A car dealer's scientific guide to the most durable used cars

Discussion in 'Other Manufacturers' started by JohnM, Nov 11, 2014.

  1. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    Everybody wants to own a keeper. A car that provides so much personal satisfaction that the years and miles can just fly by, while the enduring qualities of that daily driver remain picture perfect.

    The hard part for most folks comes down to hype.

    To sell more cars, manufacturers continue to promote short-term quality studies that have little or nothing to do with the long-term ownership experience. For example, J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study only covers the first 90 days of ownership, while its long-term survey tracks three-year-old vehicles over a short 12 month span.

    In a market where the average car and truck is now over 11 years old, a long-term reliability study requires a much longer view of car ownership. For those of us who are looking to find a good used car, or even feel concerned about how a new car will hold up, we should be able to know the longevity of a vehicle for the entire life cycle instead of just a random early point in time.

  2. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    But that would make it less attractive (sensational) for the manufacturers who are paying dearly for their "award".
  3. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    I've made a habit of completely disregarding both of those awards as meaningless. :rolleyes:
  4. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Super Moderator Staff Member

    The JD Power initial quality ratings are really just valuable to manufacturers because it tells them about fundamental and manufacturing problems that people will quickly identify, maybe even on a test drive. So those things will lose sales, have lessees dump their cars, and maybe losena chunk of fleet and rental sales. Not to mention have new buyers warning others off.
  5. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Cuz if you lose the fleet sales, where would GM and Chrysler be ?

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