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CARFAX predicts vehicle reliability and repair costs

Full-size SUVs have the highest likelihood for repairs at 25 percent with an average estimated cost of $330

Centreville, Va.—Consumers with full-size SUVs are more likely to need repairs within the next 12 months than any other vehicle segment, according to new data from CARFAX. The findings come from the CARFAX Reliability and Repair predictions feature that just launched on carfax.com.

Full-size SUVs have have the highest likelihood for repairs at 25 percent with an average estimated cost of $330. Additional findings from the CARFAX Reliability and Repair predictions indicate that midsize pickups are the least likely to need repairs within a year and and full-size cars have the lowest average repair cost.

BodystyleAvg. % Likelihood
Mid-size Pickups11.1%
Small Cars12.8%
Small SUVs14.0%
Mid-size Cars15.1%
Full-size Cars15.4%
Full-size Pickups18.0%
Luxury Cars18.4%
Sports Cars20.1%
Luxury SUVs20.2%
Minivans20.3%
Full-size SUVs24.6%

* Data findings for 2015 – 2019 model years

Instead of relying on surveys, CARFAX bases its predictions on the analysis of more than 27 billion vehicle history records in its database. CARFAX has Reliablity and Repair Costs data for most vehicles manufactured since 2010.

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