Friday, June 30, 2017

Don't Entirely Trust the Car Dealer? Go to Cars.com Before You Purchase!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.



When it's time to buy a new (or used!) car, you want to have your facts straight. Once you've narrowed it down to the few choices you like and might want to test drive (or perhaps you can use it as a tool to be able to narrow it down), head on over to Cars.com and access their written and video reviews to get the good, bad and in-between from people who have actually driven them.




Utilizing this tool not only helps save time, but it also can provide you with information that is important to you that you might not have thought of ahead of time. Don't trust the car salesman entirely? Believe me, I understand, and while I know they make their living by selling, which I totally get, that also can mean they have their own best interest at heart (making a sale) over yours (getting the best price for a car you will love). Prime example, when I got my new car, I was 'puppy-dogged' by the salesman as one of my grown sons told me, and given a car to drive home for the night that looked like the one I wanted, but really was the next upgraded version of it, and a lot more expensive. Though that same son went in with me and got me the real car I wanted, for a much better price than I would have gotten it for sure, I wish just the same that I had researched the two versions of the car on Cars.com before purchasing, and maybe even a different, similar car or two as well.

Why do I say that? Well, for starters I wanted to get the most 'bare bones' version of the car that I could, thinking in terms of money, of course. One thing I opted for was manual windows (I didn't even know they made them anymore!). I thought, 'meh, no big deal, so I have to roll my window up and down myself. It'll be worth it in the long run.' Okay, after owning the car for a bit now, I've found that paying extra for the power windows might have been a better choice. Florida gets hot, and I neglected to take into consideration that if I wanted to roll down the windows while driving, that reaching the passenger side in the front would be difficult while moving, and reaching the rear windows, would be impossible. That leaves one window I can control while driving. Not convenient. And so I run the air constantly while in the car. Not something I always want to do, but it is what it is, and it's definitely better than roasting (which you would do if only one window was open).


On a video review of Cars.com it's highly likely that would have been discussed or that during the review itself, it would have dawned on me. I am a visual learner, and seeing things happening on the screen give me more aha moments than just reading or thinking about one avenue of a purchase (in my case, bottom line price). Don't get me wrong, I love my car and am grateful to have it, I just wish I'd have done a bit more research on what would be a more perfect fit for us, before I'd signed on that dotted line.

The Jetta can't match the Civic's ample front cabin storage, offering a just-adequate device tray and a small center console bin. -Cars.com

That's just one small example of how Cars.com can be of assistance to you. In addition to the Videos & Review feature, you also get genuine (not at all sugar-coated) reviews of the cars you might be interested in buying. For example, when researching the Volkswagon Jetta it compares it in some areas to a similar type of vehicle, the Honda Civic. That's a gem to me, because when I know the type of car I want, understanding the differences between the ones I like is a big deal when it comes to investing time to test drive, and ultimately make a purchase. Cars.com reviews the big things (like engine and performance) all the way down to the smaller but still important things, like console space.

Future Vehicle Goal. I love this truck!
This is a great feature too, because it may introduce to you a similar car or truck you had not yet considered but could end up loving. For me, the reviews on the  F-150 (a beauty of a truck in its own right) led to me reading reviews on the Nissan Titan. I wouldn't have thought to read the latter if not perusing Cars.com. Now I know that the Titan has a lot of features I really do love, and have put it as a direct contender to the Ford I was originally researching. The improvements made with the latest model are intriguing to say the least.


PLUS there are pictures galore!!! I know when I'm looking online before going to the dealer, that the more pictures I can see of the vehicle, both of the interior and exterior, the better. The Kia Sorento is a good looking SUV, but the photos showing the cargo size leave me a bit weary. We like to travel and we need space for our suitcases, and whatever else it is we might be bringing along. Not to mention we need room for people. The Ford Explorer with it's extra seating and ample storage space in the back looks like it might be a better choice for us.


If you're looking to buy, or will be soon, or you'd simply like to see what's being said about the make and model of car you're driving, Cars.com is the place to go. I've never seen a more comprehensive, completely unbiased site. It's now tagged in my favorites and will be my go-to site I'm sure, for may years to come.


Ready to learn more? Head on over to the website and take a peek for yourself. You can also follow them on Facebook, G+Twitter and/or YouTube. You can also search social media with the hastag: #CarsCom

26 comments:

  1. Cars.com is the best! We're currently looking for another car, and we've been doing all our research on that site.

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  2. I'm on cars.com all the time. It's the best source for pretty much anything you need to know about any car.

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  3. I luckily have a brother who is a mechanic who has helped with our vehicle purchases. I totally do not completely trust car dealers.

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  4. Wow Cars.com is the place I will be checking out when we are in market for new rig. We need a second rig, right now running on just one vehicle with family of five kinda stinks.

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  5. That website sounds like a great tool. My husband's in love with the Challenger he bought earlier this year, so it's unlikely that we're ever going to be in the market for another car, but ya never can tell.

    The bright red '99 Grand Am that I drove up until earlier this year had manual window controls, too. It was hilarious when I took my gal pal out to lunch... she couldn't figure out how to make her window go down. :)

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  6. It's always good to do a lot of research on a purchase as major as a car.

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  7. I didn't know about the options on Cars.com. I will definitely have to look at it before my next car purchase.

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  8. haha haven't seen one with roll down windows in a while. Oh, I know all the tricks, just finished writing a post on a few at my zoo. I can say, never trust a car salesmen. Unless the salesmen is me, I enjoy screwing with the higher ups while I search for another job lol

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  9. Being able to read through real reviews definitely helps me make confident decisions. I'll have to start browsing this site when I'm looking to get a new car.

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  10. I have never used Cars. com! It sounds like a great way to help with your car shopping.

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  11. We've had some shady experiences with car salespeople too and I am always leery about buying a new car. I will definitely keep cars.com in mind when it's time to make a new car purchase again.

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  12. I really like cars.com. They have awesome car buying tips and articles on car companies. I had the same problem when I drove a car in high school with manual windows ha ha. I guess you really have to think everything through before buying a car.

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  13. When we were looking at cars we were researching on Cars.com. We're not quite ready yet but we'll be back there when we're ready to buy

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  14. I've used it before. Always good to know what real people think of the cars.
    Manual windows? I can't even remember the last car I owned that had manual windows.

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  15. Entirely trust a car dealer? Haha...I don't even slightly trust them. I haven't been to Cars.com in a while though, so thanks for reminding me.

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  16. I cannot agree with this post more. It's best to do as much research as you can prior to buying a new car!

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  17. It's definitely hard to know who you can trust. Especially when the person you're usually talking to has something to gain by lying to you.

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  18. Cars.com is such a nifty site! We've used it in the past and were very pleased!

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  19. I don't drive, but I did have to refer to value sites for research to sell one once, LONG story! :-)

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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  20. Trust a car dealer?!? No way! LOL I have never trusted a car dealer. I usually let my husband do the talking and research. I'm glad to know there is a website to include me in on the research.

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  21. I never would have considered the impact of manual windows either. I wish I had automatic doors on my minivan. It's not the sliding door that's an issue, but the tailgate is so high it's hard to close. Sounds like Cars.com is a great resource for all the things I wouldn't have thought of.

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  22. We are right in the midst of this process right now and it really is frustrating. I forgot all about cars.com, I am going to check them out. Maybe we can find what we are looking for.

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  23. We just bought a new to us car this past May. In many google searches cars.com came up and I would gander around. Sounds like I should have dug in a little deeper.

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  24. Misty Nelson DawnJuly 4, 2017 at 2:05 AM

    I never knew about Cars.com but it's important to not trust to the Car dealer maybe you can do some research too

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  25. This is such a good website to use for reference before buying a new car. My son will be getting a new one once he's done with college in a year's time. I will make sure he checks cars.com out before making that purchase.

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  26. This is a great resource for people who are currently looking into getting a new car. I love the suggestions they provide, but of course the decision is still ours to make. I will browse the website to learn more.

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