Cars Most Likely to Have Paint Problems
These cars, SUVs, and trucks that stand out in Consumer Reports' surveys have frequent issues with bubbles, peeling, and flaking
Automotive paint science has come a long way. There are durable, attractive finishes that can stand up to harsh sunlight, foul weather, and dirty birds. Resilient clear coats preserve a shine for many years with just periodic car washes and seasonal waxing. But there are some models that develop a larger share of paint problems, including bubbles, peeling, and flaking, that detract from the car’s appearance, risk corrosion, and require expensive repairs.
In scrutinizing our car reliability data, we identified 10 models in the past decade that have had more paint problems than you might expect.
Often paint issues are isolated to a single model year, underscoring the importance of doing research when shopping for a used car. Knowing what problems to look for can inform inspections and may steer you to consider other models or model years.
“Paint problems are sometimes associated with the first year for a new or redesigned car,” says Steven Elek, senior automotive data analyst at Consumer Reports. “This underscores our standing advice to approach a vehicle’s first model year with caution.”