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Cars with the Best Initial Quality

June 27, 2013

The new 2013 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study was released last week, with vehicles by GM, Chevrolet and Porsche ranking at the top.

This year's study was reportedly enhanced for 2013 to allow better measures for the new technologies and features offered in today's cars.

Overall, the study found overall quality for the industry averaged 113 problems per 100 vehicles, with the majority of issues stemming from problems with the driver interface, such as hands-free technology, Bluetooth pairing, and navigation systems.

Of those tested, Porsche ranked highest with an average of only 80 problems per 100 vehicles. GMC ranked second with 90 and Lexus came in third with 94. At the bottom of the pack are Scion with 161 problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat with 154 and Mitsubishi with 148.

And of the 26 model-level segment awards, Chevrolet received the most with awards for the Avalanche, Camaro, Impala, Silverado HD and Tahoe. Take a look at the rankings below.

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show 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

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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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