Toyota named Australia's most trusted car brand

Anybody looking to cut down on fleet maintenance costs might be interested in the results of the latest Reader's Digest poll into Australia's most trusted brands.

The survey of 2,468 Australians, conducted during January 2012, saw Toyota labelled as the most trusted car brand in the country, with Holden and BMW also being highly commended. 

"Over more than half a century, Toyota has worked hard to deliver Australian customers with top-quality vehicles that are reliable, long-lasting and fuel-efficient - at prices that represent great value for money," said Toyota Australia executive director of sales and marketing Matthew Callachor in a press release issued July 31.

"Toyota is also proud to support local jobs and the economy by building the Camry, Camry Hybrid and V6 Aurion right here in Australia."

Some of the attributes listed by respondents which made Toyota so trustable included reliability, a strong reputation and low maintenance costs. 

It's an unfortunate fact of life that vehicles break down, but understanding which brands and models are more dependable than others is a good way of minimising eventual repair expenses down the line.

Another good option is to recruit fleet services which can organise discounts of up to 30 per cent on parts and labour, while also streamlining the entire maintenance process.

Other brands which ranked highly on the Reader's Digest Most Trusted Brand poll include Cadbury, Bunning's Warehouse and Sony, which took out the TV and home entertainment category.