Consumer Reports tracks reliability data for just about every model out there, and this can really help buyers when it comes to knowing which cars to avoid. Some vehicles have a history of mechanical issues and necessitate more frequent car repairs, but this cost can be hidden to those who don't do research.
In the consumer guide's April issue, 24 cars with poor reliability will be highlighted so drivers can make an informed decision. ABC News previewed 10 of them, allowing buyers to get a sneak peek at models that frequently find their way to the mechanic's garage.
For example, the Kia Sedona was singled out for having subpar reliability scores for every year from 2002 through 2011, making this one used minivan that buyers may want to avoid. The Chevrolet Aveo was another model plagued by maintenance issues, which is why it was replaced by the improved Chevrolet Sonic recently. Other models that made the list included the BMW 535i, Dodge Grand Caravan, GMC Acadia, Ford Thunderbird and Jaguar S-Type.
Even if a driver avoids these models with poor reliability, auto maintenance is still critical to keeping their car on the road.