Vehicle Dependability Study

The cars we’re driving are trending less dependable, a change from the way things had been going for the past several decades, according to J.D. Power and Associates in their annual Vehicle Dependability Study.

The survey looks at owners of three year old vehicles. The owners reported six percent more troubles than owners the previous years. J.D. Power says this is the first time quality has declined since they began the survey in 1998.

“The great majority of this came from an increase in transmission and engine problems,” says David Sargent, Vice President of J.D. Power and Associates.

The survey gathered more than forty one thousand original owners of three year old cars.


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