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Learn How to Make the Most Out of Car Comparisons
4 June

Learn How to Make the Most Out of Car Comparisons

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Car comparisons can be quite worthwhile, and many people depend upon them to help direct them towards the car that they will ultimately purchase. Everyone wants to find the car that is right for his or her needs and lifestyle. Let's look at what you need to do to get the most out of car comparisons so that you can be behind the wheel as soon as possible.

Tip One-Take Notes

When you are comparing two or more different cars, either during online research on in person at a car dealership, take some basic notes. If you don't take basic notes on key points, you may possibly become confused.

There are car comparison sites available that will quickly let you see the basics of various cars side by side. For example, Cars.com http://www.cars.com/go/compare/index.jsp allows you to compare up to 4 cars. You can find a similar tool at Autonet Canada http://www.autonet.ca/comparenewvehicles.

Quite note: Have you ever wondered what the difference is between US car sites and Canadian ones? There are some variations on the regulations of the two countries.

Canadian cars must have the following:

  • Labels that are bilingual
  • Listings in kilometers instead of miles
  • Block heaters and rear window defrosters
  • Bumpers that are more stringent
  • Most cars in Canada also have standard all-season tires
  • Prices in Canadian dollars
  • Cars sold in Quebec have French owner's manuals

Tip Two-Take a Test Drive

Test drives are extremely important. If you truly want to compare two cars against one another, the only sensible way of doing so is to get behind the wheel of both cars! It is only after you've done so that all the other aspects of the cars will be truly relevant to you. Up until that point the "numbers" are really just theoretic. This is why you shouldn't spend too much time on the Internet researching cars.

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Tip Three-Ask the Experts

Car dealerships have experts who know cars inside and out, as a result, they can tell you how two different cars, "stack up" against one another. In order for them to help you, however, it is necessary that they understand what you want out of a car and what you will be using it for on a daily basis.

Tip Four-Don't Get Lost in the Numbers

As we have already touched on in this article it is quite important that you don't fixate on the numbers of how cars perform, especially until you have taken a test drive. The saying that "numbers don't lie" doesn't really apply to driving a car. How you feel behind the wheel of one car versus another is something that you just can't discern from the numbers, no matter how accurate they may be. For this reason, you shouldn't depend too heavily on numbers when selecting your future car.

Four Ways You Can Get More Out of Car Comparisons

  1. Take Notes
  2. Take a Test Drive
  3. Ask the Experts
  4. Don't Get Lost in the Numbers

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