Comparing prices and vehicles online
AOL Autos: A well-respected online car research site, AOL Autos offers car buyers all the data they need, including car history reports, manufacturer incentives, and Kelly Blue Blook trade-in values. This site also has one of the better car comparison tools to help you decide between models, although data accuracy can be spotty when comparing vehicle options.
Edmunds: The site offers shoppers several tools to research vehicles, including their “True Cost to Own” analysis. A wide range of articles helps educate buyers on the latest technologies and general car ownerships. The site also has an iPhone app that you can use while shopping for a car to research prices on the go.
eBay Motors: The auction site is growing its Motors department and has become a popular place for people to buy new and used vehicles. Like Edmunds, It also has an iPhone app to help buyers while they’re shopping around town.
Kelley Blue Book: One-stop online shop to help you find trade-in values, research new vehicles, and find financing.
PriceQuotes: When you’re ready to get a quote on a new car, PriceQuote will submit your request to several dealerships with Internet departments, or you can apply to each dealership individually.
TrueCar: Lets you know how much other shoppers paid for their vehicle and how much room there is for negotiation with dealers.
Consumer Reports: One of the stalwart automotive reviewing sites in the industry, CR provides unbiased reviews on vehicles, many of which include video. In addition to data and review, CR lets you know what percentage of car buyers would choose the vehicle again.
Buying clubs: In addition to sending out requests for quotes to dealerships, consumers should inquire about car-buying programs through buying clubs that may have negotiated lower prices, such as Costco, AAA, or even your insurance company.