What is the best car to buy for reliability?

I have previously owned three BMW series 3 models and enjoyed driving all three. I am now looking to purchase a used vehicle to replace my last BMW and I have a budget of a maximum £9000. Having recently taken early retirement, I am looking for reliability.

My local garage, who maintained my last vehicle, recommended Seat, Skoda or Volkswagen cars based primarily on the fact that in their garage, they see very little of these three brands. My brother insists on Vauxhall or Ford. I realise these don't list specific models, but I am intrigued to discover your opinion and recommendations.

Asked on 22 January 2024 by Stephen Fletcher

Answered by David Ross
If reliability is the most important factor, we would suggest looking at the Honest John Satisfaction Survey here: www.honestjohn.co.uk/honest-john-satisfaction-inde.../ which gives a top ten of the most reliable cars owned by readers. Among the top ten are cars from Lexus, Hyundai, Kia, Skoda, Jaguar and Toyota.
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