Honda
is the most reliable used car brand in the UK for the seventh consecutive year, according to new research.

Findings from What Car and Warranty Direct show that Honda has just a one in 10 chance of its cars having a breakdown in any given 12-month period, followed closely by Toyota and Lexus.

While Japanese marques once again dominate the top 10 most reliable manufacturers, the research, based on 50,000 Warranty Direct policies on three-to-ten year old cars, shows that many more expensive brands will actually let you down more often.

Top brands Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar fall into the bottom 10, with popular Audi little better. Land Rover is the UK's least reliable manufacturer in 36th place, with a shocking 71% of cars breaking down at least once every year.

What Car's editor Chas Hallett said: "Reliability is so important to motorists, especially when times are tough. Japanese car makers really do deliver on reliability and Honda is exceptionally good at this.

"What will be surprising to many is the fact that several of the more desirable brands did not fare so well regarding reliability, and the cost of their repairs are high. They need to do better."

Axle and suspension woes are the most common fault reported by the UK's motoring public, largely down to bad road conditions, accounting for 29% of all breakdowns handled by Warranty Direct.

Electrical gremlins are the second most likely cause of an unwanted garage bill, with 24% of drivers reporting problems.

US brand Chevrolet is the only manufacturer from outside the Far East to break into the top 10. It also has the lowest average repair bill, £227, of the most reliable marques. Unsurprisingly, Porsche models are the most expensive to repair, with an eye-watering average garage bill of £623.