Weve all been through it and, from what Ive heard, auto dealers dont 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 thats readily acceptable to both sides.
Here are several data-packed Web sites to get you started:
Here youll find information on new and used car buying, pricing, financing, credit, title checks, warranties and auto insurance.
Auto Channel Car Reviews
This Web page offers reviews for a variety of vehicle makes and models from 1993 to the present.
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.
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.
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 Dont Want You to Know, and What Auto Mechanics Dont Want You to Know.
Green Guide to Cars and Trucks
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
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 Buyers Guide
This site features a vehicle performance database, buying and leasing tips and negotiation strategies.