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Used Cars With Better Reliability Than New Cars

March 10, 2011

Used CarsUsed cars have always been the best way for consumers to get the most for their money.

Now, according to Consumer Reports, there's even more reason to buy used: eleven 2008 models have the same or fewer problems than similar 2010 models in the same class.

Among the most trouble-free 2008 models were the Toyota FJ Cruiser and Yaris.

Overall, Japanese cars are the most trouble-free, with Honda and Toyota far ahead.

The survey also found that five-year-old models can be good bets for used-car buyers, although problem rates, on average, are worse than rates of three or four-year-old cars.

Consumer Reports survey also found that cars older than five years are not so trouble-free.

Only half of the nine and 10-year-old vehicles had gone 12 months without a reported problem.

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- Gregg Fidan

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About: Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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