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Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide Paperback – January 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0975538869 ISBN-10: 0975538861
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The auto experts at Consumer Reports have almost 70 years of experience in driving, testing, and reporting on cars. Their work is based on the testing and expertise of the Consumer Reports Auto Test Division, located in East Haddam, Connecticut, which evaluates autos both on the test track and on public roads.
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Product Details

  • Series: Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Consumer Reports (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975538861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975538869
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,508,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com VINE VOICE on January 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
Buying a used car? I just did. Buy the "Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide" first.

Rather than depend on the advice of semi-knowledgeable friends, a mechanic biased toward a car maker and not a specific vehicle, or by looking to see what your neighbor drives, you can depend on this.

I bought my last car using an earlier guide and bought my 'new' 2003 Corolla LE using this current edition.

In it, I found lists of "Good Bets," which are cars the authors consider to perform well over the years. That is guiding my purchase. I won't buy a car not listed there. I also found lists dividing reliable cars by price range, which cars have had recalls, unreliable models (by year), and detailed descriptions of the pros and cons of each vehicle.

That's not all. There are also articles on safety, buying strategies, batteries, insurance, towing, depreciation, tires and child car seats.

It is not a complicated book. It is straight to the point, with minimal car jargon. Novices like myself are not overwhelmed by information I am not concerned with.

I am interested in safety, performance, cost of repair and related information. I found all of this here.

I fully recommend "Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide." I am confident that because I have read it and will refer to it while I shop for an auto online, I am prepared to save money and to buy a better vehicle.

Anthony Trendl

editor, HungarianBookstore.com
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com VINE VOICE on January 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Buying a used car? Buy the "Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide" first.

Rather than depend on the advice of semi-knowledgeable friends, a mechanic biased toward a car maker and not a specific vehicle, or by looking to see what your neighbor drives, you can depend on this.

I bought my last two cars using earlier guides.

In it, I found lists of "Good Bets," which are cars the authors consider to perform well over the years. That is guiding my purchase. I won't buy a car not listed there. I also found lists dividing reliable cars by price range, which cars have had recalls, unreliable models (by year), and detailed descriptions of the pros and cons of each vehicle.

That's not all. There are also articles on safety, buying strategies, batteries, insurance, towing, depreciation, tires and child car seats.

It is not a complicated book. It is straight to the point, with minimal car jargon. Novices like myself are not overwhelmed by information I am not concerned with.

I am interested in safety, performance, cost of repair and related information. I found all of this here.

I fully recommend "Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide." I am confident that because I have read it and will refer to it while I shop for an auto online, I am prepared to save money and to buy a better vehicle.

Anthony Trendl
editor, HungarianBookstore.com
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Deketelaere on June 4, 2006
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My quest for a recent Mercedes SL 350 shifted into an higher gear when I came upon this link and decided to buy this book. It's brimful of tips 'n tricks on buying strategies. When visiting several candidates I was able to identify 1. a (possible) leak in the rubber ring of the cilinderhead 2. a simple slipping clutch on the first two candidates (it was a tiptronic)

Anyway, this book will lighten up your step in the dark when buying 2nd hand cars.
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The only thing this book doesn't have that we wished it did was an estimate of miles-per-gallon for each vehicle model.

Other than that, it's a great investment. Really helped us narrow down our search, and by using all the website resources it lists to the fullest, we paid less than we anticipated for our new-to-us car. Gave us great bargaining power and resources to find the car we wanted.
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An excellent source for repair records and expected trouble spots for most used cars on the market. Only regret is the infrequency of Consumer Reports updates. Had to order the 2007 issue though we are approaching the end of 2009. Highly recommended for anyone buying a used vehicle.

As far as Amazon's involvement, I received the book promptly in perfect condition. As always a pleasant purchase.
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By Adam Wood on December 31, 2007
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As long as you aren't trying to buy an obscure make or model car, this will be a very helpful tool in picking out your new (to you) car. It was very helpful for me in deciding to shop for Honda Accords.

As a spoiler, I will go ahead and tell you the gist of the reviews - something we all already knew - your best bet is to buy a Honda or a Toyota (or any of its variants). Happy hunting!
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By fretter on January 12, 2013
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I wanted to buy a used car.. I wanted what I think was an unbiased review of the car and the prices...This book did all of that.. I eventually discarded it. Wish now that i had kept it... I recommend it for the car enthusiasts as this is probably not of much use for the current used car buyer
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By HOPPERS TOYS on November 9, 2009
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The Consumer reports gives Invaluable info to the person looking to purchase a used car.It allows for a clear decision on whats best for your driving needs!
In depth Safety and Reliability charts show you what you can expect from the model that you wish to buy.
Great Tool!
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