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The value car book 2000
Gillis, Jack.
Personal Author:
2000 edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2000]

Physical Description:
336 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
"The car book."

"... Designed to help consumers focus on a specific group of vehicles" - T.p. verso.

Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
TL162 .G56 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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For 20 years! Helping consumers make smart car choices!

In the first ever special compilation of value-priced cars, Jack Gillis includes everything you need to know about buying cars, trucks, vans, and 4X4s, all in one convenient volume. This is information you must have to make informed choices, including charts listing all the important facts for every model so you can truly compare.

The Value Car Book 2000 includes:

Overall Performance Ratings Maintenance Costs Crash Test Results Warranty Ratings Fuel Economy Comparing the Competition Key Features


Info on '98 and '99 models

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
Best Bets/Buying Guidep. 7
Using the Buying Guidep. 8
Buying Guidep. 11
Best Betsp. 15
Safetyp. 21
Safety Introductionp. 21
Crash Tests: How the Cars are Ratedp. 22
Crash Test Chartsp. 24
Automatic Crash Protectionp. 31
Airbag Deploymentp. 34
Safety Beltsp. 35
Child Safety Seatsp. 36
Using Your Child Safety Seatp. 38
Children and Airbagsp. 40
Anti-Lock Brakesp. 41
Four-Wheel Drivep. 42
Rolloverp. 47
The Future of Safetyp. 51
Fuel Economyp. 53
Fuel Economy Introductionp. 53
Factors Affecting Fuel Economyp. 55
Emissions Optionsp. 57
Maintenancep. 59
Maintenance Introductionp. 59
Maintenance Costsp. 61
Service Contractsp. 64
Tips for Dealing with a Mechanicp. 65
Repair Protection by Credit Cardp. 66
Warrantyp. 67
Warranty Introductionp. 67
Secret Warrantiesp. 69
Comparing Warrantiesp. 70
Warranty Comparisonsp. 72
Insurancep. 75
Insurance Introductionp. 75
Reducing Insurance Costsp. 77
Auto Theftp. 81
Bumpersp. 84
Complaintsp. 89
Complaint Introductionp. 89
Resolving Complaintsp. 90
Auto Safety Hotlinep. 93
Complaint Indexp. 95
Center for Auto Safetyp. 97
Consumer Groups and Governmentp. 100
Lemon Lawsp. 103
Arbitrationp. 104
Showroom Strategiesp. 105
Introductionp. 105
Depreciationp. 110
CarBargains' Best Price Servicep. 110
Financingp. 113
Leasing vs. Buyingp. 115
Using the Internetp. 118
Corporate Twins and Asian Cousinsp. 120
How to Buy a Used Carp. 121
Avoiding Lemonsp. 124
Service Contractsp. 125
Car Ratingsp. 127
How to Use the Ratingsp. 127
The Car Pagesp. 134