Date:         Wed, 30 Jun 1999 11:26:36 -0400
Sender:       The Internet TourBus - A virtual tour of cyberspace
From:         Bob Rankin 
Subject:      TOURBUS - 29 June 1999 - Car Buying / Tourbus Poll
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           TODAY'S TOURBUS TOPIC: Car Buying / Tourbus Poll
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If you're thinking of buying or selling one of these...
Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Eagle,
Ford, Geo, GMC , Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia,
Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes, Mercury, Mitsubishi,
Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Porsche, Saab, Saturn, Subaru,
Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo
...then you need to go here:
  Edmunds Automobile Guide - 
Edmunds, the well-known publisher of automobile information is online
and offers a wealth of free information to car buyers and sellers.
Here are some the features you'll find at the site:
New Car Prices & Reviews
In addition to vehicle prices (MSRP & dealer invoice), you'll learn
what's new for the current model year, pros and cons of the car, and
you can read Edmund's Review.
They also list competing models so you can do some comparison
shopping, warranty info, insurance cost, specifications & safety
features.  This will certainly prepare you well for that trip to the
Used Car Prices & Reviews
In addition to the trade-in and retail value of your car, you'll find
Edmunds ratings on safety, reliability, performance, comfort and
Also, the car's standard and optional equipment is listed, along with
features that were new for that model year.
One nice feature of this site is that they don't simply list prices
for a particular car.  They show you how much to add or subtract from
the standard figure, based on the mileage and the features your car
has.  This helps you determine the true market value of a car before
talking to a salesperson.
There are also links to two helpful services on this page.  The first
is PRICE AUTO OUTLET ( which is a place
to find wholesale vehicles offered direct to the public.  The second
one is CARFINANCE.COM, which can help you find auto financing at rates
well below the national averages.
Edmund's Town Hall
Is that hot looking car reliable?  Hear from people who already own it
in the Town Hall conversation area.
Selling Advice
Learn how to sell your old car.  There's help on setting a value,
placing classified ads, dealing with interested parties, answering
common questions, and effective negotiation techniques.
Buying Advice
Get expert advice on pricing, buying and financing your new or used
car.  You'll learn everything you need to know to make an informed
purchase at the best possible price.
Carfax Vehicle History Quick Check Report
Learn your vehicle's history before purchasing.  You can run a free
check to learn if the vehicle's odometer reading is accurate, if it
was ever seriously damaged, in a flood, or returned as a lemon.
Loan Payments Calculator
If you're financing your purchase, find out how much that car is
REALLY going to cost you.  At the bottom of the page, you'll find a
handy loan calculator.  Enter the interest rate, loan amount and click
the Calculate button to see what your payments will be for various
Other Useful Car Sites
AUTOBYTEL gives you access information on pricing and specifications,
safety data, manufacturer incentives and vehicle reviews to help you
make your buying decision.  When you're ready to buy, you submit a
request for the car or truck you want to buy, and a rep from a nearby
AutoByTel affiliated dealership will call you within 24 hours.
CARS.COM is billed as the most comprehensive car information Web site,
providing users with comprehensive inventories of new and used
vehicles.  You can use the Web site to help you find a
vehicle that is right for you by using the site's extensive tools,
such as automotive reviews, model reports, advice, dealer locator,
financing information and much more. - 
CAR TALK is both a radio show and a newspaper column featuring "Click
and Clack" - two auto mechanics from Boston.  Click and Clack answer
car-related questions from their audience, often in a humorous manner.
Someone once referred to Patrick and myself as "the Click and Clack of
the Internet", but actually Click and Clack are the Click and Clack of
the Internet, since they have taken their popular show online.  You
can find them at - 
That's all for now - see you next time!  --Bob
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