Online Resources for Car Buying


By: Jon Henshaw, M.A.

Car buying can often be discouraging and disappointing. Most car buyers feel they arenít well informed, and many times feel ripped off. Fortunately, there are several resources on the Internet that can help you make educated and informed decisions when looking to purchase a new or used car.

Tips

One of the best places to begin the journey of car buying is to find sound advice about how car salesmen sell their cars.

http://www.carbuyingtips.com/

http://www.carclicks.com/

Value

The actual worth of a car can be a difficult thing for any consumer to determine. This is especially true when looking to buy used cars. Luckily, you can easily find new and used car values through visiting the web sites below.

http://www.kbb.com/

http://www.nadaguides.com/

Test Drive

Interested in comprehensive reports about new cars? Check out USA Todayís Test Drive Reviews

http://www.usatoday.com/money/columns/healey/index.htm

Safety

Just about any car salesman is going to tell you that the car you want to buy is safe. Find out for yourself from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration web site.

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/testing/ncap/

and from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute web site.

http://www.hwysafety.org/vehicle_ratings/ratings.htm

Insurance

InsWeb is a free service that lets you compare insurance quotes from leading insurance companies to find the best rates available.

http://www.insweb.com/

Insure.com helps consumers investigate insurance companies based on criteria such as quality of service and geographical location.

http://www.insure.com/

Losses from property damage, medical and legal costs, and lost income add up to billions of dollars annually for automobile mishaps. Automobile insurance plays an important role in protecting consumers from serious financial losses that can result from such accidents. Be sure to take a look at the Better Business Bureauís ďThe Basics of Auto InsuranceĒ web site.

http://www.bbb.org/library/autoins.asp

Financing

Lending Tree is the only online loan marketplace where lenders compete for your business and you choose the car loan thatís right for you.

http://www.lendingtree.com/

Financing for new and used vehicles and a whole lot more. giggo.com feels they are the consumerís advocate when it comes to purchasing a car. Itís their mission to serve you, not just with financing, but with information and advice throughout the car buying process.

http://www.giggo.com/


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