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It’s a common question asked especially in the second-hand car market and we now have the answer – the Mazda MX-5 has been voted the most reliable sports cars according to 2012 feedback from 52,563 people in The Which? 2012 Car Survey. People voted the Mazda MX5 the most reliable sports cars both new and second-hand with a 90% reliability score.

The Mazda MX-5 is the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car and it’s easy to see why – affordable, reliable, great looks and such fun to drive, the Mazda MX-5 is the modern-day MG Midget but with the added benefit of being an extremely reliable sports car.

Early MX-5 models have excellent records of reliability so those looking to buy a reliable second hand sports car would find it hard to find anything more suitable than an MX5 mk1 or mk2. In The 2012 Which? survey these models scored five star ratings for not breaking down.

Modified Mazda MX5’s

There’s so many different types of Mazda MX5 out there with many owners choosing to customise their MX5 from chrome bars to full on paint jobs and here we showcase some of our favourites:

Top Gear Mazda MX-5 Videos

If Top Gear think the Mazda MX5 is good, it’s good enough for us…

 

The Mercedes-Benz CLC Coupé was voted second most reliable car and the Audi TT came in third place in The Which? voting.

However reliable the Mazda MX5 is, you should always purchase breakdown cover from Greenflag or similar just to cover you should the worst happen.

Cool Car

Owning the latest model of your favourite car manufacturer or the newest sports car is an important part of life for some. Taking to the open the road in your prized possession is an exhilarating experience, though it is also important to consider the legal and financial implications of owning a cool desirable car.

No one likes to dwell on the possibility of road accidents, though all car owners should be equipped with sufficient knowledge in the event of an occurrence. Even for smaller incidents like whiplash claims legal advice will often have to be sought, so finding a trusted and professional legal firm is essential.


Many owners of desirable and luxury cars will have invested a substantial amount of their earnings into the purchase, so receiving the right kind of insurance cover is important. Vehicle insurance is a requirement for all cars on the road, and third party insurance is the legal minimum, which covers you in case of an accident causing damage or injury to any other person, vehicle, animal or property.

However, this level of insurance is not enough to cover any other costs like repair to your own vehicle.
Many companies do not offer insurance packages for cars over a certain value, so owners of luxury vehicles are advised to use a specialist insurance firm.

Cool Classic Car

Classic cars are also a specialist area and as such, owners of vintage models often require a specially tailored insurance package. As the cost of premium car insurance can be hefty, you may wish to seek the advice of an insurance broker who will work to find the most cost effective insurance protection as well as offering advice on how to make a claim in the case of an accident.

If you are involved in a road traffic accident you will have to provide your name and address as well as vehicle registration number to your insurance company at the time of the incident. If not, and in more serious incidents, the police must be contacted within 24 hours. Your insurance company will then be able to provide you with further advice and steps you need to take.

If you are involved in an incident with an uninsured driver, you should inform the police immediately. Although this can sometimes complicate the situation, it is still possible to receive compensation in some cases. This will involve contacting the Motor Insurers’ Bureau and you should remember that if you decide to start legal proceedings against an uninsured driver you must give MIB notice in writing within 14 days after those proceedings are issued by the court.

Compensation after any kind of road accident may be possible by seeking the assistance of personal injury solicitors. The amount you can claim will depend on a number of factors: the pain suffered as a result of injuries, how this has affected your day to day life, and any loss of earnings as a result. You may also have incurred extra expenses, like travel or medical costs, which you may be able to claim back.

Owning a luxury car can be a source of great pleasure, though your vehicle’s high worth means that extra steps have to be taken to ensure you receive suitable insurance and legal support in the case of an accident.

Essentially there are seven different types of motorbike, and within each type there are many different models with different levels of performance, different costs and consequently different insurance premiums. Here we will indicate each of these types and which insurance groups they are likely to be placed by specialist motorbike insurers. There are 22 groups in total though most motorbikes fall into groups 3 to 17, and it is the higher groups that attract the higher premiums.

Mopeds


Mopeds are bikes with very small engines of up to 50cc, which can also be driven by pedalling just as in an ordinary bicycle. Essentially they are motorised bicycles and because they have relatively low levels of power they fall into the lowest insurance groups of around 1 to 3.

Scooters


Scooters are often a popular choice for getting around towns and cities as they are very cheap to run and convenient to ride. Lower powered scooters fall into the lower insurance groups, possibly 3 to 6, though nowadays it is possible to buy some quite powerful models which are more expensive to insure.
Sports Bikes


Sports bikes are the most popular and often are fast and have powerful engines. They also look good with aerodynamic fairings. Typical manufacturers are Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Ducati and Triumph. These are likely to be in groups 10 to 17 depending on their performance levels and cost.

Naked Bikes


Naked bikes are generally sports bikes without the fancy fairings of sports bikes, and similar considerations apply in terms of insurance groups.

Cruisers


Cruisers typically have low seats are longer than conventional motorbikes, and a general retro look reminiscent of the Easy Rider era. The most iconic of all cruisers is the legendary Harley Davidson, which are likely to fall in the higher insurance groups.

Adventure Sport Bikes


Adventure sport bikes are made to go off-road as well as on-road because of this they are endurance machines and are built with toughness in mind. They are also long distance bikes and tend to have large petrol tanks and luggage compartments which can make them very expensive to buy and insure. 

Touring Motorbikes


Touring motorbikes are made to eat up the miles by the thousand and provide the rider with high levels of comfort including all the electronic devices available such as an intercom for the driver and passenger and – believe it or not – air conditioning. They can be very expensive to buy and attract high insurance premiums.

Motorcycles are the ultimate symbol of cool. The faster the bike, the cooler it is. Here are 10 of the most advanced super bikes today, in no particular order.

1) Dodge Tomahawk
This beastly muscle-bike houses a nuclear generator of an engine in its chunky metallic chassis–one that is derived from that of the famous Dodge Viper. While not as sleek and sexy as many of its competitors, the Tomahawk throws itself from point A to point B in a blink of an eye with its unrivaled speed and power. This is definitely one of the baddest boys on the block.

> Engine: 8.3-liter V10 SRT10
> Horsepower: 500
> Top Speed: 480 km/hr

2) MV Agusta F3
This mechanical work of art is dubbed “The Most Beautiful Motorcycle in the World.” Quick and compact, there isn’t really another super bike with such a tiny engine in this elite class.

> Engine: Three-Cylinder 675cc
> Horsepower: 126

> Top Speed: 260 km/hr



3) Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

Although relatively large and heavy, the ZX-14R has an incredible displacement of 1441cc. It has been dubbed “The World’s Most Powerful Production Motorcycle” and has yet to live up to that moniker. Only in due time will we see if the Ninja assassinates every rival that competes against it.

> Engine: 1441cc
> Horsepower: 200
> Price: $14,699




4) BMW S1000RR

In a black and yellow paint job, the aggressively-designed S1000RR looks like an angry killer bee ready to ruin someone’s day. With its finely-tuned engine and ultra-light construction, it will wreck almost every opponent it gets matched up against. BMW’s high-end offering is both aesthetically attractive and pleasantly affordable.

> Engine: Four-Stroke 999cc
> Horsepower: 193
> Top Speed: 305 km/hr
> Price: $14,000

5) Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R

The Hayabusa is a super bike named after the fastest bird in the world–the Peregrine falcon. This bird is able to dive at top speeds of nearly 200 mph. Similarly, the Hayabusa can reach just about the same maximum velocity. With beautiful curves and a price tag that isn’t reserved for the rich and famous, the Hayabusa is like a fine lady who isn’t just after your wallet.

> Engine: Four-Stroke 1340cc
> Horsepower: 197
> Top Speed: 330 km/hr
> Price: $14,000

6) Ducati 1199 Panigale Superbike

This new version of the Ducati flagship model has been enhanced in a number of ways. Lighter, sleeker, stronger, and faster, the 1199 Panigale takes high-performance to another level. It is one of the most powerful pound-for-pound super bikes ever made.

> Engine: 1199cc V-Twin
> Horsepower: 195




7) Honda CBR1000RR

Starting in 2008, the speedy CBR was redesigned to be even lighter and faster than before. Much of the focus was on making the body more aerodynamic and reducing weight wherever it wasn’t needed. The end result was a better version of this already excellent import crotch-rocket.

> Engine: 999cc Inline-Four
> Horsepower: 178
> Price: $13,800

8) Erik Buell Racing 1190 RS

This super bike is another futuristic marvel of engineering that combines luxury with performance for those who want everything in a cycle. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to pay up if you want a taste of this milkshake.

> Engine: 1190cc V-Twin
> Horsepower: 175
> Price: $39,999

9) Yamaha YZF R1

A favorite among sports bike enthusiasts, the YZF R1 is the perfect blend of velocity and drive-ability. Ranked among the “Japanese Big 4” super bikes, this speed demon is guaranteed to put pretty much any Eastern or Western opponent to shame.

> Engine: Four-Stroke 1000cc
> Horsepower: 150
> Price: $14,500



10) MTT Turbine Superbike

This super bike is super sleek with its futuristic armor-plate-like body. Like all things from the future, this bike is equipped with an arsenal of high-tech devices including a laser scrambler and rear-mounted camera. The unbelievable part about the MTT Turbine is that it actually runs on a turbine engine unlike those found in jet planes. If this thing had wings, it would definitely take off.

> Engine: Rolls-Royce-Allison 250 Turbo Shaft
> Horsepower: 320
> Top Speed: 370 km/hr
> Price: $175,000

This guest post was written by Will who writes for a host of motoring companies and related businesses titanium supplier Dynamic Metals. Metals they stock include 17/4PH amongst many other metal alloys.