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What were the most expensive repair bills of 2018?

warranty repair bills 2018

The UK’s craziest warrantied repair bills from last year have been revealed. Yes, supercars get poorly too. More surprising still, sometimes through no fault of the driver. 

Figures courtesy of Warrantywise reveal that a cooling fan motor on a Lamborghini Aventador costing £8,928 topped the list of the most expensive warranty claims last year. Coming in a close second was a Porsche 911 Carrera 2, at £8,709.

Though not the most exotic car by comparison to the raging bull, its issues sound much more comprehensive. ‘Various engine faults’ sounds expensive regardless of the badge on the boot lid…

warranty repair bills 2018

In third place, a people’s car in all but badge. An Audi A1 racked up a remarkable £6,254 bill. What for? It just says ‘engine’ which suggests the A1 was subject to a four-figure heart transplant.

In fourth place is a McLaren 12C. You heard it here first: a McLaren gearbox job is cheaper than an A1 engine, at £6,084.

The other cars aren’t quite as exotic as the first four (bar the A1). A Land Rover Discovery, Ford S-Max, Mercedes C-Class, BMW 1 Series, Skoda Yeti and Nissan X-Trail make up the rest. The Germans suffered from engine trouble – £5,239 worth for the BMW and £5,306 for the Mercedes. So too did the Discovery, costing £5,900.

warranty repair bills 2018

Worryingly, differential work on the comparatively cheap and cheerful Nissan racked up a £5,009 bill. Of a seemingly similar humble badge is the Yeti, which had £5,084 worth of fuel system trouble. The Ford suffered from clutch trouble (various faults) suggesting more than a few things in that area were going wrong, to the tune of a £5,524 bill.

From Lamborghini to Nissan: all cars cop a limp every now and then.

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Warranty company reveals the largest bills paid in 2017

Car warranty company reveals the largest bills paid in 2017

Warranty company reveals the largest bills paid in 2017Buy a new car and it’s likely to come with a three-year warranty, but many manufacturers will offer extended warranties for an additional premium. Alternatively, some new cars will be covered for five or even seven years, providing peace of mind until as late as 2025. But what do you do when the warranty expires?

You’re faced with three choices: sell the car, chance your arm, or opt for an aftermarket warranty. Typically, you’ll pay anything from £100 to £500 a year, but in return you’ll be covered in the event of the failure of mechanical or electrical parts. Warrantywise has just released details of the top 10 car repair bills it paid in 2017, and the costs will send shockwaves through your wallet. All photos used are for illustrative purposes only.

10: Audi TT engine (£5,084)

Warranty company reveals the largest bills paid in 2017

It’s worth pointing out that not all aftermarket car warranties are created equal. There are a number of different options out there, offering various levels of protection. Many will cover the major mechanical and electrical parts, but others might include protection against MOT failure and multimedia malfunction. In 2017, Warrantywise paid just over £5,000 when an engine failed on an Audi TT.

9: Mercedes-Benz C-Class sensors (£5,134)

Warranty company reveals the largest bills paid in 2017

A similar figure was paid out for failure of the sensors on a Mercedes-Benz C-Class. We took a look on the Warrantywise website, where we were quoted £2,000 for a three-year warranty on a 2014 Mercedes-Benz C220. This includes a garage labour rate of up to £35 an hour and a single repair limit of £5,000. Increase these rates, and add the likes of multimedia, MOT and emissions cover to the package, and the cost will increase.

8: Porsche Cayenne oil leak (£5,494.38)

Warranty company reveals the largest bills paid in 2017

Even something that appears to be a relatively minor issue can cost an arm and a leg to repair, like the £5,500 it cost to repair the oil leak on a Porsche Cayenne. If this doesn’t encourage you to investigate the cause of that puddle on your driveway, nothing will.

7. Ferrari 599 gearbox (£5,745.22)

Warranty company reveals the largest bills paid in 2017

You wouldn’t buy a Ferrari 599 expecting to see running costs on a par with a Ford Fiesta, but finding £5,745 at the drop of a hat would be a stretch for most people. The Warrantywise website features a handy tool which provides an insight into the items most likely to go wrong on each car. The Ferrari dropdown menu includes everything from a 575M F1 gearbox (£6,161.21) to a 430 sensor (£2,171.09).

6. Lamborghini Aventador clutch (£5,954.02)

Warranty company reveals the largest bills paid in 2017

But it’s important to stress that big bills aren’t the preserve of exotic supercars. Warrantywise paid an eye-watering £453.29 for a brake caliper for a Daewoo Kalos and £431.10 on a heater matrix for a Daewoo Tacuma. A latch on a Proton GEN-2 cost £320.03, while a new engine on a Kia Sorento weighed in at £2,950. Not quite Aventador clutch money, but in relative terms it’s quite a chunk.

5. Maybach 62S brakes (£6,110.94)

Warranty company reveals the largest bills paid in 2017

The Maybach 62S is a lumbering beast of car, so you need to ensure the brakes are up to scratch. Spending £6,110 on the braking system should ensure the anchors are fit for purpose. Speaking of luxury motors, we took at look at Rolls-Royce, and discovered that Warrantywise has paid out for repair bills of up to £3,619.74 on the Phantom.

4. Dodge Journey gearbox (£6,262.54)

Warranty company reveals the largest bills paid in 2017

Yes, somebody in the UK actually bought a Dodge Journey, and when the gearbox went, they probably wish they hadn’t. Fortunately for them, Warrantywise covered the cost, which came in at a staggering £6,262. There are many faults listed under the heading of ‘Dodge’, so a warranty is likely to be a good move.

3. Nissan GT-R gearbox (£6,271.38)

Warranty company reveals the largest bills paid in 2017

On this evidence, the Nissan GT-R is a supercar-tamer with supercar-rivalling costs, should things go wrong. In addition to the £6,271 paid out in 2017, Warrantywise has previously forked out £9,500 and £6,187 for two separate gearboxes, and £4,890 for various engine faults.

2. Land Rover Discovery 4 engine (£8,527.80)

Warranty company reveals the largest bills paid in 2017

The Warrantywise website makes for grim reading for anyone who has recently purchased a used Land Rover. The Range Rover Sport looks particularly troublesome, with the table filled with bills upwards of £2,200. But each one is dwarfed by the £8,527.80 claim for a new Discovery 4 engine in 2017. Ouch.

1. McLaren MP4-12C gearbox (£10,000)

Warranty company reveals the largest bills paid in 2017

Imagine being faced with the prospect of a new gearbox on a McLaren MP4-12C. We suspect that the round figure is based on the upper limit of the warranty cover, which would suggest that the final bill was even higher. MP4-12C owners might want to wrap their seven-speed dual clutch gearbox in cotton wool.

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Revealed: the car brands with the most warranty claims

Revealed: the car brands with the most warranty claims

Revealed: the car brands with the most warranty claimsAnalysing data from 40,000 policies and £3 million worth of authorised claims, Warranty Direct has revealed the car brands with the most problems and the cost of repair should things go wrong.

Listed in reverse order, these are the 10 manufacturers which had the highest percentage of claims made against them, along with the average cost a claim. Owners of an Alfa Romeo, Porsche and Land Rover without warranty cover might want to look away now.

10. Citroen: 15% claimsRevealed: the car brands with the most warranty claims

The number of Warranty Direct claims are measured as a percentage of the number of policies held per manufacturer. On this basis, Citroen finishes 10th, with 15% of drivers needing to make a claim against their warranty.

Philip Ward of Warranty Direct said: “With many cars becoming increasingly more complex in terms of component parts, repair costs will continue to rise throughout 2017. Vehicles which might initially seem reliable and reasonably priced can end up becoming a financial liability for the owner.”

£363.20 average claim

Meanwhile, Warranty Direct has revealed the cost of the average authorised claim, which ranks Citroen as the second lowest on the list. If something goes wrong, you can expect to pay £363.20 to repair your Citroen, unless you’re covered by a warranty.

=8. Volvo: 16% claimsRevealed: the car brands with the most warranty claims

Finishing joint 8th in terms of total claims is Volvo, with 16% of drivers needing to call upon their warranty for financial help.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Honda, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota are deemed to be the most reliable vehicles on the market. Between 3% and 6% of policies were claimed against throughout the year.

Volvo: £466.92 average claim

When something does go wrong with your Volvo, you can expect to pay just under £477 to repair it.

=8. BMW: 16% claimsRevealed: the car brands with the most warranty claims

Level with Volvo is BMW, with 16% of policies claimed against throughout the year. Predictably, it’s manufacturers of larger, more complex vehicles that feature on Warranty Direct’s ‘repair scares’ list.

The company reveals that superminis and hatchbacks did not receive many claims, largely due to the simplicity of their parts and reduced labour cost. Other brands to perform well in the survey included Smart, Kia, SEAT, Ford and Hyundai.

BMW: £609.13 average claim

Be prepared to dig deep should things go wrong with your BMW. At £609.13, this is the second highest average authorised claim on the list, which suggests you might want to consider an aftermarket warranty.

7. Lexus: 22% claimsRevealed: the car brands with the most warranty claims

The figures make for good reading for the Japanese carmakers, although Lexus bucks the trend by finishing 7th.

Lexus might be the posh arm of Toyota, but if the Warranty Direct data is anything to go by, the more humble brand should provide fewer headaches.

Lexus: £469.68 average claim

If something goes wrong with your Lexus, you can expect to fork out just under £470 to put things right.

6. Jaguar: 23% claimsRevealed: the car brands with the most warranty claims

Finishing just outside the top five is Jaguar, with 23% of policies used throughout the year. On the flip-side, this does mean that 67% of Warranty Direct policies were unused.

Jaguar: £442.68 average claim

Jaguar performed relatively well in terms of the cost of the average claim, with £442.68 the third lowest on the list.

5. Mercedes-Benz: 25% claimsRevealed: the car brands with the most warranty claims

Into the top five, where we find Mercedes-Benz. According to Warranty Direct, this result is significant as “in 2015 alone the company sold 145,254 units in the UK, which equated to more than 5% of the market share”.

Mercedes-Benz: £559.99 average claim

Warranty Direct goes on to say that an average repair cost of £559.99 is the highest after Porsche and BMW.

4. Chrysler: 26% claimsRevealed: the car brands with the most warranty claims

When assessing the top five manufacturers on the list’s most frequent reasons for a claim, axle and suspension issues were common, along with electrical problems. Chrysler – which is now defunct in the UK – finishes fourth with 26% of total claims.

Chrysler: £474.28 average claim

Although not one of the most regular faults, Warranty Direct says gearbox repairs come at a significant cost and averaged over £1,250 across the top five brands. Meanwhile, it’ll cost £474.28 to repair your Chrysler.

3. Land Rover: 34% claimsRevealed: the car brands with the most warranty claims

A total of 34% of Land Rovers covered by a Warranty Direct policy suffered a fault of some kind. Perhaps a Japanese SUV would have made more sense…

Land Rover: £513.31 average claim

If something goes wrong with your Land Rover you can expect to receive a bill for just over £513.

2. Porsche: 36% claimsRevealed: the car brands with the most warranty claims

Finishing second is Porsche, with a claims rate of 36% across policies held with Warranty Direct. Common claims for Porsche owners included suspension and electrical issues, along with steering faults.

Porsche: £1,019.07 average claim

The average cost of £1,019.07 per repair is eye-watering in the extreme and just goes to prove how valuable an aftermarket warranty can be.

1. Alfa Romeo: 40% claimsRevealed: the car brands with the most warranty claims

Sitting at the top – or should that be bottom? – of the list is Alfa Romeo with a claims rate of 40%. Suspension, electrical and cooling system problems were the most frequent cause for payouts in 2015.

Alfa Romeo: £335.47 average claim

To provide some balance, Alfa Romeo is able to claim the lowest average repair cost on the list of worst offenders, although if you’re making regular trips to the garage, this could turn out to be a red herring.

Need a warranty for your Bugatti Veyron? It'll cost you...

Need a warranty for your Bugatti Veyron? It’ll cost you…

Need a warranty for your Bugatti Veyron? It'll cost you...

If you’d paid more than £1 million for a Bugatti Veyron when it was new, you might have been disappointed to discover that it only came with a two-year factory warranty.

With even the latest Grand Sport models now approaching two years old, it’s something that could be a concern for the discerning used Veyron customer.

But worry no more – aftermarket warranty provider WarrantyWise has announced its most expensive cover ever. The £10,000 Platinum Plus warranty covers unlimited claims up to the value of the Bugatti Veyron.

The policy has been created especially for specialist supercar dealer Tom Hartley, where a £2 million Veyron has recently been added to the stock.

When a set of tyres costs £23,500, and a routine service will set you back around £14,000, the idea of something catastrophic breaking could make your eyes water.

The Platinum Plus warranty covers all mechanical and electrical parts, including oil seals, air-conditioning, gaskets, drive belts, wiring looms and radiators – plus labour rates.

WarrantyWise CEO, Lawrence Whittaker, said: “The Bugatti Veyron is one of the most incredible cars ever built, but it comes with a price to match. Servicing and repair costs will always run into the tens-of-thousands, so we wanted to provide Tom Hartley and the Bugatti’s new owner with the best possible cover to make sure there are no unexpected bills at the start of their ownership.

“We’ve got experience in covering almost every car on the road, from Fords to Ferraris, but this latest Bugatti warranty is really the pinnacle of our line-up.”

With a total of ten radiators, four turbochargers and sixteen cylinders, it might be wise to consider investing in a warranty if you’re thinking about buying a Veyron.

Need a warranty for your Bugatti Veyron? It'll cost you...

Need a warranty for your Bugatti Veyron? It'll cost you…

Need a warranty for your Bugatti Veyron? It'll cost you...

If you’d paid more than £1 million for a Bugatti Veyron when it was new, you might have been disappointed to discover that it only came with a two-year factory warranty.

With even the latest Grand Sport models now approaching two years old, it’s something that could be a concern for the discerning used Veyron customer.

But worry no more – aftermarket warranty provider WarrantyWise has announced its most expensive cover ever. The £10,000 Platinum Plus warranty covers unlimited claims up to the value of the Bugatti Veyron.

The policy has been created especially for specialist supercar dealer Tom Hartley, where a £2 million Veyron has recently been added to the stock.

When a set of tyres costs £23,500, and a routine service will set you back around £14,000, the idea of something catastrophic breaking could make your eyes water.

The Platinum Plus warranty covers all mechanical and electrical parts, including oil seals, air-conditioning, gaskets, drive belts, wiring looms and radiators – plus labour rates.

WarrantyWise CEO, Lawrence Whittaker, said: “The Bugatti Veyron is one of the most incredible cars ever built, but it comes with a price to match. Servicing and repair costs will always run into the tens-of-thousands, so we wanted to provide Tom Hartley and the Bugatti’s new owner with the best possible cover to make sure there are no unexpected bills at the start of their ownership.

“We’ve got experience in covering almost every car on the road, from Fords to Ferraris, but this latest Bugatti warranty is really the pinnacle of our line-up.”

With a total of ten radiators, four turbochargers and sixteen cylinders, it might be wise to consider investing in a warranty if you’re thinking about buying a Veyron.

Vauxhall Mokka

Experts predict end of “useless” long-term warranty cover

Vauxhall MokkaWarranty firm Warranty Direct believes Vauxhall’s withdrawal of its lifetime warranty on new Vauxhalls from January 2015 could lead to other carmakers pulling long-term warranties from the market. Read more

Vauxhall Mokka

Experts predict end of "useless" long-term warranty cover

Vauxhall MokkaWarranty firm Warranty Direct believes Vauxhall’s withdrawal of its lifetime warranty on new Vauxhalls from January 2015 could lead to other carmakers pulling long-term warranties from the market. Read more

Ferrari 12 year Warranty

Ferrari introduces 12 YEAR warranty scheme

Ferrari 12 year WarrantyFerrari has set a new standard for automotive warranty cover with the offer of a 12 year series of extended warranty initiatives. Read more

Toyota launches 5 year warranty

Toyota is offering a 5 year warranty on all new cars sold from today.

The development, which comes at no extra cost to car buyers, follows a successful special offer trial period.

It is hoped the 5 year, 100,000-mile warranty – which matches the warranty Hyundai has offered for some time – will reinforce customer confidence in the brand, following recent recall events.

Toyota is particularly looking to attract new customers. It will use the extra reassurance of the warranty to support its high quality message.

‘By taking this major initiative we are giving our customers complete peace of mind,’ said Toyota UK MD Miguel Fonseca.

‘We want to reassure them that, in choosing a Toyota, they are getting the best in quality, reliability and durability.’

Toyota is already advertising the new warranty, which is beaten only by Kia’s amazing 7 year warranty offer, in the press and on TV. RA

>Motoring Research will also now reflect the new 5 year Toyota warranty in our dataset!