Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 15, 2007
Most people find that searching for and buying a used vehicle can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn't have to be. AutoGuide.com shared the microphone on July 29th with national radio host and auto professional Bobby Likis of Bobby Likis Car Clinic Live to offer consumers savvy used car-shopping tips.
Likis' choice for where to find used cars online, AutoGuide.com is a leading-edge used cars site that provides consumers with the opportunity to search for automobiles online by Brand, Body Style and Lifestyle and ultimately "shop and compare." Other search options include by state, metropolitan area and auto dealership.
If a consumer already has an idea on the make, model, year and price of the vehicle she's looking for, AutoGuide.com's brand search is the ideal starting point. One caller knew she wanted a Toyota. With additional criteria, Badal Vyas, Product Manager of AutoGuide.com, and Likis narrowed down the search from thousands of cars, providing her with several top choices.
One male caller wasn't particularly sure about what make and model he wanted, but knew that he wanted a fairly recent used sports utility vehicle with low mileage. Likis and Vyas led the caller through AutoGuide.com's Guided Search system, which allows consumers to effortlessly narrow down from thousands of vehicles to the ideal vehicles that meet their criteria. Using parameters, such as Price, Year, Make/Model, Ratings, Hybrid, Luxury and more, consumers can drill down to find a used car that best fits their criteria. With a wide array of body styles to choose from, including passenger vehicles, SUVs, pickup trucks, vans/minivans, wagons/hatchbacks, compact cars, sports cars, convertibles or motorcycles, AutoGuide.com's Body Style search is an ideal way to begin a used car search.
Likis' favorite way to find a car on AutoGuide.com is by Lifestyle. Consumers are able to select from one of six lifestyles - Family, Active, Thrill Seeker, Commuter, Cost Conscious and Big Spender. Each of these lifestyles have unique sub-lifestyles, such as Fast and Furious, Desperate Housewife, Mid-Life Crisis and Gridlock Fighter just to name a few. Each of these sub-lifestyles allow consumers to further hone in on a used car that best suits their lifestyle.
Searching online is just one of many ways AutoGuide.com puts consumers in the driver's seat. Other things consumers should consider before signing on the dotted line include:
o Knowing their credit report. Doing so can save them from a high APR. In addition to checking their credit on AutoGuide.com, consumers can visit credit reporting companies Experian, Equifax and TrueCredit.
o Research auto reviews online. Hundreds of consumer reports, blogs and news are issued each year and can be used to guide decision-making.
o Check vehicle history. Consumers buying a used vehicle should get a history report to save themselves from any surprises later down the line.
o Calculate payments. Calculating payments before purchasing a car helps consumers budget and assess what they can afford.
o Get an insurance quote. Asking for an insurance quote ahead of time will give consumers a baseline for additional expenses moving forward.
For more information on how to find and purchase a used vehicle, visit http://www.autoguide.com.
About Auto Guide & AutoGuide.com
An integrated media business, Auto Guide and AutoGuide.com are designed to please both car buyers and dealerships alike. Auto Guide is comprised of 11 publications in 10 markets and AutoGuide.com is available nationwide.
The free, weekly, color publication for consumers features one of the most comprehensive listings of used vehicles for sale by auto dealerships available on the market today.
AutoGuide.com is leading the automotive Web industry by providing the easiest, most relevant and trusted buying experience through innovative tools and resources to help simplify the car buying process and guide consumers toward an informed buying decision.
Through hundreds of thousands of used vehicles in 10 major U.S. markets online, and the innovative new search functionality, Guided Search, AutoGuide.com makes it easier for online users to access inventory and buy a used auto that fits their lifestyle: be it a "Big Spender" or a "Thrill Seeker."
PRIMEDIA Inc. is the parent company of Consumer Source Inc., the #1 publisher and distributor of free consumer guides in the U.S. with Apartment Guide, Auto Guide, and New Home Guide, distributing free consumer publications in more than 60,000 locations through its proprietary distribution network. Consumer Source owns and operates leading Web sites, including ApartmentGuide.com, AutoGuide.com, NewHomeGuide.com and Rentals.com, America's most comprehensive Real Estate rental site with the largest collection of single-unit and vacation rental information on the Internet.