Infiniti One Of Motorings Best Kept Secrets Sept 10, 2018 16:07:53 GMT
Post by BigE on Sept 10, 2018 16:07:53 GMT
I've never once considered if a modern car is reliable or where it comes on an index - hell I make indexes all day long, I would not be surprised is they were build on suspect or just fabricated data as some junior data entry bod couldn't be bothered. Have any of these indexes been properly audited, probably not. Should I consider manufacturer published MPG figures when buying a car? Course not as we know they are all fabricated. I use my own intuition and my beleive that all modern cars are essentially reliable if maintained. Think back 30-40 years ago, cars were not reliable, today they all are (almost). I would never entertain walking up to a car dealer and saying "Look, I really want to buy this Masserarti but I read that Honest John said it only scored 74% and may break down after 3 years, can I have £2K off please just in case?" the response would be "f*ck off back to noddy land and only come back when you wake up".
I prefer to take each car on merit, find things that are actually wrong and use them to haggle money off, not things that could potentially go wrong.
Its not so much a Question of what could Potentially go Wrong in the Future , its more a question of spotting what has gone wrong already . Financial Indexes are one thing but Automotive Data is quite another , it would be Financial Suicide for an Organisation such as JD Power to say that second hand Land Rovers have reliability Issues without having the Data to back that up via Warranty Claims or whatever .
Read the small print, it will simply say something to the effect of "Reliability scores are calculated by the average of replies submitted by respondents", that simple absolves JD power from any blame. They are simply a market research company at the end of the day. If they only have 3 people reply about RR Sports for example and they all said they had a blown brake light bulb in the first 3 years. It can be argued that these cars have an inherent fault based on the data, or maybe, it's Lucus or whoever supplied the bulbs who had a problem. I'm just saying these things are open to interpenetration and are simply developed to give people who have no technical knowledge about cars an easy to understand metric. Right or wrong.