Imagine walking into the new car dealership with no knowledge on or insight on the vehicle you are looking for.  You have no idea what type of new vehicle you want, only that you want something different than the old jalopy that you are driving now.  The place is crawling with hungry salesmen and you have just become their next meal.  However you can avoid this terrifying scenario by arming yourself with some automobile education provided by car quote services websites. 

With our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner, Edmunds, you can catch the scoop about the new car on your wish list like interior and exterior photos, pricing, expert and consumer reviews, fuel economy, safety ratings and road tests, or watch a video of your dream car in action. Better yet, just find the perfect car to fit your budget and lifestyle with Edmunds.com.

Edmunds is a free service that has a huge and extremely detailed database of virtually all vehicle makes and models sold in the United States; that’s why many other car quote services use Edmunds.com as a resource.

Edmunds came in first in our review of car quote services because they offer all of the features that we reviewed.  These included new, used, and certified cars and trucks.  It also included reviews from both consumers and the experts.  We checked out the reports on finance aspects including financing options, leasing options, insurance information. Edmunds offers a great deal of this information.  Neither Kelley Blue Book nor Yahoo! Autos currently offers all of these great features.   That is why we recommend our Edmunds.com for your car quote services needs. 

Service Features
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Kelley Blue Book
CarsDirect
Yahoo! Autos
AOL Autos
Vehix
Autobytel
Auto Trader
MSN Autos
CarMax
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10
7.5
8.6
8.8
8.8
8.8
7.5
7.5
7.5

Find a new, used or certified used car with Edmunds’ variety of search options. Search for cars that match your lifestyle such as SUV’s, trucks, vans, wagons and hybrids or maybe you have jumped on the Go Green Bandwagon and are searching for a Green car. Search by your favorite manufacturer or by make, model, year and price.

With Edmunds you can find information on new and used pricing, fuel economy and safety ratings. When you find what you want, Edmunds will locate auto dealers and private sellers in your area. For the price of a new car or truck, get free multiple quotes from a list of auto dealers in your area; fill out the direct quote email form and dealers will get back to you with a price.

Check out Edmunds’ annual list of the best used cars to own based on reliability, safety and availability. Find out the least expensive new cars and the editors’ favorite picks.

Protect yourself, save yourself from unseen headaches down the road and don’t buy a lemon. Edmunds has a link to CARFAX, which will provide you with one search for $34.99 or up to five searches for $44.99. CARFAX reports can alert you to a listing of potential problems by reviewing the car's history.

Emunds also allows you to choose up to 5 different vehicles and will provide a comparison chart of different features, including True Market Value, True Cost to Own, Warranty information, safety ratings, features, reviews and specs. 

You can read current automotive news, featured articles, expert car reviews and join the online community on Inside Line, Edmunds’ free online magazine.

The car reviews from Inside Line include comprehensive descriptions about the interior and exterior features of a specific vehicle, details about the vehicle specifications and the overall pros and cons. You can also view numerous photos of the interior and exterior features and watch a video of the car or truck in action while a narrator describes the vehicle’s performance, improvements from the previous year and comparisons with similar vehicles.

Edmunds offers a section of car tips and advice where nothing is off limits. 

You can sell your car on Edmunds through AutoTrader with your choice of two types of advertising packages: an online classified ad or an online classified ad plus an ad printed in AutoTrader magazine. Your ad will appear on AutoTrader, Yahoo! Autos, AOL Autos, CompuServ, Netscape, Univision.com, NADA Guides and Facebook.

For online classified ads: 

  • $25.99 includes 3 photos, a detailed description and the ad runs 3 weeks.
  • $49.99 includes 9 photos, a detailed description, "Premium Listing" status, ad activity reports and the ad runs 8 weeks.
  • $69.99 includes 18 photos, a detailed description, "Premium Listing" status, ad activity reports and the ad runs until your vehicle is sold.

 If you are looking for a social media outlet to discuss your car thoughts on Edmunds offers CarSpace - 'The Car Enthusiasts Automotive Lifestyle Social Networking Site'.

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CarsDirect
Yahoo! Autos
AOL Autos
Vehix
Autobytel
Auto Trader
MSN Autos
CarMax
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10
8.8
10
8.8
10
8.8
7.5
10
7.5

Edmunds is extremely easy to use. Tabs at the top of each page identify each major section of the website, which make it easy to navigate. Each page contains a lot of helpful information and links to other parts of the site. While the pages are loaded with information they are also well organized so you can easily find specific information.

On the top left hand side of the website Edmunds also offers a directory of site information.  This is useful if you know what you are searching for, but are not sure where you might find the information.

To sell your car, AutoTrader “walks” you through the process of entering your vehicle description, details and uploading photos.

Effective Search Results
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Edmunds
Kelley Blue Book
CarsDirect
Yahoo! Autos
AOL Autos
Vehix
Autobytel
Auto Trader
MSN Autos
CarMax
10
10
8.8
10
10
8.8
7.5
10
7.5
7.5

When searching for your next vehicle, enter your zip code and Edmunds will direct you to AutoTrader to find local auto dealers and private sellers of the cars or trucks you are interested in by the make, model, year and price. Our search produced 419 vehicles found from  local auto dealers and private sellers for our test vehicle, the Honda Accord, which is the largest number of search results out of all the car quote services we reviewed.

Help/Support
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Kelley Blue Book
CarsDirect
Yahoo! Autos
AOL Autos
Vehix
Autobytel
Auto Trader
MSN Autos
CarMax
10
10
10
5
5
5
7.5
7.5
6.3
5

Edmunds has 8 pages of FAQs and they have a user forum that can be helpful with questions or problems. You can contact Edmunds by telephone or email.We emailed Edmunds and they responded with a detailed answer within a few hours.  They also offered other links for further information that was helpful.

 

Edmunds Summary:
10/10

With the extensive list of options that Edmunds offers it is an exceptional website to use when doing the research on your next vehicle purchase. They provide comprehensive information that includes pricing, expert reviews, video road tests, fuel economy and safety ratings on most cars sold in the United States. They will also find local dealers based on specific car makes, models and prices.

TopTenREVIEWS.com also offers great information on leasing a vehicle or getting an auto loan for purchasing your next vehicle.

 

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