New cars are more dependable than ever

February 14, 2013 12:00 AM

Automakers are always striving for improvements, and it looks like all of their hard work may be paying off. A recent study from J.D. Power and Associates found that new cars are more dependable than ever, improving by 5 percent from last year's average. 

"The continuous improvement in long-term dependability means consumes should have more confidence in three-year-old vehicles, whether they are keeping their current vehicle or shopping for a used car, truck, crossover or SUV," said David Sargent, vice president at J.D. Power and Associates. "This means ... owners who keep their vehicle beyond the manufacturer's warranty period are able to have greater peace of mind." 

According to NBC News, even U.S. manufacturers, who traditionally have lagged behind foreign automakers, are beginning to make strides with regard to dependability. While Lexus and Toyota topped the rankings, brands like Chrysler, Chevrolet and Lincoln made impressive gains in their respective categories, showing improved vehicle maintenance statistics. 

The increasing number of dependable vehicles means that drivers considering purchasing a used car in the near future can feel confident in their decision. With pre-owned automobiles handling wear and tear much better than in the past, even a used vehicle can handle like a new model. 

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