Step 1: Check National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Information
To create our list of car years to avoid, we start our process by referring to the information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Here, we access comprehensive details about vehicle recalls, filtering data to understand specific issues related to exact model years.
Step 2: Integration of Real Drivers’ Experiences
We then integrate factual and experiential information gathered from real drivers with firsthand experiences with specific models. These experiences are categorized and analyzed, focusing on years that are reported to have the most consistent problems.
Step 3: Prioritization and Filtering of Models
By prioritizing models with the most recurring issues reported by actual users, we ensure the relevance and practicality of our list.
Step 4: Validation through Official Brand Pages and Vehicle History Data
We only add models with regular issues to make our list as trustworthy as possible. We leave out those with one-time or rare problems. This way, we make sure our list shows only the widely known troublesome models and years. Next, we check official brand pages and vehicle history data and keep models with well-known and recorded problems on our list.
Step 5: Consultation with Experienced Mechanics
Finally, we also talk to experienced mechanics to get more insights into specific car problems, adding more value to our list with their expert advice and detailed observations. This ensures our list is detailed, right, and based on real-world car knowledge.
Through this methodical and multifaceted approach, we strive to produce a list of car years to avoid that is thorough, reliable, and valuable to our readers, aiding them in making informed vehicle purchasing decisions.