Car Reliability Ratings:
Top Sources for Dependability Reports
Car and Truck Reliability Ratings
There are several sources of automotive reliability ratings and opinions to choose from. Of course, none are perfect. So it’s best to compare reports, statistics and judgments of the bunch, and then lean toward the agreed-upon quality vehicles.
New Car Reviews
Reviews don’t usually tell us much about durability or the volume of repairs expected from a vehicle as mileage accumulates, aside from a few long-term road tests which you may find in publications such as Motor Trend, Truck Trend, Car and Driver and Road & Track. And you may have noticed that certain new car and truck reviews are basically advertisements (great reports on subpar vehicles to promote sales). But when you do come across an unbiased review, where a qualified automotive journalist is accurately critiquing a car or truck, stick with that writer and/or that publication.
Aside from the carmaker’s engineers and executives examining the confidential warranty claim reports, no one knows how well vehicles hold up better than the automotive technicians at the dealership. These guys (and girls) know what breaks, how often, and which models to stay away from. The only problem is they typically work on a single brand. But if you’re deciding between two makes, and there is a joint dealer selling the two, go speak with a technician working on both. It doesn’t get any better than that. Technicians from independent auto repair shops can also be helpful, but they typically work on a high number of models which limits their expertise in any one make.