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Can Expert Car Reviews Be Trusted???

Before I give you my full answer, let me provide you some context…

One of my colleagues here at AutoBuying101.com shared an interesting article that got a little attention in the automotive journalist community last month.  The following article suggests how editorial critic car reviews are biased due to numerous circumstances: http://www.ajr.org/Article.asp?id=5141

AutoBuying101.com Names the 2011 Top 10 Autos For Football Tailgating

"Back To Football"...If you are a football fanatic, you know exactly what this quote means...after the offseason soap opera of the NFL Lockout, fans across the country were thrilled to see everything put to bed with the owners and players getting back to focusing on what millions of Americans love....football.  Between the upcoming professional and college seasons, for the next 5 months, millions of fans, every weekend, will load up their beloved car, truck, SUV, or hybrid and head out to a fun filled day of tailgating.  Yes, other sports may get the occasional tailgating group, but football, more than any other sport, brings out the tailgaters.  And thus, our vehicles play a critical role in our game day experience.

Nadaguides Best Cars Buys For 2011

NADAguides.com, one of leading vehicle pricing and information sites, released its list of Best Car Buys for 2011, with Honda dominating the list with 5 models while Kia, Toyota and Chevrolet had 3 models across multiple categories.

The list, which was created based on value, efficiency, consumer piece of mind, and safety ratings cover a variety of vehicle types including Vans, Wagons, Sedans, Luxury, Coupes, Sports, SUVs, Trucks, and Hybrids.

AutoBuying101.com Names the 2011 Top 10 Most Useful Tools for New Car Buyers

Every month, on average, approximately 1,000,000 consumers head out to a local dealer and purchase a new car.  As we hope you find here at AutoBuying101.com, our goal is to help simplify that process and help buyers get the best deal by navigating through all of the marketing, information, stress, and pressures that come along with finding your next new vehicle.

Industry Veteran and Expert Joni Gray Joins AutoBuying101.com Team

Throughout my own career in the automotive industry, I have been fortunate to work and gain an understanding on numerous aspects of auto shopping and buying through my work with companies related to auto finance, automotive values, dealer sales, inventory, government motor vehicle agencies, and consumer automotive resources.  To really understand the complexities of the auto buying process you need perspective from a number of different angles, and very few people have worked with different types of companies in the auto industry.

Our 2011 Auto Buying Experience Study Reveals the Best & Worst Aspects of Auto Buying

4,000,000 buyers every month.  On average, every month, approximately 1,000,000 new and 3,000,000 used autos are sold in the United States.  Americans have had a love affair with cars since the first ones were produced over 100 years ago.  They not only are essential to our everyday lives, and the efficient operation of our economy, but they are an expression of our personality, and often times just plain fun to drive.

2011 Top Safety Picks By The IIHS

Insurance Institute For Highway Safety

Their name is a little hard to remember, but if you are in the market for a new or used auto, you definitely do not want to forget who the IIHS is.  Formed over 50 years ago, the mission of the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) is to help reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage. 

AutoBuying101.com Begins Video Tips and Creates New YouTube Channel

AutoBuying101.com Now On YouTube

The entire AutoBuying101.com team is excited to announce the addition of our own videos on YouTube, where you can find us at www.youtube.com/autobuying101

Along with adding our new vides to YouTube, we will be posting them right here on the Auto Buying Insider Blog and in other areas of our site.

New Auto Buying & Selling Resource: InspectMyRide.com

If you are in the market for a used auto to buy, or if you are thinking about selling your auto, having the vehicle inspected can be a critical step to ensure a smooth and fair transaction.

So, it’s great to see a new nationwide service launch that specializes in providing an independent, reliable, inspection of a vehicle.

$4+ Gas Prices, Limited Inventory, Recovering Economy….Is Now a Good Time to Buy a New or Used Auto?

Is Now A Good Time to Buy?

According to AAA, the average national gas price today hit $4.36 a gallon.  With hard working folks still getting back on their feet after the economic impacts of the past few years this is not welcome news for anybody in the US.  The rise in gas prices can mean a direct increase in your monthly expenses, including everything from your weekly fill-up at the gas station to the cost of your groceries (which increase in price due to higher transportation costs).

Helpful Resources For Useful Dealer Reviews

One of the toughest choices you have when you are shopping around for a new or used auto, is what dealers to consider, and which too visit.   Everyone wants to buy from a trustworthy dealer, and rest assured THEY ARE OUT THERE!

As we recommend throughout AutoBuying101.com, the process starts with contacting dealers from the comfort of your home/office, using tools like we have on our site, email, and phone.

Use Of "Chat" Tools By Auto Dealers On The Rise

Earlier this week, AutoTrader.com announced how they recently selected one of the most popular auto industry "chat" providers, Contact At Once as their partner to integrate chat functionality on AutoTrader.com, so on certain vehicles you can instantly chat with the selling dealer.  You can read the full press release here >>.  What's great about this for consume

Car & Driver 10Best Cars for 2011

Car and Driver, one of the leading automotive publications dedicated to enthusiasts and auto reviews, recently announced their 10Best Cars for 2011.  The full coverage of their 10Best selections can be found in the January magazine edition and on their website, CarandDriver.com.

Kiplinger Personal Finance Announces Their 2011 Best Values

Kiplinger Personal Finance recently launched their 2011 Car Buying Guide on their website, and published their "Top Picks" recommendations in the March 2011 magazine issue available now.  Kiplinger's categorized autos in 11 categories and ranked them by price, performance, safety, roominess, and driving impressions.   You can see their full research functionality on the Kiplinger website.

Consumer Reports Announces 2011 Top 10 Picks In Primary Categories

When it comes to measuring long term reliability and value, Consumers Union (the publisher of Consumer Reports Magazine) is one of the most respected sources in the industry. So for consumers, it's always helpful to see their ratings on new autos, as you should definitely consider their Top Picks as solid recommendations.

Kelley Blue Book Announces the 2011 Best Resale Value Award Winners

As you evaluate different makes and models during your auto buying research process, one of the helpful factors involved in your decision should be the evaluation of a auto's resale value.  This can help ensure you get the most for your money, and if you ever decide to sell or trade-in your auto, that you get a good return for your next purchase.

Chevrolet Volt & Ford Explorer win 2011 North American Car and Truck of the Year

2011 Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt took top honors as the 2011 North American Car of the Year, while the 2011 Ford Explorer won the award for the 2011 North American Truck of the Year.  The awards were announced at a news conference at the North American International Auto Show held in Detroit, Michigan.   The awards are considered some of the most prestigious in the industry as the winners are chosen by a panel of 49 automotive journalists. 

The results in each category were:

2011 Car of the Year:

2011 Chevrolet Volt = 233 points

TrueCar Launches Best Local Price Tool to Help Find Good Deals

A great new tool launched today from one of the top sites for new auto pricing, TrueCar.com. As we outline in other areas of our site on auto prices , TrueCar.com specializes in developing current market based pricing reports on new vehicles showing what other buyers actually paid for their vehicle.

J.D. Power and Compete Report: Nearly 80% of Online Vehicle Buyers Visit a 3rd Party Web Site

According to a new report released by J.D.Power & Associates and Compete, Inc.: 77% of new vehicle buyers go online to do research in the 6 months prior to their purchase, and of that 77%, nearly 80% visit a third party website.

 

Chevy Volt Starts Selling at $33,500 Net Cost with Federal Tax Credit

Today, GM has announced official pricing for the new 2011 Chevy Volt vehicle. The vehicle will be priced at $41,000. In addition, the vehicle will qualify for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits, which basically takes the net cost down to $33,500. A fully loaded version of the Volt will run you $44,600 before the tax credit, $37,100 with the tax credit. Keep in mind you also will have to pay your state tax, title, and registration fees at the time of purchase.

Kelley Blue Book Launches New Tools for Private Party Sellers

The folks over at Kelley Blue Book just launched some helpful new tools to help those individuals looking to sell their vehicle.

Specifically the KBB tool includes:

- Customizable and Printable "For Sale" Window Sticker

- Digital Window Sticker with a link you can use to promote your for sale vehicle

- The KBB Private Party Value via KBB's LiveValue system

If you are a sub prime buyer looking for a GM vehicle, you may be out of luck.

Recent news came out last week that GM was looking to develop more relationships with national lenders to help facilitate auto loans for their dealers. A few years ago GM sold it's interest in GMAC, which acted as it's primary lending source to consumers for new and used GM vehicles.

 

Why You Should Take a Look at Toyota's March 2010 Incentives

With all of the problems and negative press Toyota has received over the past few months, it's easy to understand why you might have eliminated Toyota vehicles off your list. But, it's important to remember that all manufacturers have problems with their vehicles at some point in time. Although Toyota should have definitely done a better job handling and fixing the acceleration and braking issues found in some models, their vehicles are still competitive on numerous factors such as styling, gas mileage, and price.

Taking the Short Road to Your New Purchase

Sometimes, you can overcomplicate things if you take in to much information. Too much advice. Too much research. Too many websites. So, this week, we are focusing on the most critical pieces of advice associated with your new auto purchase. If you do nothing else when it comes to buying your new or used auto, make sure you do these things:

1) Review your finances and set your budget: Purchasing a new or used vehicle should be exciting and fun, but keep in mind your financial situation and target vehicles that fit your budget.

Blog Launch

Well, it took a while, but I am happy to announce the launch of the AutoBuying101.com Blog. This blog will be dedicated to helping provide consumers expert insight and information on how to leverage tools and resources to purchase the right vehicle. Stay tuned for many more updates as we track the latest news associated with the auto industry, specific vehicle types and brands, incentives, and the auto buying process.

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