Are you looking for a reliable run-around? Japanese cars may be your best bet!

The Japanese are known across the world for being at the forefront of modern technology, and now it appears that they are also ahead of the competition in the fine art of car manufacturing.

A survey conducted by What Car? and Warranty Direct placed Japanese cars Honda, Toyota and Lexus in the top 3 ranking of the most reliable used car brands in the UK.

This is the seventh year in a row that Honda has taken the top spot in the league table.

Japanese manufactured models Suzuki (4th) and Subaru (5th) also took the last two spots in the top 5. This was followed by Japan’s Mazda and Mitsubishi which shared joint sixth place with another Asian (South Korean) success story, the Hyundai.

Although most drivers would have to pay more than a pretty penny to become the proud owners of an Audi, Jaguar or Mercedes, these luxury vehicles were among the 10 least reliable.

Land Rovers are famed for their robust 4 x 4 proportions and ability to cross a number of terrains, but this fact didn’t stop the brand from earning the title of the least reliable in the survey.

With the credit crunch putting a squeeze on motorists’ budgets, What Car?’s editor in chief, Chas Hallett, argued that having a car they can rely on is a key concern for drivers.

“Reliability is so important to motorists, especially when times are tough,” he said.

To add further weight to the idea that Japanese cars really can stand the test of time, a survey of 50,000 Warranty Direct policies found that Honda owners have just a 10% chance of their vehicle breaking down.

“Japanese carmakers really do deliver on reliability and Honda is exceptionally good at this,” said Mr Hallett.

The worst performing Japanese brand was Nissan, with a failure rate of 25%. Cars on finance may be an option if you are considering a new car purchase.

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