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Meghan Carbary has been writing professionally for nearly 20 years. A published journalist in three states, Meghan honed her skills as a feature writer and sports editor. She has now expanded her skill-set into the automotive industry as a content writer for Auto Credit Express, where she contributes to several automotive and auto finance blogs.


, - March 3, 2020

Having a reliable vehicle is important, especially when you have poor credit. Reliability is something that's often looked upon as a key feature in the automotive market, and one of the top qualities buyers look for when they're shopping for a car. But, how exactly do you judge reliability? Let's take a look.

Reliability and Affordability Matter

Vehicles are one of those big-ticket items that people can't typically afford to shop for too often. Because of this, it's important to get a reliable one that lasts. But dependability often comes at a price. So, how do you find an affordable, reliable car that meets your needs?

One thing to do is research ahead of time. Make a list of must-haves for the vehicle you need, and begin looking at makes and models that meet your needs. Remember, if you're searching for a car and have poor credit, now isn't time to finance your dream car, so remember to check out used and certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles.

A CPO car can be a great way to combine the dependability of a new vehicle with the affordability of a used car. These vehicles are typically only a few years old and are often just coming off-lease. They're refurbished before they hit the car lot, and are offered with a manufacturer-backed warranty.

Finding a Dependable Car

Many people turn to consumer reviews to see how vehicles fare with people in situations similar to theirs. This is a great way to see how a car you're considering might perform in real-world ownership. But, there's another way to find out those vehicles which might be a reliable choice: J.D. Power's U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study.

In an annual study, J.D. Power surveys original owners of three-year-old cars, and measures the number of problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) they experienced during the previous 12 months. The fewer PP100 experienced, the higher the ranking.

Overall, J.D. Power ranked the Lexus ES as the most dependable car. It grabbed one of Toyota's six segment awards, while Chevrolet nabbed five. Also making an appearance for the first time, the Nissan LEAF won the compact car segment, making it the first all-electric vehicle to win a segment award.

Let Us Help You Find a Reliable Vehicle

What this study highlights is what most people search for in a car – a vehicle that's proven to have the fewest problems, with high day-to-day reliability. But what does it all mean to you?

As a consumer, using studies such as this can be a big help when researching cars. The study groups thousands of consumer reviews into one easy-to-understand comparison. When it comes to looking for your next vehicle, this study is something you can use in addition to researching the makes and models you're interested in on sites such as CarsDirect.

Here, we put the makes and models you're looking for right at your fingertips to make finding your next car a breeze. Once you've narrowed down your search and are ready to start shopping, we can help with that, too.

If you're struggling with credit issues and don't know where to begin looking for a lender to meet your needs, CarsDirect wants to help by connecting you to a special finance dealer in your area. These dealerships work with lenders that are equipped to handle many unique credit and car buying situations.

Don’t wait any longer to go out and get the reliable vehicle you need! Fill out our easy, fast, and free auto loan request form to get started right now.

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Meghan Carbary has been writing professionally for nearly 20 years. A published journalist in three states, Meghan honed her skills as a feature writer and sports editor. She has now expanded her skill-set into the automotive industry as a content writer for Auto Credit Express, where she contributes to several automotive and auto finance blogs.


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