Five Rides Least Likely to Cost You Big at the Repair Shop
In our last blog, E3 Spark Plugs brought you results of a J.D. Power & Associates study that revealed Porsche, Buick, Lexus, Toyota and GMC rides to be the most dependable on America’s roadways, as revealed by surveys of 33,560 owners of 2013 model-year vehicles. But another new study by CarMD, an Irvine, CA-based automotive software solutions provider, shows four other makers also boast highly dependable machines.
In its 2015 CarMD Vehicle Health Index, the company looked at some 192 million vehicles built between 1996 and 2015. Of top consideration were the brands most likely to have the kind of issues that kick on the dreaded check engine light, requiring repairs between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015, and the average cost to repair those problems. Here’s how the top five played out:
- Hyundai: Just 2.93 Hyundai rides had serious engine problems and the average bill at the auto repair show was $316.16.
- Toyota: Toyota’s second-place rank is a bit odd at first glance, with 12.89 percent of the rides looked at having engine problems (higher than third-ranked Honda) and the average fix costing $411.71 (higher than all but Nissan). But the brand enjoyed a boost thanks to the Corolla being deemed less likely to have any serious issues at all.
- Honda: 8.66 percent of Hondas headed to the shop during the timeframe studied, and owners shelled out an average $408.69.
- Ford: Though the percentage of Ford rides needing repair is a bit high at 18.63, but Fords tend to be easier on the wallet than others in the shop. The average repair cost totals $309.55.
- Chrysler: Chrysler rounds out the top five, with 13.41 percent needing repairs and the total bill averaging $316.76.
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