Thinking about buying a car? There's no limit to the amount of information you can get online or in your local newspaper about models, option packages, and prices. And cars are a lot more sophisticated than they used to be, with the new technology for electric-gas hybrids and clean diesel vehicles, and with the fully electric car on the near horizon.
But some things never change. You want a car, minivan, SUV, pickup or crossover that meets your performance needs and budget; is safe and reliable; and will hold its value for years to come. Where do you find the car of your dreams? On the internet? At a local dealer? Through private sale? And what about leasing vs. owning? What consumer protection do you have if the vehicle has been misrepresented?
Zack Spencer, automotive journalist and host of the popular show Driving Television, will be your guide through your car-buying experience. For each model you'll find specifications, quality and dependability scores, safety features, and pricing, as well as Zack's "Top Picks" in each category. He shares purchasing strategies and lessons learned from people's adventures in car buying, some with happy endings and others not-so-happy.
Zack has personally road-tested almost every model in the book-some on public roads and some on the track-to give you the lowdown on handling characteristics and performance.
Go prepared when you buy your car. Don't get stuck with a lemon. Take Motormouth-written by Canada's #1 car expert-along for the ride.
1: Choices abound???How to find the best vehicle for you.
The modern car.
Subcompacts and compacts.
Wagons, crossovers and SUVs.
The market trends.
2: Vroooom vrooom.
What powers your vehicle?
The return of the electric car.
The future of fuel cells.
Part Two: Consider This....
3: Going green and saving money: Myth and reality.
The hybrid: the green option?
Some truths about fuel economy.
Car sharing: a growing popular option to owning.
Think about how much time you're on the road.
4: Buying a safe vehicle.
The vehicle's design and technology are major factors.
5: Cool runnings.
Keyless entry and start.
Heated and cooled seats.
Of sound and satellites.
6: Now I'm comfy.
Controls and convenience features
Part Three: Cost, Value and Doing Your Homework.
7: Buying versus leasing.
Benefits of buying.
Benefits of leasing.
How leasing works.
How the Canadian dollar affects car prices.
Beware of additional charges.
The new reality.
8: Making your short list.
What type of vehicle are you looking for?
Safety and comfort features.
Growing consumer awareness.
Part Four: Shopping Around.
9: How to get the most for your current vehicle.
How much is my car worth?
Trade or sell privately?
From the dealer's perspective.
Other factors that affect prices of used vehicles.
Opportunity knocks for older cars.
10: When is the best time to buy?
What it costs to borrow when buying or leasing.
Time to shop around.
11: Making contact.
The antidote to "dealer phobia".
The business is about cars???and people.
12: Why buy Canadian?
Buyer beware always.
Part Five: Finishing Touches.
13: Road tests.
Interior "fit" and finish.
Really drive the car on a test drive.
14: Doing the deal.
Negotiation strategies and the "$500 walk".
You are in charge.
Part SIX: Ratings.
How to Read the Reviews.
Standard safety features.
Average fuel consumption.
Initial quality score.
Premium Subcompact Cars.
Premium Compact Cars.
Compact Crossover/Tall Wagons.
Premium Compact SUV/Crossover.
Premium Mid-Size Cars.
Premium Mid-Size SUV/Crossover.
Premium Full-Size Cars.
Premium Full-Size SUV/Crossover.
Convertible and Coupe Category.
Convertibles Under $35,000.
Convertibles Over $55,000.
Coupes Under $35,000.
Coupes Over $55,000.
Published: 16th December 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Australia