The Honda Jazz has been singled out by Warranty Direct as the most reliable car for this year's crop of skint students.
The firm's study coincides with tens of thousands of young people leaving home for the first time to begin university, as some of them may be needing a second-hand car which is cheap to run.
Top marks were awarded to the Japanese firm's super-mini for being the "most reliable" for under £3,000.
Warranty Direct said it analysed its 50,000 live warranty policies and came up with a list of the most reliable small used cars which parents or students on a budget could most likely afford.
The Jazz apparently has an 8% chance of breaking down throughout an average year, with its owner needing an average £231.59 to fix it if anything fails.
Warranty Direct's Duncan Fisher said: "Our research should be reassuring to those with a modest budget, although any vehicle can land you with a large bill if you are unlucky, particularly when a car moves into its fourth and fifth year."
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