Item description for Used Car Buying Guide 2008 (Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide) by Editors of Consumer Reports...
Buying a used car is a greater risk than buying a new one, but can also be the best automotive deal around.The 2008 edition of Used Car Buying Guide will help anyone in the market get the best price -- and minimize risk -- when buying, selling, or trading in a used vehicle. As it is best to be armed with as much information as possible before stepping onto a used car lot, this book will provide everything needed including:
Unbiased reviews of every major model from 2000 -- 2007
Exclusive Reliability Ratings based on over 1 million vehicles
Lists of the best and worst used vehicles and how to avoid a lemon
A checklist of what to look for when inspecting a used car
Best used cars for gas mileage
Tips on negotiating the best price
Recalls and crash test information
Making sense of safety information
How to get the most money when trading in your current car
PLUS profiles of more than 260 cars, trucks, and SUVs, presenting all major 2000-2007 models
Each profile contains a photo from the representative year, a write-up of the vehicle, reliability history, crash-test data, and the model years when key safety gear was added and when a major redesign was made.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.71" Width: 8.27" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Release Date Jan 22, 2008
Publisher Consumer Reports
ISBN 1933524162 ISBN13 9781933524160
Reviews - What do customers think about Used Car Buying Guide 2008 (Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide)?
Don't buy a used car without it. Jul 4, 2008
This book is such a great resource for buying a used car. Especially the real world MPG and reliability ratings. I'll never start research to buy another car without it.
Clearly Communicates Used Car Information Feb 18, 2008
Buying a used car? Read the "Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide" first.
Rather than depend on the advice of semi-knowledgeable friends, a mechanic biased toward a car maker and not a specific vehicle, or by looking to see what your neighbor drives, you can depend on this.
I bought my last two cars using earlier guides.
In it, I found lists of "Good Bets," which are cars the authors consider to perform well over the years. That is guiding my purchase. I won't buy a car not listed there. I also found lists dividing reliable cars by price range, which cars have had recalls, unreliable models (by year), and detailed descriptions of the pros and cons of each vehicle.
That's not all. There are also articles on safety, buying strategies, batteries, insurance, towing, depreciation, tires and child car seats.
It is not a complicated book. It is straight to the point, with minimal car jargon. Novices like myself are not overwhelmed by information I am not concerned with.
I am interested in safety, performance, cost of repair and related information. I found all of this here. A Corolla from 2003 is not the same as one from 2002. While this is obvious, this guide helps is know why each is worth what they say.
I fully recommend "Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide." I am confident that because I have read it and will refer to it while I shop for an auto online, I am prepared to save money and to buy a better vehicle. You still need to test drive the vehicle, but this will help get you to that test.