Buying a First Model Year


I'm anxiously awaiting my new car to hit the showroom floor and dealer lots. That's right - the car I've decided on hasn't even made it to the public yet. It's a make that I love and I've been researching ever since the first rumors made it my way. I'm excited, and the anticipation is crazy right now.

But when I mention my plans to others, some are skeptical, and some are downright horrified.

NEVER buy a car in the first model year!

There are people who swear by this rule - saying that a car's problems can't possibly be ironed out until the second or third model year.

It's not the craziest thought. There's a lot of unknown.

However, in today's world, automakers spend thousands and thousands of hours on and off the road testing models over millions of miles. They're tested at 12,000 feet elevation. They're tested at temperatures over 100 degrees in the desert and well below 0. Test drivers are trying to push the car to the limits and even attempt to break them, simulating any problems owners may experience. This is why it takes so long for that rumored new car to actually come to market. It's unlikely that anything major will suddenly crop up. I've done my research, and the data says that first year models actually rank near the top of their segments for three year dependability.

Of course, when you buy a first year model, you may miss out on little improvements that crop up in the second or third year models. A new feature might be added, or little aesthetic or comfort features might be updated.

When it's a make you love and a model you're excited for, there's no reason not to go for it!



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