The Most Important Factor When Car Buying Is Car Reliability According to CarGurus Survey

Car Buying

Making sure you can count on your car to be in it for the long haul is important for all car buyers. A recent CarGurus Reliability Survey found that car buyers value reliability as a top priority when purchasing a new or used car. CarGurus surveyed over 500 car buyers and analyzed data based on what matters most to them when shopping for a new or used car. 

From this survey, CarGurus experts found that “budget” and “reliability” were nearly tied for most important, while “driving feel” and “brand” tied in second place. “Safety ratings” came last in factors to consider when deciding on a car but many of those surveyed claimed that “safety and reliability go hand-in-hand.” 

See why car buyers value reliability and how you can be sure you’re buying a reliable car: 

What Makes a Car Reliable? 

Reliability can mean several different things when it comes to cars. For a car to be considered reliable, it should be dependable, safe, and best suited for your lifestyle. If you find yourself often commuting long distances or driving on the highway, for instance, you should choose a car that is most likely to operate well in these conditions. 

For used cars, reliability also means that the car has been properly cared for over the years, and has remained consistently dependable as time goes on. A used car that has been around for 10 years, for example, and has not been properly maintained will not be as reliable as one that received routine maintenance. By getting a history report, you will be able to see service records that indicate whether the previous owner brought the car in for regular oil changes.

When it comes to new cars, reliability may mean choosing a reputable brand that is known for manufacturing long-lasting, durable cars. Unlike used cars, new cars have not yet had any long term owners so by researching the brand as a whole, you can get an idea of how reliable their cars generally are. While you should always do research on the brand you’re considering whether you’re buying a new or used car, new cars will not have as much data on the exact make and model like a used car would. Because of this, relying on brand research is a big part of the new car buying process. 

How Can I Be Sure That My Car is Reliable? 

Getting transparent, factual information about a vehicle will confirm whether or not it is reliable. In addition to doing your own research, you should always have an automotive technician perform a pre-purchase inspection before you buy a car. This way, you will receive unbiased information with everything you need to know, from maintenance and history reports to safety and mechanical checks.

When buying a used car, it is important to also look into past reviews and open safety recalls on the specific make and model. This way, you will see what other technicians and long term owners have to say about how the car operates on the road, the typical cost of maintenance, and whether or not it will continue to be reliable over a long period of time based on their own experiences with the car. Having more data is one of the biggest advantages of buying a used car, as it is easier to determine reliability and longevity. 

What Does This Mean for Buying a Car?

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