After buying a car from a dealership and driving it home, you expect it to be a dependable and not have any issues or problems within the foreseeable future. However, this is not always the case.
Until you're able to look at a vehicle and tell if it would be a reliable car to own, you can refer to trusted companies with the end consumer in mind such as the research firm J.D. Power and Associates.
J.D. Power just released their 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study. This study analyzed owner-reported problems over the past twelve months by original owners of three-year-old vehicles. Vehicles are scored based on problem symptoms and are evaluated in eight vehicle system categories including:
The lower the score the better ranking the vehicle will have on the study. You can read more about the dependability study here.
According to J.D. Power, technology related issues are still a big problem when it comes to dependability. The main problems are Bluetooth connectivity and pairing, voice recognition systems misinterpreting user commands, and incorrect navigation locations.
For the fifth consecutive year in a row, Lexus ranks the highest in vehicle dependability among all brands with a score of only 95 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100). Porsche moved from the fifth place last year up to second place in 2016 with only 97 PP100. Buick (106 PP100), Toyota (113 PP100), and GMC (120 PP100) round out the top five spots on the dependability list. General Motors Company took eight segment awards and Toyota Motor Corporation won six segments. Check out how all the vehicle's ranked on the lists below.
|Vehicle Category||Highest Rated Dependable Car|
|Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle||2013 Toyota Prius v|
|Compact Car||2013 Buick Verano|
|Midsize Car||2013 Chevrolet Malibu|
|Midsize SUV||2013 Nissan Murano|
|Small SUV||2013 Buick Encore|
|Large Car||2013 Buick LaCrosse|
|Large SUV||2013 GMC Yukon|
|Midsize Premium SUV||2013 Lexus GX|
|Midsize Sporty Car||2013 Chevrolet Camaro|
|City Car||2013 Fiat 500|
|Compact Sporty Car||2013 MINI Coupe | Roadster|
|Midsize Premium Car||2013 Lexus GS|
|Minivan||2013 Toyota Sienna|
|Compact Premium Car||2013 Lexus ES|
|Large Heavy Duty Pickup||2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD|
|Large Light Duty Pickup||2013 Toyota Tundra|
|Compact Premium SUV||2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class|
|Compact SUV||2013 Chevrolet Equinox|
|Small Car||2013 Honda Fit|
Read my section on how to estimate what a dealer paid for a used car before ever stepping foot inside a dealership. Knowing this information will guarantee you pay the lowest price and avoid overpaying for your next used car.
Keep in mind, when buying a used car you must do two things, review the vehicles paperwork and history through a company such as AutoCheck. Once it passes your review, have the vehicle inspected by a certified mechanic to make sure it's a good reliable vehicle.
When negotiating a used car's price, it’s important to have a good estimate of what the dealer's cost is for the vehicle and what other people are paying for the same vehicle in your local area. Otherwise, you won’t know what's a good price to pay for the vehicle. I highly recommend using an online referral service such as Edmunds or Cars.com to do your used car research. The above sites will also tell you which dealerships in your local area are currently the most flexible with their used car pricing.
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