Car Shopping Criteria: Reliable Vehicles at Brown Motors


Ford Oval at Brown Motors Petoskey, MI Jeep at Brown Motors Petoskey, MI

Shoppers prioritize different things when looking for that special vehicle. Your top criteria may be fuel economy, reliability, performance, or  ’fits my lifestyle’. Brown Motors offers a wide selection of Ford, Lincoln, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles to satisfy all your transportation needs.

In our last blog, Car Shopping Criteria: Fuel Economy at Brown Motors, we talked about some of the fuel efficient vehicles available at Brown Motors. Vehicle reliability is also a deciding factor for many people. Let’s take a look!

This is one area where you don’t want to go by grandpa’s experience over the years! According to David Sargent of J.D. Power, there are several brands that have performed very well in dependability during the past several years but still face challenges with customer perceptions of their reliability. Ford Motor Company makes very dependable vehicles! And Chrysler Group is improving their vehicles with every model year!

The average age of vehicles on the road today is 10.5 years. So, for the most part vehicles are all more reliable than they used to be! There are still some that are more reliable than others. JD Powers just released a study on vehicle dependability. The study measured problems experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of three-year-old (2009 model year) vehicles. Ford Motor Company received three model awards for the Ford Explorer, Ford Fusion, and Lincoln MKZ (plus an honorable mention for Ford Mustang). In the Consumer Reports new car reliability study (Oct 2011) Jeep moved up seven spots to become the most reliable domestic brand. Let’s remember that high resale value equates with reliability and Ford’s F-Series trucks were just awarded the 2012 Best Resale Value Awards: Full-Size Pickup Truck by Kelly Blue Book.

Brown Motors knows first hand how much better the Ford and Chrysler vehicles are made. Come into Brown Motors and talk to our service team about the huge improvements in reliability for Ford, Lincoln and Chrysler group vehicles over the past 10 years! Rick Kline, Brown Motors’ service manager, does point out that the owner needs to do their part to ensure the best performance of their vehicle. You should follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and bring your vehicle to Brown Motors for vehicle maintenance by Factory trained technicians using OEM parts.

Brown Motors can help you with all your transportation needs. Come visit today and we will help you choose the vehicle that satisfies your shopping criteria.

Brown Motors Ford Lincoln Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Petoskey, MI


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