Buy a Car the Web Way
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Whether it's luxury, performance, economy, or reliability you crave, new cars bring you the latest advancements in automotive technology. As a new owner you're bringing home a machine that's untouched and distinctly yours. In this section we'll show you the best places to read car reviews, compare makes and models, check prices, and buy the latest models on the market.
- Unlike real-world dealerships, very few sites on the Web specialize in only new or used cars. Because of this overlap, you can expect to find used car listings in many of the sites listed below. Those sites with quality information resources for new cars and extensive used car listings will be repeated in this section and the "How do I buy a used car?" section of this guide.
- Car buying sites generally offer extensive research resources in addition to their car listings.
- When buying a new car, you'll have to do it through a dealer. And although this means you'll most likely need to make a trip on your own, you can take the first step online by using the following sites to do your homework. Not only do these sites have complete reviews of all new models, including technical specifications, expert opinions, and safety information, you can also use them to get a free price quote from your local dealer. If you're serious about buying, use these sites to put yourself into a position to negotiate a price that works for you.
- Manufacturers' sites generally have interesting features and information and, although it's all promotional in nature, it's worth visiting before making any purchases. Use Automotive-Links.com (the last of our Picks in this section) to find the official Web pages of the carmakers you're interested in.
- When you encounter "buyer's guides" online, scrutinize them for author biases. It's not unlikely that a dealership or car company with a buyer's guide has tweaked it to sway readers toward certain products.
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