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The Most Reliable Vehicle is...

November 22, 2012

Car shoppers often cite reliability as a key factor when deciding which vehicle to purchase. Consumer Reports has their annual reliability rankings, but that's based on customer feedback and can be sowewhat subjective. That's why it's important to combine that with objective data, such as CarMD's Reliability Study which was just released last week.

The study was based on 163,000 repairs performed as a result of a "check engine" light incident over a recent 12-month period. The repairs were performed by CarMD's network of certified automotive technicians.

The study ranked the top 100 most reliable vehicles, the most common repairs, and the average cost of the repairs. According to the study, the most reliable vehicle right now is the 2010 Toyota Corolla. Below, you'll find the top 10 list as well as the top 3 by category.

Top 10 Most Reliable Vehicles

CarMD Top 10 Most Reliable Cars

Most Reliable Vehicles by Category

Most Reliable by Category

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

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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