Get automobile guides from Consumer Reports for free at the organizations websites. Among two of the more pertinent guides for those looking to buy a car are "How to Buy a New Car" and "How to Buy a Used Car."
"How to Buy a New Car" provides crucial information researched by Consumer Reports and is frequently updated. The guide covers the entire process of purchasing a new car, from the moment the consumer makes the decision to buy and begins to think about options until after the sale has been completed and beyond. After-sale categories in the guide cover issues related to getting the right kind of insurance and maintenance of the new car. Other issues covered by the guide include making the initial visit to the dealership, navigating trade-in procedures and avoiding pitfalls, negotiating prices, leasing options and closing the deal.
Consumers searching for good values in used cars should consult "How to Buy a Used Car." The guide covers material relating to both certified pre-owned and private sales. Among the areas covered in the guide are how to avoid purchasing a lemon, how to recognize a flood car, a sub-guide to the different kinds of certified pre-owned programs, the differences between trading and selling, and discovering a car's true value. For used cars, situations after the sale, such as choosing the right tires, are fully covered in the guide.