Five Factors to Look Out for in a Reliable Car

April 10, 2018

Reliability is one of the biggest factors that many drivers look for when choosing a new car. If you plan to drive your car long distances to work and back each month, along with additional long and short journeys, you want a car that you can rely on to take you to every destination consistently. Looking out for these factors will help you get the most reliability for your money when buying a new car.

#1. Brand:

Before you go car shopping, do some research into which car brands tend to be more reliable than others. You can do this by visiting motoring forums, car owner websites, blogs, third-party review sites and car test drive videos on YouTube. Hyundai, Toyota, Kia and Audi are some of the most reliable car brands recommend by users.

#2. Mileage:

Secondly, it’s important to understand how many miles the car’s engine has done before buying. This is particularly important for anybody buying a used car; does the mileage correspond to the age of the car? In general, an average of around 12,000 miles per year is about average, so determine this against the age of the car. Of course, some cars have had much more use due to long commuting distances but are also more likely to encounter problems sooner. The lower mileage a car is, the better. On the other hand, it’s best to be wary of cars that appear to have done extremely little miles for their age.

#3. Bodywork Condition:

The last thing that you want is to invest in a car that’s going to start falling apart soon. Bodywork damage, particularly on older cars, can weaken the structure of the vehicle therefore making it less reliable overall. Deteriorating bodywork can also make the car less safe in the event of an accident and more likely to lose parts on the road. Another issue that you’ll need to keep a close eye out for is rust. Look under the wheel wells, behind wheel rims, on the edge of doors, around the gas cap and underneath the car for any signs of rusting.

#4. Professional Opinion:

The best way to make sure that you’re going to get a reliable car is to take a professional with you. Being accompanied by someone with professional experience in buying or repairing vehicles will help you spot any issues that tend to be unnoticeable to the untrained eye. If you can take a trained mechanic with you – they will know what to look for and will spot any potential hidden issues. This is particularly important when buying a used, second-hand car that could have had some issues in the past.

#5. Warranty:

Although it won’t make your vehicle more reliable, being covered by warranty will give you peace of mind that your car will be in good hands should anything go wrong. All new car dealers and many used vehicle dealerships will offer warranty options for all sales; this can often be included in the vehicle price.

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