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The used car book : the definitive guide to buying a safe, reliable, and economical used car
Gillis, Jack.
Personal Author:
1999-2000 edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperPerennial, [1999]

Physical Description:
224 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
"Jack Gillis' guide to the best and worst used cars for 1990-1999"--Cover.

Includes index.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
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TL162 .U8 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Popular Materials-Foundation-Non-Circulating

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A decade's worth of information is provided on more than 1,500 used-car models--with valuable advice on getting the best price, dealing with mechanics, and Gillis's Best Bets.

Author Notes

Jack Gillis is Director of Public Affairs for the Consumer Federation of America. Previously, he spent three years with the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he was responsible for developing the government's automotive information program. An expert on consumer affairs, he is Contributing Consumer Correspondent for NBC's "Today Show."
A few years ago, Madison Avenue Magazine said "Jack Gillis is out to change the way Americans buy their cars." And he has.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 4
Introductionp. 5
Part 1 Finding Them, Checking Them Out, Getting the Best Price, and Selling Your Car
Finding Themp. 7
Understanding the Classifiedsp. 9
Checking Them Outp. 10
Questions for the Ownerp. 11
Inside Checklistp. 12
Outside Checklistp. 14
Under the Hoodp. 16
The Test Drivep. 18
Avoiding Odometer Fraudp. 20
Mechanic's Checklistp. 21
Safety Checklistp. 22
Safety: The Good and The Badp. 23
Getting the Best Pricep. 25
Financingp. 27
Ending Your Leasep. 28
The Blue Book Valuep. 29
Warrantiesp. 30
Service Contractsp. 31
Selling Your Carp. 32
Getting Ready to Sellp. 32
Part 2 Keeping Them Going
Keeping Them Goingp. 35
Reducing Insurance Costsp. 37
Vehicle Theftp. 39
Safetyp. 40
Crash Testsp. 41
Child Safety Seatsp. 42
Tips for Using Your Child Safety Seatp. 43
Keeping It Goingp. 44
Tips for Dealing with a Mechanicp. 46
Secret Warrantiesp. 47
Tiresp. 48
Buying Tiresp. 49
Tire Pricing: Getting the Best Valuep. 50
How Long Will They Last?p. 51
Resolving Complaintsp. 54
Lemon Launderingp. 55
Center for Auto Safetyp. 56
Consumer and Government Agenciesp. 58
Auto Safety Hotlinep. 59
Auto Manufacturersp. 60
Part 3 How They Rate
How They Ratep. 61
Best Bets by Sizep. 62
Best Bets by Pricep. 63
Cars to Stay Away Fromp. 65
Ratings Explanationp. 66
The Ratingsp. 68