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The ultimate car book, 2000
Gillis, Jack.
Personal Author:
Twentieth anniversary edition, 2000 edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperPerennial, [1999]

Physical Description:
464 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
"A HarperResource book."

"3 books combined!"--Cover.

"Jack Gillis' guide to this year's best and worst"--Cover.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
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TL162 .G565 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Popular Materials-Foundation-Non-Circulating

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Three books in one! Here is the only source you need to buy your next car!

The most consumer-oriented car buyer's guide just got better! The Ultimate Car Book 2000 celebrates The Car Book's 20th anniversary. A combination of The Car Book, The Used Car Book, and The Truck, Van and 4X4 Book, The Ultimate Car Book 2000 is the most comprehensive car-buying guide on the market.

The Ultimate Car Book 2000 sifts through the claims, facts, specifications, and hype to present you with the most up-to-date and accurate information about the cars, trucks, sport utilities, and minivans for the past three years! Once again, Jack Gillis proves why he is America's most sought-after consumer expert on cars.

Comprehensive Two-Page Reviews--Two full pages on each vehicle with information about the areas you care about

Jack Gillis' Best Bets--Sort through Jack's favorites from the year's top-rated cars

Easy-to-Read Ratings--Compare the overall value, crash tests, fuel economy, maintenance, insurance costs, complaints, and more

Safety Features--At-a-glance listing of key safety features including airbags, ABS, built-in child seats, belt systems, and daytime running lamps

Narrative Summaries--Insightful advice for each model

Special Advice--Get useful tips on showroom strategies, avoiding lemons, the best warranties, selecting a child safety seat, reducing your insurance costs, and more

Foreword--By Clarence Ditlow, Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety

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 correspondent for NBC's Today Show.

Table of Contents

Clarence Ditlow
Forewordp. 4
Introductionp. 5
Safetyp. 7
Safety Introductionp. 8
Crash Tests: How the Cars are Ratedp. 9
Crash Test Chartsp. 10
Automatic Crash Protectionp. 17
Airbag Deploymentp. 19
Safety Beltsp. 20
Child Safety Seatsp. 21
Using Your Child Safety Seatp. 22
Child Safety Seat Typesp. 23
Children and Airbagsp. 24
Anti-Lock Brakesp. 25
Four-Wheel Drivep. 26
Rolloverp. 27
Off-Road Drivingp. 30
The Future of Safetyp. 32
Fuel Economyp. 33
Fuel Economy Introductionp. 34
Factors Affecting Fuel Economyp. 35
Emissions Optionsp. 36
Fuel Economy Misers and Guzzlersp. 37
Products that Don't Workp. 38
Maintenancep. 39
Maintenance Introductionp. 40
Maintenance Costsp. 41
Service Contractsp. 49
Tips for Dealing with a Mechanicp. 50
Warrantiesp. 51
Warranty Introductionp. 52
Secret Warrantiesp. 54
Comparing Warrantiesp. 56
Warranty Comparisonsp. 57
Insurancep. 59
Insurance Introductionp. 60
No-Fault Insurancep. 61
Reducing Insurance Costsp. 62
Auto Theftp. 64
Bumpersp. 65
Complaintsp. 67
Complaint Introductionp. 68
Arbitrationp. 70
Auto Safety Hotlinep. 72
Complaint Indexp. 73
Center for Auto Safetyp. 74
Consumer Groups and Governmentp. 76
Automobile Manufacturersp. 77
Lemon Lawsp. 78
Showroom Strategiesp. 83
Introductionp. 84
Showroom Strategiesp. 85
Depreciationp. 87
Getting the Best Pricep. 88
CarBargains' Best Price Servicep. 89
Financingp. 90
Leasing vs. Buyingp. 92
Using the Internetp. 94
Corporate Twins and Asian Cousinsp. 95
How to Buy a Used Carp. 96
Buying Guide/Best Betsp. 97
Using the Buying Guidep. 98
Buying Guidep. 99
Best Betsp. 104
Car Ratingsp. 113
How to Use the Ratingsp. 114
The Car Pagesp. 118
Tiresp. 459
Tire Introductionp. 462
Getting the Best Pricep. 462
Top Rated Tiresp. 463