Buying a car easily ranks as the most enjoyable shopping experience
for many people. Men tend to look for powerful engines, exterior
styling, and mechanical features, while women tend to focus more
on the safety, comfort, and color aspects of an automobile.
But whatever your preference, today's auto manufacturers offer makes
and models designed for every segment of the car buying market.
And they strive to maintain market share by offering an array of pricing
and financing incentives. CarBuying.us features a directory of
selected car buying information resources that are relevant to new car
buyers and used car buyers alike. We hope you enjoy browsing our
website and visiting us from time to time!
When buying a new car,
research the specifications and consumer ratings
for different makes and models. You may find it worthwhile
subscribing to Consumer Reports and checking out their overall
ratings and reliability predictions. Next, consider leasing
rather than buying if you expect to keep your vehicle in good shape
and plan to trade it in after two or three years. Third, determine
the approximate price with the options you want and investigate financing
alternatives. Fourth, find the make and model you are considering
and take some test drives. Fifth, negotiate the price of the new car deal
and, separately, the price of your trade-in vehicle (if any). You
may be able to get a better price for your trade by selling it privately,
but many people prefer the convenience of simply selling to a dealer.
Buying a Used Car
A new car depreciates steeply during the first months after purchase
by its original owner. Therefore, a well maintained used car
may be a good value if it has low mileage and good consumer ratings.
Used Cars are available
from private owners, used car dealers, and
new car dealers. A private owner may offer the lowest price,
but usually will not offer a used car warranty. A used car dealer
typically offers a step up in price and after-the sale service, while
a new car dealer may offer more costly manufacturer-certified used cars
with extended warranties. In any case, it is important to research
make and model ratings and to learn about a car's maintenance history
and condition before buying it.
Find car research and pricing information for all new car
and used car makes and models. This car buying guide has been highly
rated by several reputable media firms such as Forbes, Time, and Auto
Dealer Monthly. www.CarsDirect.com
AutoCheck.com, the online presence of Experian Automotive,
provides information solutions to motor vehicle manufacturers, dealers,
finance and insurance companies, and consumers. Its National Vehicle
Database contains title and registration data — including vehicle
identification number, title and transfer, registration and renewal,
specifications, brand, and contact information — for more than
500 million vehicles in the USA and Canada. www.AutoCheck.com
Vehicle and equipment information resource features safety
problems & issues, testing results, regulations & standards,
and research & development topics. Learn how to buy a safer
car and read information about brakes, crash tests, tire quality, and
federal vehicle requirements. www.NHTSA.DOT.gov
Independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational
organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries,
and property damage — from crashes on the nation's highways.
Browse their vehicle ratings. www.IIHS.org