Most Reliable Used Cars


When choosing the most reliable used car, budget is one of the most important aspects to consider. Another significant factor is durability. Your car is a vital part of your lifestyle, be it commuting to work or taking the kids to school – you don’t want to be stuck at the side of the road in a cloud of smoke.

According to The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), in 2019 used car sales in the UK surpassed new by 3.8 million.

Let’s check the statistics to see which cars made it to the top 10.

Here are the ten best-selling used cars of 2019:

1. Ford Fiesta

2. Vauxhall Corsa

3. Ford Focus

4. Vauxhall Astra

5. Nissan Qashqai

6. Mercedes C Class

7. Mercedes A Class

8. Vauxhall Mokka

9. Fiat 500

10. Volkswagen Polo

Source: AA Cars

Now that’s we’ve covered used car statistics, let’s get into the most important question of all:

How do you choose a reliable used car?

If reliability and durability are truly important factors when purchasing a used car, then think long-term when buying a car and research manufacturers reputation, the quality of their materials and history of reliable engine parts etc.

It is also essential to check the used car’s service history to make sure it doesn’t have serious faults that will cost extra money down the road. Additionally, check the safety ratings from Euro NCAP or other accredited organisations when buying a used car.

Next, think about what type of car would fit your lifestyle. Those with big families would most likely need a spacious SUV; meanwhile, eco-conscious people should consider the growing list of AV options, such as hybrids and all-electric vehicles.

You should also consider timing. If purchasing from dealerships, keep an eye out for quarterly sales when the stock is rotating. It’s possible to find good used car deals and attractive financial options during that time.

If you’re buying privately and don’t know much about cars, hiring a specialist to inspect the car and test-drive it can also help bring peace of mind to the purchase (and possibly save you money in the long-term).

Meanwhile, for some extra guidance, What Car? published annual reliability survey statistics (based on their own Reliability Survey) at the end of 2019. The result are as follows:

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Most reliable small city cars (aged up to 5 years’ old)

1.Suzuki Celerio (2015-2019)

Reliability: 98.9%

Safety: Euro NCAP rated it 3/5 stars.

Country of Origin: Japan

CO2: Suzuki Celerio is a compact and eco-friendly car with low emissions of 99g/k

2.Honda Jazz (2017-present)

Reliability: 98.3%

Safety: Euro NCAP rated 2015 Honda Jazz 5/5 stars.

Country of Origin: Japan

CO2: 117g/km

3.Dacia Sandero (2013 – present)

Reliability: 97.9%

Safety: Euro NCAP rated it 4/5 stars.

Country of Origin: Romania

CO2: Higher CO2 when compared to its competitors – 130g/km

Most reliable family cars

1.Skoda Rapid (2012-2019)

Reliability: 99.4%

 Safety: Euro NCAP rated it an outstanding 5/5 stars.

 Country of Origin: Czech Republic

 CO2: 125g/km

2.Toyota Auris (2013-2019)

Reliability: 98.2%

Safety: carbuyer.co.uk rated it 4.5/5 stars.

Country of Origin: Japan

CO2: 140g/km

3.Hyundai i30 (2012-2017)

Reliability: 97.7%

Safety: Euro NCAP rated it 5/5 stars.

Country of Origin: South Korea

CO2: 139g/km

Most reliable executive cars (aged up to 5 years’ old)

1.Hyundai i40 (2012-present)

Reliability: 97.9%

Safety: Euro NCAP rated it 5/5 stars.

Country of Origin: South Korea

CO2: 114g/km

2.Kia Optima (2016 – present)

Reliability: 97.3%

Safety: Euro NCAP rated it 5/5 stars.

Country of Origin: South Korea

CO2: 113g/km

3.Volvo S60/V60 (2010-2018)

Reliability: 96.8%

Safety: Euro NCAP rated it 5/5 stars.

Country of Origin: Sweden

CO2: 131g/km

It’s fair to say that vehicles from regions such as Japan and South Korea faired best in these categories, showing their strengths of being the most reliable used cars. In addition, the average safety rating for these cars 4.5/5, which is impressive, and perfect if you’re looking for a safe and reliable car.

Buying a used car can be stressful, but it’s not as difficult when you know which cars are the safest and most reliable.

What’s the most reliable car you’ve had? Share your thoughts down below in the comments!

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