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From:         Bob Rankin 
Subject:      TOURBUS - 11 Jan 01 - Car Buying Tips
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           TODAY'S TOURBUS TOPIC: Car Buying
Howdy all!  Patrick is in Orlando, allegedly on official business but
I bet he's schmoozing with Mickey as I write this in cold upstate New
York.  It's a new year, are you thinking about buying a new car?
Whether you're buying or selling, new or used, today's TOURBUS will
point you to the websites you MUST visit before your trip to see the
man in the polyester suit.
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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 I suggest you visit Edmunds Automobile Guide first:
   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.
It's been a favorite site of mine for years -- 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.  Many cars have an Options Calculator so
you can figure the cost to add various options packages.  You'll also
find links to several insurance companies that offer online quotes.
Edmunds has consumer comments and lists competing models so you can do
some comparison shopping.  You can browse though warranty info,
insurance cost, specifications & safety features.  This will really
prepare you well for that trip to the dealer!
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
value. 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 some very helpful services on this page.  You
can search the Marketplace Classifieds to find sellers offering this
car within a 50-mile radius of your zipcode, or post a free listing to
sell your car in Edmunds MarketPlace Classifieds.  Or run a free
Carfax Lemon Check to learn your vehicle's history before purchasing.
You can find out if the vehicle's odometer reading is accurate, if it
was ever seriously damaged, in a flood, or returned as a lemon.
Edmund's Town Hall
Is that hot looking car reliable?  Can a PT Cruiser outrun a Yugo?
Get answers from people who already own it in the Town Hall
conversation area.
Buying and Selling 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.
Learn how to sell your used car.  There's help on setting a value,
placing classified ads, dealing with interested parties, answering
common questions, and effective negotiation techniques.
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. - 
The Kelley Blue Book site provides the legendary Blue Book values on
used cars and trucks.  A few years ago, it was hard to find this info
outside of a dealer showroom.  I remember once going to my bank and
asking if they had a Blue Book for customer use.  The bank clerk
glanced around the building and warily agreed to let me have the book
(which was actually brown) "for a few minutes" but only if I stood
right there at the counter. Times have changed!
   Kelley Blue Book - 
That's all for now - see you next time!  --Bob
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