Does Reliability Matter When You're Leasing?

When it's time to choose a new car, you’ll probably want a car that’s reliable. Unless you’re a glutton for punishment, of course!

When I talk about reliability in a car, I mean how often something goes wrong with it – in other words, the car's practicality. For most sensible people, the reliability of a car is one of the most important factors when it comes to choosing the right car. After all, you don’t really want a car that’s constantly breaking down, do you? Even the newest, shiniest cars are not immune to faults and reliability issues though so you need to be careful when it comes to leasing the right car.

Asking yourself a few simple questions when it comes to choosing what type of lease car you want can help you find a reliable car. And that's what I'm going to focus on for the rest of this blog.

Question #1 — How often things could go wrong with the car?

The best way to reduce the risk of being lumbered with a car that always has something wrong with it is to do your research before being cursed with it. With that in mind, you need to be finding out how often things could wrong with it.

Obviously, you won’t really know the answer yet, so online research will help you to pinpoint any known reliability problems with your chosen car. You can find a lot of information out about the reliability of particular makes and models of cars by just checking out blogs and auto websites. For a very general feel, check out the Reliability Index.

Question #2 — How often might things go wrong with the car?

Once you’ve pinpointed exactly what reliability issues your car is known to suffer from, you should find out how often these things could happen to gain a picture of how reliable it might be in terms of working well.

Some issues might be periodic and only inconvenience you once in a while, whereas others might be constant. For example, a particular model might be prone to a small issue like a windscreen wiper working its way lose every so often. That’s not a massive problem.  If it’s an issue of the central locking frequently playing up however, that’s going to have the potential to cause havoc every time that you lock or unlock your car. That could be a much bigger problem.

Question #3 — How expensive the car is to fix?

The next think to ask yourself is how expensive these problems might be to fix. Again, some problems will be cheaper than others to fix. Compare the cost of replacing a headlight to that of replacing a catalytic convertor for instance. Also remember that most repairs will be covered by the manufacturer's warranty. However, you will need to go a few carless days when it's being worked on.

Question #4 — How long is the car out of action for because of the fault?

The length of time that your car is off the road for is a really important factor to take account of when it comes to working out the reliability of a car.

If the car is out of action for weeks at a time, it can severely impact your day to day routine, potentially causing you all sorts of kinds of grief. It can even end up costing you money, when you take into account the cost of public transport and taxis that you might rely to get to work.