There are many potential signs you’ve bought a car out of warranty that you shouldn’t have. These include cold sweats every time a check engine light comes on, and or light fainting whenever you take it for service depending on how many zeroes are on the invoice.

This is assuming of course that you make to the garage in the first place. As we all know that certain cars are more fragile than others, even with the ‘new car’ smell still intact.

It could be a highly strung engine, making the possibility of an explosion a daily reality. Or it could be at the other end of the spectrum with terrible build and design quality that wasn’t really meant to last longer than a few days after it left the factory. With the most fragile cars usually proving hugely expensive and difficult to fix – leaving carmakers holding a celebration party the day their warranties expire.

These are our choices of cars you should never but without a warranty.