In car-dependent Los Angeles, reliability is extremely important to the many Angelenos who rack up many miles on a daily basis. If your current chariot is crimping your budget with repair costs and you are considering trading it in on a new one, be sure to check out a Hyundai. The automaker’s stable ranges from sporty compacts to luxury vehicles. On December 3, Hyundai Motor America announced that it had been awarded the “Most Reliable Manufacturer” in the 2013 CarMD Vehicle Health Index Manufacturer & Vehicle Reliability Ranking. This year’s Index is based on more than 151,000 specific repairs performed on model year 2003 to 2013 vehicles from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013. The annual rating recognizes manufacturers and vehicles with the lowest combined “check engine” repair incidents and costs. It ranks the top 10 manufacturers, top 100 vehicles overall, top vehicles by category, and the most common repairs by make. For the past two years, Hyundai placed second behind Toyota; however, this year, Hyundai garnered the blue ribbon.
“The 2013 CarMD Vehicle Health Index Manufacturer and Vehicle Reliability Ranking looked at data that applies to more than 119 million vehicles, so to earn this ranking is no small feat,” explained Leon C. Chen, the CEO of CarMD.com Corporation. He added, “We commend Hyundai for its commitment to quality and to its efforts to minimize vehicle operating costs.”
Hyundai received a 2013 Index rating of 0.80; the average repair cost was $312.67, which marks the lowest Index rating of all parent manufactures studied and the second lowest overall repair cost. The Index is determined by the manufacturers whose vehicles had the fewest percentage of CarMD repair incidents combined with the lowest cost per repair, per number of registered vehicles on the road. “Hyundai strives to provide our customers with a worry-free car ownership experience by offering a lineup of vehicles that deliver on both quality and reliability, backed by the most competitive protection program in the business,” noted Erwin Raphael, director, Engineering and Quality, Hyundai Motor America. He added, “Earning the first place title in CarMD’s Vehicle Health Index Report proves that our recipe for combining high value vehicles with long-term vehicle protection is a success.”
Hyundai’s recognition for vehicle reliability is enhanced by its Assurance program, which offers vehicle owners a comprehensive collection of car care and protection services including a five-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000 powertrain limited warranty. For a nominal additional fee, the warranty can be extended to 10 years. In addition, Hyundai’s Assurance Connected Care offers Blue Link equipped models with free automatic collision notification, SOS emergency assistance, enhanced roadside assistance, monthly vehicle diagnostics reports, and maintenance alerts. Thus, the Hyundai owner will have a vehicle in which repairs are not only less frequent but also covered by the excellent warranty.
CarMD.com Corporation, based in Irvine, California, has a focus of empowering consumers and the vehicle market by providing the tools and information needed to make better-educated decisions about their vehicles’ health and maintenance. Its CarMD Vehicle Health System is a consumer system that helps drivers monitor vehicle health and minimize related repair costs. The company notes that it has put together the largest, most up-to-date database of diagnostic trouble codes. It is the only Index to offer a ranking of automotive manufacturers and vehicles with the lowest combined “check engine”-related repair incidents and costs.
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