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Should You Get a Car in its First Model Year?

There have been many exciting all-new car options for 2020 but drivers are still pretty divided on whether or not you should actually buy a car in its first model year. Some shoppers won’t even consider purchasing a car in its first model year or even a newly redesigned one. Other enthusiasts have completely thrown this idea out of the window. If you’re straddling the fence between these two opinions, here’s what you should consider as you’re shopping for a brand new car. 

The reliability factor

Going for an all-new car is especially appealing because well, everything is brand new. There’s an additional sense of excitement and exclusivity with a completely brand new car. But at the same time, going for a newly designed car is kind of scary. 

Many car buyers lean on dependability and reliability ratings before making a decision. However, there obviously isn’t much data available to determine how reliable a brand-new car might be. There’s no information about potential trouble spots or any other quirks. If the mysterious nature of a brand new car concerns you, it’s probably not the best idea for you to buy one.

Why people prefer to buy a brand-new model

Brand-new cars and newly redesigned ones are either a big hit or just a miss. But venturing into the unknown here is worth it for many because of the opportunity to have the most cutting-edge technology. The good news is now is that new cars have never been better. 

Car suppliers complete extensive hours of research before releasing a new model. Third-party testers also help to recognize potential trouble areas over time. Plus, engineering and production are far more efficient now than it was even just 15 years ago. 

Some additional assurance 

In today’s extremely competitive car market carmakers don’t have much room for error. Comprehensive warranties, as well as complimentary maintenance offerings, have made the car industry even more cutthroat. This is all to say that there are a lot of factors on your side when buying a new model.

Carmakers are more laser-focused on providing consumers with high-quality options overall. But to ease your mind, we recommend that you do as much research as you can on your potential new car. This includes reviewing the carmaker’s reliability factors in general as well as comparing your potential new car to existing models.

It’s also important to note that carmakers can fix many bugs relatively quickly. Take the 2018 Tesla Model 3 for example. Many owners of the 2018 Tesla Model 3 reported to Consumer Reports that they experienced a wide variety of issues including paint defects and loose trim. The following year, CR mentioned that the 2019 Model 3 didn’t have nearly as many issues based on previous reports.

What else you should consider

CR suggests that drivers who are concerned about the lack of data on a newly designed car should consider opting for a car toward the end of its redesigned life. CR says that cars tend to be most reliable at the end of the product lifestyle because many of the kinks have been ironed out. But if you really want to buy an all-new model, you should really go for it.