Try Using the World Wide Web to Help Simplify Your
Next Car-Shopping Experience
by Laura Emery, Field Editor
Whether you’re looking to buy a new or used vehicle, the
World Wide Web is a great tool to use on a car quest. If you are purchasing
a new vehicle, you can research the kind of car you want, the specific
options you need, the price of the car and the price of the additional
options. After you’ve done your homework, you can walk into a dealership
armed with loads of valuable information.
Get a history report on a specific vehicle — everything
you need to know about the car, including if it was ever salvaged, stolen or
recalled, the number of previous owners, if it ever failed inspection, or if
someone tried to create a fraudulent odometer reading.
A Little Bit of Everything
At this website you can get new-car price quotes,
reviews, used-car quotes and reviews, search certified cars, compare
programs, and view the Kelley Blue Book.
Kelley Blue Book
If you’re searching for used-car pricing information,
you’ll want to use the most trusted source in the car business: Kelley Blue
Book. The Blue Book is the vehicle-information resource used by consumers
and the automobile industry to establish price guidelines. Since 1926, new-
and used-car buyers and sellers have relied upon Kelley Blue Book for
authoritative and unbiased information to make well-informed car, truck and
SUV buying decisions. Kelley Blue Book reports used-car values for a variety
of buying and selling transactions: trading in your automobile to a dealer;
buying a used car from a dealer; buying a used car from a private party; and
selling your used car to a private party. Blue Book used-car values are
determined by taking into consideration the equipment and options on the
automobile, the vehicle’s mileage, the condition of the automobile and the
area where the car has been driven.
Safety, Safety, Safety
This website is loaded with an abundance of valuable
information. You can view the Highway Loss Data Institute’s
deadliest-vehicle ratings, safety statistics, run a free lemon check before
you buy, read about self-inspection procedures, how to evaluate and
road-test any vehicle, safety ratings, an overview of the buying process,
where to go and not to go for vehicle maintenance, financing options,
negotiating tricks and techniques, what to look for when choosing a dealer,
and get an overview of various car insurance options.
Everything at Edmonds
This is where you can get prices,
reviews, and information on new and used cars.
Edmunds.com educates and engages visitors by
providing them with straightforward, helpful information on key aspects of
buying, selling, and owning a vehicle. Users are provided automobile-pricing
data, extensive automobile reviews, consumer information, safety updates,
incentive and rebate news, tips and advice, expert analysis of developments
in the automotive world, and the Town Hall, an interactive community of more
than 500,000 active members.
There is also a women’s car guide, which includes
information on negotiating 101, car lot lingo, family safety, consumer
reports, bargain hunting, and the driving woman blog.