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Car problems 'to cost Brits £1.6bn'

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Drivers of new and used cars are expected to be hit with unwanted repair bills of more that £1.6 billion this year, according to new research.

Data from Warranty Direct shows that a third of the 16 million UK vehicles that are between three and ten years old will experience some sort of mechanical failure in the next 12 months.

Electrical faults are the most common, but the average cost for the driver is £335.

Duncan McClure Fisher of Warranty Direct said that car drivers have to accept that something will go wrong at some point, even with the most reliable of vehicles.

"The worst part is the unknown - failure could happen at any time and, unfortunately, as we're all driving evermore complex vehicles, the cost of repair is reflected," he added.

Warranty Direct recently announced that the most reliable car in Europe is the Peugeot 207, followed by the Fiat Panda.

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