Long term quality index
Whether you are looking to buy a family vehicle or a supercar, something you should keep in mind is reliability and quality. Car Quality index is an attempt to provide objective and factual analysis. Important thing to keep in mind is that there is no one complete, fully perfect method of estimating the quality of a vehicle, which is not the goal of this index, but rather to compare quality and reliability of two vehicles. Data of car quality index relies on the number and type of vehicles in use to provide a general sense of what a specific vehicle model will behave like. Reliability of the data also depends on the sample size of vehicles: more vehicles of the same type provide more accurate data, and vice versa. Quality index rating goes from 0 to a 100, while vehicles with 70+ score are proven to be more reliable. Factors that affect this rating are usually powertrain issues and mileage. Main focus is on big mechanical components, while indexing doesn’t include information about air conditioning or any of the fancy components that don’t actually influence the mechanical quality of the car.
All this data is usually gathered from car trade-ins and official technical exam authorized mechanics. What you want to do in this case is disregard the owners opinion about car’s condition, or the one an agent in a dealership gives you, while focusing on pure facts given by an expert/mechanic, or an independent dealership that doesn’t market specific brands. Always let the professionals figure it out. Also, another important thing to note is: you get what you give. Certainly, there are cases where someone hits a jack pot by paying a small amount of money for a great car deal, and there are cases where people paid a small fortune and lived to regret it. But in most cases money spent equals quality/reliability received. Also, newer and up-and-coming brands tend to focus on attracting new customers by creating products of equal quality as competitors, but selling them for a slightly less amount of money. Some people take the legacy approach, putting trust in the legacy a certain company has created over the decades of experience and they put their trust into that.
Whatever approach you take, make sure you trust the facts over your feelings, and disregard what anyone but an expert is telling you.