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Private Finance: German used cars particularly reliable

German cars have used as comparatively often comparatively few defects. This is evident from the current used car report of the testing organization Dekra. The Audi A6 proves to be the most reliable car. It is followed by two more German models – the Mercedes E-Class – last year’s winner – and the Audi Q5.

According to Dekra, around 15 million main examinations from two years in all vehicle classes up to a mileage of 150,000 kilometers were evaluated for the classification.

It differentiates between three areas of mileage

It differentiates between three areas of mileage

The Dekra is the best in nine vehicle classes. In addition to vehicle classes, it differentiates between three areas of mileage: up to 50,000, 50,000 to 100,000 and 100,000 to 150,000 kilometers. This results in 27 individual winners. And among them are no longer just German vehicle manufacturers. In small cars, for example, the Toyota Yaris shows the fewest deficiencies up to 50,000 kilometers. From 50,000 to 100,000 kilometers, the Audi A1 is ahead in this class. In contrast, the Mazda 2 wins at 100,000 to 150,000 kilometers.

Audi, BMW, Mercedes and VW with good finishes

Audi, BMW, Mercedes and VW with good finishes

Overall, the German companies still make the most individual winners: in the 27 small rankings is 18 times a German model in front. In the four vehicle categories superclass, sports car, SUV and vans, models from Audi, Mercedes, BMW or VW are the most reliable in all three mileage segments. In the middle class Volvo can stand out with the S60 / V60 twice, in the compact cars succeed the Honda Civic and the Toyota Prius each individual victories.

Defects, which are typically caused by vehicle owners

Defects, which are typically caused by vehicle owners

In the van category, the Opel Combo has the fewest defects up to 50,000 kilometers, while the Peugeot partner is the most reliable at 100,000 to 150,000. And in terms of transporters, the Renault Master is twice in front – the Frenchman can win both up to 50,000 and 50,000 to 100,000 kilometers.

Defects, which are typically caused by vehicle owners, are not taken into account by Dekra in their statistics. These include worn tires or worn wiper blades, as a Dekra spokesman explains. “This includes all the complaints that the car can not be structurally guilty of.” (Dpa)