New Car Buying Links

This is getting a bit old now. Check the bottom of my bookmarks page for a slightly more up-to-date list of car-related links (this list was generated from that larger bookmarks file by just getting rid of all the other stuff).

Here is a quick list of links I've collected that are useful when researching (and possibly making) a new car purchase on the web. They are roughly organized by stages or steps of the process, though there is some overlap, particularly between the basic research sites and the sites that actually help you begin the purchase process (almost all of which have some kind of useful research info too).

Online shopping for cars, general tips page
Consumer Reports list of good websites for car buying
research 0: brainstorming
PersonaLogic, inc.
Active Buyer's Guide: Automobiles
2000/2001 airbag configs by manufacturer table
1999 safety features by model table
CarTalk Car-O-Scopes
research 1: free basic info
MSN CarPoint
Consumers Digest Online
The IntelliChoice CarCenter
research 2: free crash tests and safety info
NHTSA - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
IIHS-HLDI Vehicle ratings from offset crash tests (plus headrest ergs and bumper tests)
driver death rates data
injury, collision & theft losses data (from HLDI)
European New Car Assessment Programme
research 3: fee sites
Consumer Reports
research 4: magazines and green guide
Green Guide to Cars and Trucks
Car and Driver
Motor Trend
research 5: message boards Town Hall Community
BMW Message Boards
The Saab Network
purchasing / New Cars
MSN CarPoint - The Key To Your Car
CarSmart: Home Page
American Car Buying Service - car buying and leasing assistance
Used Cars, Sell Your Car, Auto Financing & Insurance - Home
SFBay area BMW dealers
Allison BMW, Mountain View
Stevens Creek BMW, Santa Clara
Peter Pan BMW, San Mateo
Claridges Ltd., Fremont
East Bay BMW, Pleasanton
BMW of San Francisco
Weatherford BMW, Berkeley
Concord BMW
Sonnen BMW, San Rafael
specific vehicles
BMW X5 - an unofficial guide to the X5
auto insurance
Insurance Online at InsWeb
QuickenInsurance - life and auto insurance quotes
Progressive Insurance Online
Nationwide Direct
Geico Direct
AAA Auto Insurance Quote Request
Prudential: Auto Insurance Quotes
MechanX Files--Introduction
Kelley Blue Book - New and Used Car Price Reports

More information about automobile safety.

Other health and safety related consumer info that I've collected.

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Karl Pfleger
December, 2000