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What are journalists saying about that car?

Overall Rating: 9/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Your Best Bet!CARkeys - UK motoring and motorsport news updated daily

A good site with a searchable collection of road tests (reviews), both a new and used car buying guide, glossary, information on financing and much more. There are also entertaining features and columns, contests and much more.

There are at least 200 very thorough road tests available on both this year's models and previous year's cars. The buying guides are good, the glossary is helpful and the guides to financing and insurance are well done. The site has an overall search feature which now seems to be Boolean (a search for Toyota Prius brought up only 12 entries containing both search terms) and there is now an image search in the gallery as well.

Very little negative about this site - early deficiencies have been addressed (i.e. the 'Booleanization' of the search feature).

How to:

  • Find a review on a specific model
    Select your make from the drop down list and then select the model on the next page. Models that have been superseded by newer vehicles are marked with an asterisk.

  • Access buyer's guide
    From the main page select either the new car buying guide or used car buying guide from the links underneath the BUYING GUIDES heading (in the row of headings across the top of the page).

  • Access glossary
    It's not an extensive glossary but it does cover the basics.

  • Search the site
    Put your search terms in to the search box in the upper right hand area of the page and click on GO.

Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
CarNetGuide - The CarNet.co.uk guide to new cars in the UK

A fair effort by this site with a helpful new car guide, lots of fun and interesting features and articles, news and a gallery. Some minor things missing but overall a good try.

There is an indexed area that allows you to select your make/model combination for new car reviews. There are a variety of helpful articles on insurance, motoring law, taxes and finance and subjects of interest to the new driver (including a driving test quiz).

There is no glossary or search feature on the site nor is there a buyer's guide (the 'new car guide' is something different). The forums feature doesn't actually seem to work.

How to:

  • Find a review on a specific model
    Select your manufacturer from the list on the right hand side of the page and then the model from the list that appears on the left hand side of the page.

Overall Rating: 5/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Topcar.com - Cars for sale, Motoring news, Autosport diary, Car insurance links

Overall Rating: 4/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Classic Driver - Magazine

This is more of an enthusiast magazine rather than one slanted towards car buyers. However, if you are looking for the perfect collectible and/or classic car this is a resource you'll want to check out.

There aren't reviews as such on this site but there are 'features' where you might find more indepth information on a vehicle you're interested in. There is a search function, news and information on auctions and events.

As this isn't really a car buying research site for general car shoppers it isn't really fair to dwell too much on its deficiencies - just keep in mind that this is a site organized and compiled for the classic car owner and take from it what is useful to you.

How to:

  • Find a review on a specific model
    Go down to the bottom of the page and choose your article of interest from the drop down list that allows you to browse through the features archive.

  • Search the site
    Input your search terms in the box in the lower left hand area of the page. Note that this does not seem to be a Boolean search and doesn't offer any advanced search features like wildcards.

Overall Rating: 4/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Welcome to World Off Road

Sadly I've had to downgrade this site since although it has some great features it appears as if it is not really a site where people participate actively so the value of its forums is questionable. Still it does have one very useful feature in the Offroad Datafile (described below) and you can use the Search feature to look for specific information on the site.

The place to start if you are trying to decide if a 4x4 is the right vehicle for you is the Offroad Datafile link (left hand column). On this page you'll be able to specify a number of characteristics you are looking for in a 4x4 and have returned to you a list of manufacturer/model combinations that fit your criteria. Cool!

If you are looking for information on a specific brand or model try typing your information in the Search box in the lower left hand corner of the page.

Much of this site appears moribund. The latest posting in the forums is 2 years old and the copyright date is 5 years old. Despite this you may still find something useful here.

How to:

  • Find a review on a specific model
    Your only hope here is to put a make and model (or maybe just model name since it is probably unique to that make) in the Search box in the lower left hand corner of the main page and hope for the best.

  • Search the site
    Put your search term in the box in the bottom left hand corner of the page and hope for the best (not sure if this is a Boolean search or if quotes or wildcards will work etc - no information is given on the site).

Overall Rating: 3/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
The Car Enthusiast

This site is mostly targeted at the car enthusiast rather than the practical car shopper but you may find something of interest here in the reviews section.

The reviews section has quite a number of reviews on both this year's and earlier models. There is also a news section, archives and a gallery.

There are none of the tools that are useful to new car shoppers - glossary, buyer's guide or search function.

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