If you're thinking of buying or selling one of these...
Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Eagle,
Ford, Geo, GMC , Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia,
Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes, Mercury, Mitsubishi,
Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Porsche, Saab, Saturn, Subaru,
Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo
...then I suggest you visit Edmunds Automobile Guide first:
Edmunds Automobile Guide - http://www.edmunds.com
Edmunds, the well-known publisher of automobile information is online
and offers a wealth of free information to car buyers and sellers.
It's been a favorite site of mine for years -- here are some the
features you'll find at the site:
New Car Prices & Reviews
In addition to vehicle prices (MSRP & dealer invoice), you'll learn
what's new for the current model year, pros and cons of the car, and
you can read Edmund's Review. Many cars have an Options Calculator so
you can figure the cost to add various options packages. You'll also
find links to several insurance companies that offer online quotes.
Edmunds has consumer comments and lists competing models so you can do
some comparison shopping. You can browse though warranty info,
insurance cost, specifications & safety features. This will really
prepare you well for that trip to the dealer!
Used Car Prices & Reviews
In addition to the trade-in and retail value of your car, you'll find
Edmunds ratings on safety, reliability, performance, comfort and
value. Also, the car's standard and optional equipment is listed,
along with features that were new for that model year.
One nice feature of this site is that they don't simply list prices
for a particular car. They show you how much to add or subtract from
the standard figure, based on the mileage and the features your car
has. This helps you determine the true market value of a car before
talking to a salesperson.
There are also links to some very helpful services on this page. You
can search the Marketplace Classifieds to find sellers offering this
car within a 50-mile radius of your zipcode, or post a free listing to
sell your car in Edmunds MarketPlace Classifieds. Or run a free
Carfax Lemon Check to learn your vehicle's history before purchasing.
You can find out if the vehicle's odometer reading is accurate, if it
was ever seriously damaged, in a flood, or returned as a lemon.
Buying and Selling Advice
Get expert advice on pricing, buying and financing your new or used
car. You'll learn everything you need to know to make an informed
purchase at the best possible price.
Learn how to sell your used car. There's help on setting a value,
placing classified ads, dealing with interested parties, answering
common questions, and effective negotiation techniques.
Loan Payments Calculator
If you're financing your purchase, find out how much that car is
REALLY going to cost you. At the bottom of the page, you'll find a
handy loan calculator. Enter the interest rate, loan amount and click
the Calculate button to see what your payments will be for various
Other Useful Car Sites
Jeff Ostroff, host of CARBUYINGTIPS.COM will teach you how much dealers
pay for cars, and how to formulate your best offer. Free guides on this
site claim to help you save $2000-$4000 off MSRP, learn how to buy new
cars & avoid scams, get the best car loans, and navigate the used car
auctions. See also the "Annual Top 10 Car Dealer Scams" at this site.
Car Buying Tips - http://www.carbuyingtips.com
AUTOBYTEL gives you access information on pricing and specifications,
safety data, manufacturer incentives and vehicle reviews to help you
make your buying decision. When you're ready to buy, you submit a
request for the car or truck you want to buy, and a rep from a nearby
AutoByTel affiliated dealership will call you within 24 hours.
CARS.COM is billed as the most comprehensive car information Web site,
providing users with comprehensive inventories of new and used
vehicles. You can use the cars.com Web site to help you find a
vehicle that is right for you by using the site's extensive tools,
such as automotive reviews, model reports, advice, dealer locator,
financing information and much more.
CARS.com - http://www.cars.com
The Kelley Blue Book site provides the legendary Blue Book values on
used cars and trucks. A few years ago, it was hard to find this info
outside of a dealer showroom. I remember once going to my bank and
asking if they had a Blue Book for customer use. The bank clerk
glanced around the building and warily agreed to let me have the book
(which was actually brown) "for a few minutes" but only if I stood
right there at the counter. Times have changed!
Kelley Blue Book - http://www.kbb.com
Car Trader is a excellent site for research and comparing new and used cars.
Here you can easily find a car in your pre-determined area. You can also sell your car
--- and the rates are LOW.
Car Trader - http://www.cartrader.com
Office of Defects Investigation:
This will tell of a cars defect investigation (if it was recalled).
You can also search to see if a service bulletin was issued for a particular vehicle.
Office of Defects Investigation> - http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/defect/
Order a CARFAX Vehicle History Report ...your best protection against
buying a used car with costly, hidden problems. CARFAX searches its
nationwide database and provides a detailed report in seconds.
CARFAX.com - http://www.carfax.com