How to Shop for a New Vehicle

How to Shop for a New Vehicle

How to Research Cars Online
Shopping for a new car was a completely different experience before the internet came along. It used to be that you would rely on recommendations from friends or maybe check the papers to do some research on price. Usually, a trip to several dealerships was required to do a real side by side comparison. Those days are gone now. The internet has made it possible for consumers to read reviews from experts and from people across the world from the comfort of their own home. You can even research individual dealerships to see which is the friendliest and offers the best service. However, so much information can be a bit overwhelming. Follow these tips on how to research cars online.

Manufacturer Websites

The first place to look is at the source. Head to the websites of the vehicles you are considering to find the most up-to-date, accurate information on the automobiles and their specs. On these sites, you’ll find information on available options, what comes standard and price. You may even be able to make an appointment with dealers in your area or secure financing. These websites are highly commercialized. Be careful not to let the flashy photos and ad copy guide your decisions.

Independent Sites

Independent automotive websites offer a more objective view on various types and brands of automobiles. You can search for the kinds of options you prefer and narrow your list down easily. These sites are great for those in the market for used vehicles, too. You’ll also likely find information and additional resources such as Toyota Rav4 incentives, rebates, cost according to geographic region and independent customer reviews.

Search Engines

Searches engines like Google are a good place to research when you’ve narrowed down your search to a few favorite makes and models. A quick search of the terms you’re interested in will yield you several forums or message boards of enthusiasts who know all about that specific vehicle. This kind of first-hand information can help you to finalize your decision.

Follow this advice on how to research cars online, and you’re sure to find just the information you need to make an informed decision. Car buying doesn’t have to complicated.


  1. Renee Smith says:

    Wish I could’ve read this post a couple months ago. We just bought a new vehicle. I found it completely frustrating trying to research anything online. We ended up going to several dealers, test driving, and then deciding.

  2. While we are not in the market for a new vehicle at this point, these tips are good to know for the future. Thanks.

  3. This just really amazes me. It is so nice to be able to do so much research on the internet. It sure saves alot of time running. Thank you for sharing

  4. The internet really can be a useful tool when it comes to car shopping. You can go in with some info, not just the word of the seller.

  5. Sherry Martindale says:

    Fabulous tips for researching online!!! I’ve tried before with no luck, but I think I would be successful with your tips. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Thanks so much for the information on How to Shop for a New Vehicle! Terrific tips for researching online! We were, at one time, thinking about getting another car, however, now that hubby has been sick (having his 2nd surgery in 5 months) and not working his part-time job again, money is too tight. We gave up looking for now. However, I do love all the tips you’ve shared with us! I will use them the next time we start looking again! Thanks again, Michele 🙂

  7. Joanne Gregory says:

    We are not currently in the market for a new car but this is useful information for when we are ready. We tend to drive our cars until they are about to fall into the ground.

  8. laura rubenstein says:

    Thanks for the great tips! Buying a new car is complicated

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