Car To Buy Announces Top Performer Award for 2012 Car and Truck Models

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Car To Buy has developed it Top Performer Award criteria to help shoppers compare vehicles using 7 important factors.

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Buyers can take the headache out of auto purchases by comparing all the similar vehicles that are available using Car To Buy Top Performer Awards.

Car To Buy, the new internet auto review site, has developed the Car To Buy Top Performer Award for vehicles based on seven weighted criteria. Automobiles, trucks, and SUVs are broken into categories based on the manufacturer's definition for the vehicle. These categories judge all of the vehicles in that category against each other with points being awarded for each criteria. Shoppers can see all of the vehicles in that category ranked according to the total number of points awarded.

If a person is shopping for a family sedan, for instance, they can access the Car to Buy Top Performer list of all the family sedans that are being sold for the 2012 manufacturing year. Rather than trying to research and evaluate vehicles from multiple sources, Car to Buy has brought together the important factors that usually factor into a car buyers purchase decision.

Besides listing the name of the manufacturer, model and price range, the Top Performer Award notes whether it is recommended by services that test the vehicle. Consumers often rely on companies that test most of the new car models and file a comprehensive report of the pros and cons, specs, and customer satisfaction, Car To Buy publisher, Mark Baldwin, felt this hands on approach could be an important aspect of the car buying decision for most people.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the IIHS, evaluates vehicle safety, according to their website, by using "human and economic losses resulting from the ownership and operation of different types of vehicles and by publishing insurance loss results by vehicle make and model." IIHS Top Safety Picks are awarded points by Car To Buy for car models that offer consumers an added measure of reassurance that the vehicle they choose will convey both the drivers and passengers safely to their destination.

Other factors in the Car To Buy Top Performer Award are the depreciation value of the vehicle which indicates perceived value to buyers, quality ratings, sales volume, and internet popularity. Quality ratings indicate the reliability of the automobile as well as the quality of the interior and exterior fittings and finishes. Internet popularity is gauged from the number of internet searches, which indicate buyers interest in each model.

This revolutionary approach to an aggregated evaluation system allows buyers to see how the vehicle they are interested in stacks up against its most direct competition. Since there are more than 300 vehicle models in each manufacturing year, it can be difficult for shoppers to identify which automobiles offer the value they are looking for. How can one person know that the Fusion, Sonata, Jetta, Civic and Optima all offer fuel efficient models? Often the manufacturer with the highest advertising budget and most innovative commercials and ads are thought to be offering the best overall vehicle in that category. The Car To Buy Top Performer Award offers a non-biased evaluation of each type of vehicle based on a broad spectrum of factors, and gives shoppers a new way to shop for cars.

In addition to the Top Performer Awards, Car To Buy also offers evaluations of each vehicle model for the year, complete with downloadable manufacturers brochures. each auto description gives a succinct listing of the models variations, options, and the benefits and minuses of the vehicle. Anyone who is shopping for a new vehicle will find this comparative approach to the auto buying decision helpful.

Car To Buy Top Performer Awards can be found at

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