When looking to buy a new car, the first thing you should do is to look in the Kelly blue book. Using Kelly`s blue book will help you determine how much you should pay for a used car. The automotive blue book covers everything there is about used cars and pricing.
It tells you by make, model, year and condition, exactly what you should pay for just about any vehicle that you could possibly even run across! It is a veritable goldmine of pricing information. There are, however, a few things that the Kelly automotive blue book is not really any good for. It is lousy, or even worthless for finding point by point reports of how well cars keep their utility. Sure, you can get some idea of what car might be worth buying by seeing which keeps its worth, and which does not do that at all, but that does not really tell the whole story.
This is why I am such a big fan of the consumer reports guide to cars. Although it is not as good a guide to how much to pay as is the automotive blue book, it does have a lot of advantages that the latter does not. It will tell you almost everything about used cars. It will show you expected life, the expenses of maintaining them, and point by point, which systems of the car are likely to need to be repaired or replaced, and which are not. There is really no more valuable source in the world for trying to figure out which car to get as your next one than the consumer reports guide. It is almost without parallel, if you are to ask me.
Of course, neither the consumer reports guide nor the automotive blue book really are enough. The automotive blue book will tell you how much to pay, and the consumer reports guide will tell you about what you should look for, but there is no substitute for getting the car checked out by a qualified mechanic. If you choose not to take this important step and check the car you are at risk of being get ripped off instead of getting a car that will last you for as long as you need it to. Getting ripped off stinks so do yourself a favor and get the car checked out.