A listing of the web’s best buying a car sites
An easy-to-use listing of the best buying a car resources on the web and what they offer.
When buying a car, the internet is perhaps the best place to get all of your information. But what are the best websites out there and what do they really offer? Here’s a listing of the best buying a car sites and how they can save you time and trouble on your next car-buying adventure.
Edmunds, which started as a print publication, was the first automotive research site to branch out onto web. Some believe Edmunds.com to be the premier online resource for automotive information and the site has received many awards and performed well on customer satisfaction surveys. Some users say Edmunds.com’s search tools and vehicle comparison functions are superior. Also known for its “True Market Value” pricing, Edmunds has up-to-date market valuations for both new and used vehicles. The site also provides weekly data and content to AOL, CNN, Automotive News and even Wall Street analysts.
CarsDirect.com has one of the best comparison engines around, giving consumers the ability to compare used cars and new cars at the same time. The search engine is very detailed so you even look up a new or used car with options such as side air bags and in-dash CD changer. The site was recently selected by top automotive enthusiast publication, AutoWeek, as a new car pricing content channel. Via CarsDirect.com, AutoWeek also delivers some of the best insider and up-to-date car information. CarsDirect also features many related products and services such as loan and leas financing, aftermarket products and extended warranties.
Cars.com partners with more than 200 of the nation’s metropolitan newspapers as well as television stations to offer new and used cars to buy and sell. The site lists more than 1.5 million vehicles from more than 10,000 dealers, classified advertisers and private parties. There’s also advice, pricing, photo galleries, buying guides, side-by-side comparison tools and original editorial content. Cars.com was recently selected by Forbes.com as a “Best of the Web” site for car shopping.
Consumer Reports is considered the “holy grail” of car reviews because this not-for-profit institution asks for no freebies or advertising. They just buy the cars and then try them out just like your average consumer. However, they also provide a rigorous rating system, road tests, honest reviews. Although this is a subscription-based service, some of the best content is free like its “top picks” of the year, “best cars under $25,000” and many informative guides and much-needed buying a car advice. Plus, Consumer Reports provides scientific-like ratings, reviews, pricing and comparisons.
If you don’t want to pay a subscription to Consumer Reports or find the magazine, MSN’s Auto coverage gives you a paragraph or two directly from Consumer Reports regarding all new makes and models. There’s also a brief history about the car and a quick review on the current model as well as prices, features, same-class comparisons, safety and reliability records and other reviews. For used cars, you can even get links to cars-for-sale listings, reliability ratings, a free CARFAX record check, certified pre-owned information, side-by-side comparisons and lots of car-buying advice.
Kelley Blue Book
Go check the “Kelley blue book” was once the mantra for anyone selling or buying a used car. Today, Kelly Blue Book is now Kbb.com and it’s all done via the web at this one-stop shop for determining the value of your car or of a car you are interested in buying. Kbb.com is now one of the top-rated web site for pricing information on new and used vehicles.