Which are the best reliable cars for your family?

family car breakdown

family car breakdownIf you're planning a 'staycation' holiday to save money this summer, the last thing you need is for your family car to break down on a long journey.

As well as the inconvenience to your summer getaway, a breakdown can also put a serious dent in your wallet, so it's essential to have reliable family cars.

Owners of the Toyota Corolla could be in for the smoothest ride this summer, if a new survey by Warranty Direct is to be believed.

The Corolla, which is built at Toyota's Burnaston factory in Derby, has topped a list of reliable cars with the lowest breakdown rate of any family car.

At the other end of the scale, families with a Renault Espace or Mercedes R-Class appear the most likely to suffer unwanted garage bills.

Which car should you buy?

If you're looking to cut your car costs you should also take into account the future repair costs you might face if you haven't opted for one of the more reliable cars.

With this in mind, parents might want to consider investing in a Honda Civic or Accord - although the Accord faces more costly maintenance bills.

Most of the cars in the top 10 are made in Japan, with Peugeot the only European manufacturer to make it onto the list with its 308.

But Peugeot's 807 attracted the largest individual bill with a claim for repairs totalling nearly £5,000.

Used car buyers looking for reliable cars should also consider the Mazda 3 and another UK-built car, the Toyota Auris.

The analysis is based on around 30,000 Warranty Direct policies on three to five-year-old cars.

The group's managing director Duncan McClure Fisher said: "Most cars will go wrong at some stage but there's nothing worse than the family's excitement at setting off on holiday being destroyed by a morning spent on the hard shoulder.

"Electrical issues and axle and suspension troubles cause the majority of claims, with the latter often a result of a collision with a pothole or other road defect."