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What is the main cause of car buyers' regrets?  Cars that breakdown or prove to be unreliable soon after purchase are the main source of 'buyers' remorse' among motorists, according to a new poll.

A survey of 3,000 people found that car buyers often have a number of regrets about their choice of motor after they have completed the purchase.

Car Buyers' Regrets

The most common regret is that the car proved not to be very reliable, cited by 30 per cent of respondents, followed by the vehicle breaking down soon after being bought (24 per cent).

Luckily, for those who do find that their newly purchased car is a little less reliable than they'd hoped there is always the option of finding some low-cost used car parts for sale to fix any mechanical problems.

However, according Andy Cullwick, head of marketing at Manheim Auctions, which carried out the survey, car buyers can help avoid making a purchase they regret by conducting thorough research beforehand.

"Research is key to buying any car, as is buying from a reputable source whether it is an auction, car supermarket or dealer," he said.

"The internet is great for information gathering and for researching running costs including insurance, fuel consumption as well as service and repair costs."

Motorists could, for example, check out the cost of used car parts online for their chosen vehicle to see what they will have to pay if they do need to fix any mechanical issues.

Meanwhile, other major regrets experienced by car buyers included issues related to cost, with 15 per cent saying they had bought a vehicle that turned out to be too expensive to run and 11 per cent deciding they had paid too much for their car after handing over the money.

Just three per cent of motorists did not like the colour of the car they had bought, while only two per cent were concerned that it was not as environmentally friendly as they had thought at the time of purchase.