Honda used cars are 'most reliable'

Honda has topped a new used-car reliability table dominated by Japanese and Korean brands.

What Car? magazine, which compiled the list based on the average number of faults detected every year in a car between three and eight years old, found the best performers were carmakers from the "Far East".

Japanese brands took the first six spots in the top 10 as Honda was followed by Toyota, Suzuki, Lexus, Mitsubishi and Mazda.

Owners of second-hand Honda cars were just 9% likely to encounter a fault in their vehicle over 12 months, compared with 55% for the worst-rated Land Rover, which finished in 35th place on the list.

Saab, Renault and Alfa Romeo completed the bottom four, although the study indicated that repairing faults in European cars worked out cheaper for motorists.

Fiat cars were the cheapest to fix at average repair costs of £241.63, followed by Renault at £242.22.

What Car? editor Chas Hallett said: "This year's study is a stark reminder of the disparity in reliability between Far Eastern brands, which dominate the top 10, and European brands, which contribute the bulk of the bottom 10."

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