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“Lemon’s” and the Over All Quality of Newer Cars

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The fear of purchasing a “lemon” when shopping for a used car may soon be nothing more than an anecdote to tell future generations. According to The Associated Press, global competition is behind the increased quality of newer models in the past five or so years. Higher quality vehicles are less likely to require auto repair as long as drivers keep up with regular car maintenance.

J.D. Power and Associates recently released the results of this year’s Vehicle Dependability Study, which examines the lasting quality of three-year-old vehicles. The results showed a 13 percent improvement across the board from 151 problems per 100 (PP100) vehicles in 2011 to just 132 PP100 for vehicles manufactured in 2009. Since the overall quality has improved across the board, drivers have plenty of options when it comes time to purchase their next vehicle, whether they opt for a new or used model.

Until very recently, Honda and Toyota dominated the market for compact cars, but the push for more fuel-efficient vehicles has made smaller cars much more popular among consumers. This rising trend led other automakers to develop their own lineup of smaller vehicles, such as Ford‘s Focus and General Motor’s Chevy Cruze and Sonic.

 

 

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  1. While it’s true that new car quality is definitely on the rise using familiar models of vehicle quality, I think it is too late to say that lemon vehicles are going to be a thing of the past. As cars get more complicated, we are seeing the introduction of new features that carry additional levels of complexity and the potential for problems. Consider for example how many car companies are making bluetooth installed features standard, and how important this new feature is in light of recent new laws restricting people from operating cars and trucks while using a phone without a hands free device. Yet my office has had numerous calls from dissatisfied consumes about malfunctioning bluetooth systems. The point is that as technology moves forward, we will always be on the edge of perfecting the recently developed technology.

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