Logbook Loans Tips: Top Ten Used Car Problems

If you have car problems you are not alone! There are not only common car problems but also makes of used cars that specific problems tend to happen to more frequently than others.

Have a read through our list – which we have sourced from Warrantywise, one of the UK’s leading warranty providers – to find out some of the most common car faults you are likely to find in some of the most popular used cars on the market.

1. Gearbox
Gearbox repairs top the list of the most common car fault, accounting for 8.4% of all problems. To replace a gearbox can be very expensive but if it needs to be done there is unfortunately no way round it. The three most common cars that seem to have gearbox problems are:

  1. Vauxhall Astra
  2. Volkswagen Golf
  3. BMW 3 Series

2. Electrical
There is so much technology in cars these days! In one way this is a very good thing as it can make our cars safer and also easier to use. However, it also has the potential for lots more things to go wrong. Electrical faults account for 8.2% of all car problems and the three cars topping the list for this are:

  1. BMW 3 Series
  2. Vauxhall Corsa
  3. Audi A3

3. Clutch
The more miles a car has done, the more chance there is of a slipped or burnt out clutch. Clutch problems account for 7.8% of car problems and are most commonly found in:

  1. Vauxhall Astra
  2. Ford Focus
  3. Volkswagen Golf

4. Turbo
If your car has a turbocharger you’d better hope it does not go wrong! This is one of the most expensive car problems to fix but sadly accounts for 4.7% of car problems. The three cars most likely to develop this fault are:

  1. Ford Focus
  2. Volkswagen Golf
  3. BMW 3 Series

5. Brakes
If you develop a problem with brakes it is vital to get this sorted straight away so that the car is safe to drive. Unfortunately brake problems account for around 4.7% of car problems and the most common culprits are:

  1. Volkswagen Passat
  2. Land Rover Discovery
  3. BMW 3 Series

6. Alternator
It will be interesting to see how the future develops for alternators. With the increase in hybrid and electric cars we could see the traditional alternator being phased out but unfortunately it can be an issue for around 4.3% of used cars, the most common being:

  1. Vauxhall Astra
  2. Land Rover Discovery
  3. Ford Focus

7. Cylinder head gasket
White smoke and coolant leaks are symptoms of a cylinder head gasket failure; 3.1% of cases involved vital gasket repairs over the last year.

  1. Vauxhall Corsa
  2. Citroen C3
  3. Peugeot 207

8. Air-conditioning condenser
If you are luck enough to have a car with air conditioning, just be aware that around 3.1% of problems with used cars are related to air conditioning. In particular a new air-conditioning condenser is often needed. This is a particular problem for:

  1. Volkswagen Golf
  2. Vauxhall Zafira
  3. Audi A4

9. EGR valve
EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) valves feature in the news whenever emissions are discussed. Around 2.9% of car problems are related to faulty EGR parts, particularly:

  1. Land Rover Discovery / Discovery Sport
  2. Vauxhall Astra
  3. Volkswagen Transporter

10. Window motor/regulator
Electric windows are great until they don’t work! Around 2.2% of car problems are due to burnt out window motors that then need to be replaced, most commonly occurring in:

  1. Renault Megane
  2. Renault Scenic
  3. Audi A5

So if you have any of the above car problems – and particularly if you have them on one of the most common three cars on the list – you are not alone. But knowing this does not actually help to get your car fixed!

Raising money to do this can seem particularly difficult if you currently have a poor credit rating, but this is where Logbook Loans may be able to help. We offer bad credit logbook loans as long as you are able to afford the repayments. To get in touch with us either apply online or use our Branch Locator to find your nearest branch of Logbook Loans, and we will see what we can do to get that car back on the road as soon as possible!