A report released today from the UK's second largest car manufacturer warranty services provider, Mondial Assistance, shows electrical faults are the cause of eight out of 10 warranty claims being made on modern cars.
The top ten list includes senders and sensors, monitors and plugs, coils and small electric motors such as those found in HVAC units and automated parts, like seats.
“The changing profile of motor warranty claims over the last decade reflects technological advancements, with mechanical related faults far less prevalent today,” explains Liz Grindell, Warranty Manager for Mondial Assistance. "For example, analysis of warranty claims from 2000 shows that faulty air conditioning units featured heavily, where today they are far more infrequent.
"Air conditioning was considered a luxury item back in 2000, fitted only to prestige cars, however they are now a standard fit and as such have become an item that’s tried, tested and developed to ensure it doesn’t fail.
“Although the impressive engineering developments within the motor industry have resulted in more robust, reliable vehicles protecting car owners from unexpected repair costs, things can still go wrong. i-Pod connectors, rear seat entertainment systems and parking assist technology are examples of the great innovations fitted to today’s vehicles, which is why warranties need to evolve too.”
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Electrical faults top UK warranty claims list