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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 the Facts

www.consumerguide.com

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

www.autoweb.com

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

www.kbb.com

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

www.crashtest.com

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

www.edmunds.com

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.

 

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