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Most reliable brands for older cars - and the least

What Car? Logo By Claire Evans of What Car? | Slide 1 of 14: One important factor behind this is reliability. If you're on your sixth Mini and they've all performed faultlessly, you're likely to be happy to get another, but if your cars have spent more time in the garage than on the road, you're probably thinking about switching to another make as soon as you can. To save you from finding out the hard way which brands are the most – and least –dependable, we asked the owners of nearly 13,000 cars to tell us if their vehicles had gone wrong in the past year. We classified the faults into 14 groups: air-con, battery, bodywork, brakes, engine, engine electrics, exhaust, fuel system, gearbox/clutch, infotainment/sat-nav, interior trim, non-engine electrics, steering and suspension. For each fault, we asked the owner to tell us how much the car cost to repair and how long it took to fix, and we used the information to work out a unique reliability rating for each model. The result is real-life reliability data on 175 models from 31 car brands. Here we list brand reliability data for cars aged between six and 20 years old - an age range where many cars become affordable by many people, useful in these uncertain times when plenty of people need some wheels. Slideshow story - please click the right-hand arrow above to continue, or simply scroll down if you’re reading on your mobile 

Some people remain loyal to one car brand throughout their driving life.

One important factor behind this is reliability. If you're on your sixth Mini and they've all performed faultlessly, you're likely to be happy to get another, but if your cars have spent more time in the garage than on the road, you're probably thinking about switching to another make as soon as you can.

To save you from finding out the hard way which brands are the most – and least –dependable, we asked the owners of nearly 13,000 cars to tell us if their vehicles had gone wrong in the past year. We classified the faults into 14 groups: air-con, battery, bodywork, brakes, engine, engine electrics, exhaust, fuel system, gearbox/clutch, infotainment/sat-nav, interior trim, non-engine electrics, steering and suspension.

For each fault, we asked the owner to tell us how much the car cost to repair and how long it took to fix, and we used the information to work out a unique reliability rating for each model. The result is real-life reliability data on 175 models from 31 car brands. Here we list brand reliability data for cars aged between six and 20 years old - an age range where many cars become affordable by many people, useful in these uncertain times when plenty of people need some wheels.

Slideshow story - please click the right-hand arrow above to continue, or simply scroll down if you’re reading on your mobile 

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