

Most common faults: Cooling and heating systems

The hybrid Prius will not only help you to cut down on your emissions, it will also keep running longer than most over models on the market! The average repair cost of the Toyota is slightly higher than the Nissan at £274 and only spends an average of 1.98 hours off the road.


Mercedes CLC

Year: 2008 – 2011

Most common faults: Axle and suspension

If you are in the market for something a bit more executive, then Mercedes CLC could be the choice for you. Known for their efficiency and reliability, the average repair cost on the German-built car is only £202.24 and the average time it is off the road for is only 1.06 hours.


Mitsubishi Lancer

Year: 2000 – 2007

Most common faults: Electrical, engine, axle and suspension

Perhaps the most reliable second-hand family car currently on the market is the Mitsubishi Lancer. With an average repair cost of only £69.30 and its average time spent off the road at only 0.88 hours, it will keep going and going and going!