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The Car Book 2014: America' Most Comprehensive Car Buying Guide from the Center for Auto Safety Paperback – February 14, 2014
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Jack Gillis is Director of Public Affairs for the Consumer Federation of America. Previously, he spent three years with the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he was responsible for developing the government s automotive information program. An expert on consumer affairs, he spent 10 years as a contributing correspondent for NBC s Today Show. Years ago, Madison Avenue Magazine said Jack Gillis is out to change the way Americans buy their cars. And he has.
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The book gives numeral ratings to hundreds of models on the basis of safety, costs to maintain, costs to repair, warranties, fuel economy, complaints, and cost to insure. It explains the weights that it gives to each of those factors, with safety getting a little extra weight. It explains how it derives each of those factors. The page on each model includes other information, such as price range for various sub-models, the year that the car was last substantially changed, various specifications, and even where the car is manufactured.
This means that if you want to compare a few cars that you are interested it, you can do that. If you want to see the author's recommendations, look for cars with "Best Bets" ratings.
It includes articles on how safety is assessed, how to compare warranties, bumpers, insurance, leasing versus buying, etc., etc.
If I had to choose between this and Consumers Reports, I'll take Gillis, though you're best off by using both. (If you're going to spend hundreds of dollars a month for years on a car, it's not the time to save $25 and miss valuable information that could steer you from the wrong car.)