Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide

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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:
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Overview

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 - 2007Exclusive Reliability Ratings based on over 1 million vehiclesLists of the best and worst used vehicles and how to avoid a lemon A checklist of what to look for when inspecting a used carBest used cars for gas mileageTips on negotiating the best priceRecalls and crash test informationMaking sense of safety informationHow to get the most money when trading in your current carPLUS 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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Consumer Reports is located in Yonkers, NY and for more than 70 years has tested and reported on products of every form, size and shape, including consumer electronics, autos, appliances, baby products, and health and financial services. Consumer Reports is trusted for its expert unbiased testing and reporting, and for the fact that it does not take advertising and is beholden to no commercial interest.

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Table of Contents

Consumer Reports' Auto Resources 5
Chapter 1 The Used-Car Marketplace
Why buying used makes sense 7
Where to shop for a used car 9
Finding golden oldies online 11
Chapter 2 Reliability & Repair Issues
Finding a reliable used car 13
The best and worst used cars 14
Reliable used cars 15
Used cars to avoid 16
Recalls and service bulletins 17
Chapter 3 Safety & Insurance
Getting there safely 19
Special issues concerning SUVs 22
Child-safety seats 24
Getting a grip: The traction debate 26
Preparing for roadside emergencies 28
Shopping for auto insurance 29
Chapter 4 How to Buy or Sell a Car
Ask the right questions 33
Inspecting the car 34
Finding a qualified mechanic 40
Used-car checklist 41
How to negotiate 41
Determining the right price 42
Selling a used car 43
Sample bill of sale 45
Chapter 5 Caring for Your Car
Protecting your investment 46
Alarm systems 48
Auto polishes 51
Batteries 52
Bike carriers 53
Brakes 56
Motor oil 58
Tires 60
Windshield wipers 63
The Profiles
Behind the tests 66
Guide to the profiles 67
Vehicle finder 68
Used cars, 1993-2000 71
Reference section
Ratings of auto equipment 201
Recalls 212
Guide to makes 240
Guide to types 243
Glossary 245
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2009

    CR's Used Card Buying Guide a must have!

    This book was a definite help as we prepared to buy a used car. Consistently noted details and info I might not have considered otherwise. Crash test ratings a definite factor in purchase choice. I liked the specific factors rated on each auto, and the fact that all available years for each auto were included in the comparisons. We returned to this volume repeatedly prior to our purchase and loan it to friends who are also in the market for a used car.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2001

    EXCELLENT BOOK......A MUST BUY

    I highly recommend this book. It is extremely informative and is packed full of usuful ways to get the used car you want at extremely fair and reasonable prices. If your in the market for a used car, do yourself a favor and pick up this book.

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