Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide

January 1, 2014 - Comment

These days, there are many advantages to buying a used car over a new car. Unfortunately, purchasing a used car may pose a greater risk to the consumer. A used car in its nature will most likely need more repairs, lack newer safety measures, and may come with a short warranty or none at all.

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These days, there are many advantages to buying a used car over a new car. Unfortunately, purchasing a used car may pose a greater risk to the consumer. A used car in its nature will most likely need more repairs, lack newer safety measures, and may come with a short warranty or none at all. That is why it is so important for consumers to do extensive research so they can avoid all of the pitfalls of the used car market category.
The auto experts at “Consumer Reports” have done the work for you and have compiled their extensive research and report their findings into the 2006 edition of “Used Car Buying Guide.” This fabulous tool will help steer any consumer who is in the market for a used car towards the better-performing and more reliable used car models and away from those models with a troubled past or substandard performance. Before consumers set foot on a used car lot, they should read all the valuable information provided in this book so they can be armed with as much information as possible and the knowledge to make an educated choice. “Consumer Reports” knows cars and offers the most detailed and revealing used car reliability information available anywhere including:
- Reviews of every major model from 1998 – 2005 – 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 – Tips on negotiating the best price Reliability and crash test information – Making sense of safety information
The majority of this book is devoted to the profiles of 256 cars and trucks, presenting all major 1998-2005 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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A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com "What should ... says:

Clearly Communicates Used Car Information Buying a used car? I just did. Buy 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 car using an earlier guide and bought my ‘new’ 2003 Corolla LE using this current edition.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…

M. Deketelaere says:

Need to know basics My quest for a recent Mercedes SL 350 shifted into an higher gear when I came upon this link and decided to buy this book. It’s brimful of tips ‘n tricks on buying strategies. When visiting several candidates I was able to identify 1. a (possible) leak in the rubber ring of the cilinderhead 2. a simple slipping clutch on the first two candidates (it was a tiptronic)Anyway, this book will lighten up your step in the dark when buying 2nd hand cars.

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