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9:50am EDT July 22, 2002

We’ve all been through it and, from what I’ve heard, auto dealers don’t like price haggling any more than we do. Now, with reliable pricing information easily accessible to anyone with a computer and Internet hook-up, potential car buyers can enter their dealership of choice more informed and better prepared to negotiate a deal that’s readily acceptable to both sides.

Here are several data-packed Web sites to get you started:

One-Stop Auto

www.1stopauto.com

Here you’ll find information on new and used car buying, pricing, financing, credit, title checks, warranties and auto insurance.

Auto Channel Car Reviews

www.theautochannel.com/content/vehicles/new/reviews/index.html?

This Web page offers reviews for a variety of vehicle makes and models from 1993 to the present.

Auto Pricing

http://autopricing.autoworld.com

Look here for free information on cars, dealer invoice pricing and actual market values. This site also includes tips on financing, insurance, warranties, roadside assistance and auto theft prevention.

Car Prices

www.carprices.com

This page is a pricing guide for new and used vehicles from 1985 to the present. It also includes detailed reviews of new cars, information about insurance and warranties, and an area for consumer comments.

Car Info

www.carinfo.com

Check out this site for information by consumer advocate and auto expert Mark Eskeldson about buying, leasing and repairing cars and trucks. Eskeldson is the author of, “What Car Dealers Don’t Want You to Know,” and “What Auto Mechanics Don’t Want You to Know.”

Green Guide to Cars and Trucks

http://aceee.org/greenercars

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy hosts this site, which includes excerpts from its 115-page book that ranks cars and trucks according to environmental friendliness. The book, which can be ordered through the site, helps buyers compare vehicles by environmental impact, including air pollution, contribution to global warming and fuel efficiency.

Kelley Blue Book

www.kbb.com

Find the “official” Blue Book values on used cars, trucks and vans here, as well as new car pricing, including invoice and manufacturer suggested retail price.

Motor Trend Buyer’s Guide

www.motortrend.com/bl/bl_f.html

This site features a vehicle performance database, buying and leasing tips and negotiation strategies.