When you buy yourself a new car, it’s important that you understand the expenses that go along with it. It may seem like a great idea to buy a beautiful vehicle with all the latest automobile technology, but it can also set you back a fair amount – and that’s before we get onto the subject of some of the ownership and maintenance issues that certain vehicles can present.
Some car brands can be a little notorious in terms of the issues that can occur with them down the line. So, below, we thought we would explore just three of them to be mindful of.
What Are Some Red Flags To Be Aware Of When Buying A Car?
It’s understandable that you may be very excited when you start looking into buying a car. You will want the best car you can find on the market, and you may have even received specific advice about car finance in Dartford and Gravesend.
If that’s the case, you still need to keep in mind that there are some red flags to be aware of. These include:
- Extreme rust
- Odd smells from the boot
- Painted coats that do not match
- Un-matched car carpeting
- Overbearing car sellers
- Extremely low prices
Make sure to do your research before you buy a car. That way, you can be more confident of not having to fork out to resolve certain issues with your vehicle later.
With that said, here are some of the car brands that have been associated with particularly expensive issues in recent years.
1. Nissan: the Qashqai diesel
The 2014-20 Qashqai diesel is notorious for having faults that need expensive repair work to rectify. This vehicle appeared among the most unreliable cars in a What Car? survey, with a 38% fault rate.
It seems that battery failure is a frequent problem for Nissan Qashqai diesel owners, but issues are reported to have arisen in relation to the car’s bodywork as well.
The magazine said that about three in 10 (30%) owners of this vehicle ended up having to pay for repair work, running into hundreds of pounds’ expenditure in many cases.
2. Jaguar: the I-Pace
Jaguar is famous for its sportscars, however some of its electric vehicles have had some issues.
Again with reference to the What Car? study, it is estimated that problems have occurred with about 30% of Jaguar I-Paces, with aspects of the car to have presented issues including the 12-volt battery, sat-nav and non-motor electrics.
The magazine even stated that around 45% of faults experienced with this car were serious enough to cause a breakdown. And with about 75% of all faulty I-Paces necessitating more than a week of repair work, it’s fair to say this is one vehicle you need to be wary of from an ownership and maintenance point of view.
3. Mercedes: the A-Class
The A-Class has been highly rated as a family car down the years, but it seems that the upgrade to this model for 2018 onwards has left it more susceptible to expensive issues.
These have apparently included problems with the car’s interior trim and air conditioning system, as well as the non-engine electrics. A small percentage of A-Class owners have even found themselves having to fork out more than £1,500 to get their cars back on the road after a fault.
Are you ready to find the car you want and need, for a price that makes sense for you? If so, don’t forget that here at Reynolds Motor Group, we make available highly competitive car finance deals to help bring your ideal vehicle within your budgetary reach.