10 most common car problems, and the cars most likely to have them.

Be aware of potential big repair bills on used cars as we reveal the most common problems and the models most likely to have them.

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Avoid Costly Repairs

Plenty of motorists dip into the used car market to get their next model at a lower price, but having peace of mind over its reliability is an important factor. To help, we’ve put together a list of the most common car problems, and the models most likely to have them. This list has been compiled using data from vehicle between 5 to 8 years old.

While it makes financial sense to buy a used car, it can mean footing the bill for repairs once the manufacturer warranty expires. For most that’s after three years. However, one of the solutions is to buy an aftermarket warranty that’ll protect you if anything major goes wrong with your vehicle. Make sure that you choose a Pre Purchase inspection before buying your next car.

1. Gearbox 

Of the near-5,000 reported faults , expensive gearbox repairs top the list, accounting for 8.4 per cent of all problems.

1. Vauxhall Astra

2. Volkswagen Golf

3. BMW 3 Series

2. Electrical

As cars are loaded with more tech than ever, electrical gripes are the second biggest problem, adding up to 8.2 per cent of all repairs.

1. BMW 3 Series

2. Vauxhall Corsa

3. Audi A3

3. Clutch

As mileage racks up, slipping or burnt out clutches can become common, contributing to 7.8 per cent of claims.

1. Vauxhall Astra

2. Ford Focus

3. Volkswagen Golf

4. Turbo

One of the priciest faults your vehicle can develop is with the turbocharger. This is increasingly frequent, making up 4.7 per cent of repairs.

1. Ford Focus

2. Volkswagen Golf

3. BMW 3 Series

5. Brakes

Having fully functioning brakes is the most vital feature of your car, so it’s disappointing to see faults developing on so many used examples (4.7 per cent).

6. Alternator

The traditional alternator could be phased out with the advent of hybrids and electric cars, but it’s an issue in used models, with a failure rate of 4.3 per cent.

1. Vauxhall Astra

2. Land Rover Discovery

3. Ford Focus

7. Cylinder head gasket 

White smoke and coolant leaks are symptoms of a cylinder head gasket failure; 3.1 per cent of cases involved vital gasket repairs over the last year.

1. Vauxhall Corsa

2. Citroen C3

3. Peugeot 207

8. Air-con condenser

Air-con is a necessity for those odd hot days. New condensers accounted for 3.1 per cent of problems.

1. Volkswagen Golf

2. Vauxhall Zafira

3. Audi A4

9. EGR valve

Exhaust gas recirculation valves were at the heart of the recent emissions scandal. Data shows faulty parts made up 2.9 per cent of claims.

1. Land Rover Discovery / Discovery Sport

2. Vauxhall Astra

3. Volkswagen Transporter

10. Window motor/regulator 

Gone are the days of winding your windows down by hand. But even modern motors can burn out; fixes were required in 2.2 per cent of cases.

1. Renault Megane

2. Renault Scenic

3. Audi A5

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11. How about HPI information? 

Over 32,000 used cars were flagged to have a multitude of possible issues that should make prospective buyers very wary before handing over their cash

Issue discovered:

Number plate change
9,024 – 27.5 per cent

Outstanding finance
5,782 – 17.6 per cent

Insurance write-off
4,670 – 14.2 per cent

Import/export
 627 – 1.9 per cent

Change of colour
465 – 1.4 per cent

Stolen
60 – 0.2 per cent

Scrapped
41 – 0.1 per cent

No issue/clean car
15,769 – 48.0 per cent

 

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