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Used car markets: reliability does matter, but do Consumer Reports?

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In work previously published in Applied Economics, Pratt and Hoffer (1990) did not find a significant effect upon US domestic vehicle resale prices from differences in reliability (maintenance expense) across models. This study, however, utilizes an alternative measure of reliability differences and finds that reliability differences do impact US resale car prices in the manner expected. The finding reinforces the view that used vehicle markets are efficient. In addition, the results suggest that Consumer Reports annual evaluation of used vehicles is not new information which affects resale prices. Instead, resale prices appear to reflect the information in the Consumer Reports evaluations in advance of the announcement's release.

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  • David Yerger, 1996. "Used car markets: reliability does matter, but do Consumer Reports?," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 3(2), pages 67-70.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:3:y:1996:i:2:p:67-70
    DOI: 10.1080/135048596356708
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    1. Sylvain M. Prado, 2009. "The European used-car market at a glance: Hedonic resale price valuation in automotive leasing industry," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 29(3), pages 2086-2099.

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