1. Buying a New Car: Introduction
  2. Buying a New Car: Signs It's Time to Buy
  3. Buying a New Car: Getting Started
  4. Buying a New Car: The 5 Best Safety Options
  5. Buying a New Car: Smart Strategies at the Dealership
  6. Buying a New Car: 5 Common Mistakes
  7. Buying a New Car: Sneaky Tricks Car Salespeople Pull
  8. Buying a New Car: Financing Your Purchase
  9. Buying a New Car: How to Spot a Great Car Deal
  10. Buying a New Car: Websites, Tools and Apps to Use
  11. Buying a New Car: How to Maintain a Car's Value
  12. Buying a New Car: Top 10 Takeaways

The Internet can be a valuable resource when shopping for a new car. There is a lot of information available in cyberspace – from new websites that help people to negotiate the best price on a vehicle and get a quote on car insurance to established organizations that provide safety ratings and reviews of all makes and models of motor vehicles. Here are some recommended websites, tools and apps to use when buying a car, truck or SUV.


A number of price comparison websites will show you what other people paid for the make and model of vehicle you’re considering buying. And among the best of the bunch, for the level of detail it provides, is TrueCar. This site enables people to custom-build a car with plenty of bells and whistles, then provides a detailed pricing report that consumers can take with them to a car dealership. The website also has a reputation for being user friendly and simple in its execution. Check out TrueCar`s mobile app, which can provide quick information on a car you see on a dealer`s lot while walking past.


If you`re someone who hates haggling – or finds negotiating with salespeople to be intimidating – you will likely find Carjojo a helpful resource. According to Carjojo`s website, for a fee of about $200, you can have one of their ``skilled professionals`` negotiate the lowest price on your behalf with a car dealer anywhere in the U.S. Carjojo claims that it collects data on all aspects of vehicles, including the length of time a car's been on a lot, how bloated that dealer’s inventory is at present, and the sales patterns at a particular dealership. It then uses this information to calculate the lowest price that the dealership will likely accept for the car you want. This may sound like an extreme approach to some people, but Carjojo founder Peter Levy claims that his website saves car buyers an average of $1,300 more than comparable car-buying websites. The website is free to access and use. You only have to pay to have a professional do the haggling for you.


Insurance is usually the last expense in the car-buying process, and one that should not be overlooked. Insurance for a new vehicle can be expensive and finding the right insurance policy can be time consuming. Insurify aims to help make the process of acquiring car insurance as smooth as possible. Essentially, the website functions like an insurance broker giving you quotes from multiple insurance companies so you can compare and pick the best one. This saves you from the time-consuming process of gathering that information from individual insurance companies and may introduce you to some insurers you wouldn't have thought to consult. Insurify delivers the quotes from  different insurers – including available discounts and incentives – to your email inbox or cell phone.  Users simply have to put in some general information about themselves, including their location.


If the reliability and durability of a car is important to you, then you'll want to consult TrueDelta. This website shows you how reliable various makes and models of vehicles are, as well as which cars get the best gas mileage. The site will even tell you what the most common problems have been with a particular car you're considering purchasing. Many people turn to this site to figure out the fuel efficiency of a car they`re considering. TrueDelta also offers a price-comparison tool that lets folks compare the value of competing makes and models – the Honda CR-V vs. the Toyota RAV4 sport utility vehicles, for example. TrueDelta claims that it currently has more than 108,000 members.

The Gold Standards: Consumer Reports, Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book

If you`ve read through this entire car-buying guide, you've likely noticed that a lot of the information has come from three trusted sources – Consumer Reports, Edmunds and  Kelley Blue Book. These three resources are among the very best when it comes to information on vehicles, trends in the automotive industry, and tips for car shopping. Nobody conducts more rigorous tests on new vehicles than Consumer Reports; Edmunds` reviews of vehicles are second to none; and Kelley Blue Book remains the industry standard when it comes to pricing both new vehicles and ones being offered for resale or trade in value. People who are in the market for a new car would be well advised to spend some time on these websites. They are a great place to get educated on all aspects of the ca- buying process.

The Bottom Line

While it is advisable to visit a car dealership in person to buy a vehicle, there are online resources available to help you find the right car, get a good deal and save on insurance premiums and other costs. Time spent on these websites will help you get a new car that you`re proud to drive and feel good about owning.  

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