Does a car’s model year matter when you’re shopping for a vehicle?

Obviously the year indicates the car’s age, but does it have any bearing on quality or reliability?

“Automakers often fix problems that have occurred with earlier models, so their newer models are generally better. This means you may get a better car by buying a newer model, but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes new car technology doesn’t work correctly at first, and an older version of the same model would be a better option.
You should always do your research before buying a new or old car, paying close attention to independent testing and reviews. “
Johnny Puckett
Answered on Apr 14, 2021
Johnny Puckett is a freelance writer and automotive expert. He has contributed content to a number of some of the largest online publications, aftermarket automotive manufacturers’ sites, and automotive informational sites. His experience in the automotive and information fields informs his writing at Jerry. His automotive interests bleed into his free time, where he enjoys modifying his favorite cars and woodworking.

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