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Do New Car Quality Ratings Carry Over To Used Models?

Every year the major automakers roll out a fresh new fleet of vehicles. Then the car journalists get busy testing and reporting on these new models. But does a new rating have any impact on the car’s long term quality? Let’s take a look at some of the more popular brands.

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Audi

According to Edmunds, the 2015 Audi A4, A6, and A7 all receive top honors as new vehicles. Now even though it’s impossible to predict the future, we can certainly look at the brand’s track record. For example, the 2012 Audi A4 gets a solid “B” grade which means for Audi, there is some carryover from new to used quality.

Hyundai

The Korean automaker has been consistently recognized for its quality. The Sonata is a good example. The sedan enters with a “A” rating for the new version while maintain a respectable “B” for the 2012 model.

Volkswagen

This German auto maker generally has a solid reputation for quality. Surprisingly though, a new Jetta rolls off the assembly line with a “B” rating, only to drop to a “C” for 2014. It’s not all bad news though, since the Volkswagen Tiguan SUV maintains a solid “B” grade all the way back to 2012.

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has always been about quality, and it shows. For instance, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class strides in with a top “A” rating. The 2012 model maintains this high rating confirming the German automaker’s commitment to excellence.

Toyota

This Japanese brand has always been known for solid engineering. The Toyota Camry has an “A” rating new, and the 2012 model comes in with a “B” quality rating.

Chevrolet

The Germans and Japanese aren’t the only ones who build great cars. What about the legendary Chevy Camaro? Let’s start out with a top of the line “A” rating for the new model. And guess what? The 2012 Camaro gets an “A” rating as well.

Ford

Ford presents a sort of mixed bag when it comes to quality, but each model is consistent. The Ford Focus ST retains an excellent “A” rating with new and used. The Ford Edge enters with a “C” and stays there. Meanwhile the Mustang maintains a “B” rating for both new and used models.

Porsche

What would you expect from Porsche? That’s right, the 911 gets straight “A’s” for both new and used. The Porsche Cayenne SUV also retains top ratings for its new and used versions.

Do Your Own Research

Edmunds provides an extensive quality review archive on hundreds of new and used vehicles, so you can do your own research on any make and model.

If you are buying used, consider getting the car inspected by a qualified inspector to make sure the car matches its description.

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