Posts from ‘Shopping’

Mar
13

Consumer Guide Fuel Economy Champions

At Consumer Guide®, we take pride in not simply reporting the fuel-economy number provided by a given test vehicle’s trip computer–and we don’t blindly accept the EPA’s numbers. Instead, we buy our own gas and do the math.

Feb
28
Repair Bill

Does it make sense to purchase an extended warranty to cover expenses like this?

By Tim Healey

You’ve just picked out your new car. You’ve decided on the options and the color, and now you’re sitting in the finance office while the dealership’s porters prep it for delivery. The finance manager is trying to sell you things like rustproofing, VIN-number window etching, and Guaranteed Auto Protection (GAP) insurance, and now he or she has thrown another one at you: the extended warranty.

Feb
23
2017 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport

2017 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport in Dynamic Sunstone Red (an $800 option)

2017 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 AWD   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Compact Car

Miles Driven: 201

Fuel Used: 12.1 gallons

Oct
27
 Jaguar Activity Key

Are your keys too big or cumbersome to carry around? Jaguar may have the solution.

For active-lifestyle types and other folks who participate in activities where carrying a traditional key fob is a burden, Jaguar offers an intriguing new solution. Per Jaguar, its new Activity Key…

Makes living life to the fullest even easier. For extra convenience, you can wear the Activity Key if you prefer not to carry a key fob. The wristband is robust and fully waterproof. It allows you to enjoy a range of activities – from skydiving to swimming – and keep your car key with you. You can use the Activity Key while keys remain in the car as the conventional key fob is deactivated for security.

Jul
28
Collectible Automobile Magazine

Having a hard time shopping for a car guy? We’ve got five good suggestions for you.

Shopping for friends and relatives can be something of a challenge—especially if that person is old enough to have acquired a certain amount of fun/frivolous/indulgent stuff for himself or herself.

Oct
29
2015 Kia Soul

2015 Kia Soul

With a 15-year-old daughter having just completed driver’s education, I find myself in the unenviable position of shopping for a second car. That car, by the way, will spend most of its time in the service of the aforementioned daughter.

Nov
05
New-Car Dealership

Looking for a new car? Here’s how to get started.

Buying a car isn’t for the feint of heart. Even for folks who enjoy shopping, the rigors of identifying, locating, committing to, and paying for a new vehicle can take their toll. For these reasons, folks often rush through the process, unfortunately skipping steps that help put the right vehicle (at the right price) in their garage.

Aug
13
Big and Tall

Feeling pinched by your current car? You’re not alone. For some excellent new-car options, read on. (Image of enhanced-cabin Saturn Ion courtesy Consumer Guide Big & Tall)

The diet is going well, thanks for asking. But even when I hit my goal (weighing what I did when I got married), I still won’t be a slender man.

I am 6’ 1”, and at the moment weigh more than 350 pounds. The plan is for there to be at least 100 pounds less of me by this time next year. Wish me luck. Still, even at my target mass, I will be a big guy, which, I believe, qualifies me to speak on behalf of big guys everywhere.

May
08

This Chevy dealer’s website tries to be helpful, but it really isn’t.

My wife and I might be in the market for a new vehicle sometime in the not-too-distant future. While my job as an auto critic gives me unique access to the industry’s latest and greatest, I will still need to get into the proverbial trenches to research not only the product but the dealerships who sell them.

Based on my initial scouring of various Chicago-area dealership websites, I began to notice issues that made navigating these online showrooms as uncomfortable as the experience would likely be if I were to visit the brick-and-mortar location. At any moment, I felt like a guy in a zoot suit and gold tie would come up behind me and ask, “What can I do to get you into this car today?”

Fortunately, other dealerships selling the same brands of vehicles do the online thing right, providing me with plenty of tools to ensure a relaxed, yet thorough experience.

With this in mind, here are five things I believe dealerships can do to improve their virtual showrooms.

Jul
27

The ultra-high-performance Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric is a lot more tire than you’ll need on your Toyota Corolla.

If you’re like most consumers, you likely purchase tires only slightly less often than you get married or shop for a new mattress. Additionally, it’s likely that every time you do buy tires, you’re buying them for a different vehicle, meaning your needs change each time you shop.

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