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The Complete car cost guide : for model years 1983-1987
Intelligent Choice Information Company.
Publication Information:
San Jose, CA : ICIC, [1987]

Physical Description:
344 pages, 55 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
General Note:
Cover title.

"A computerized reference guide to the total costs of owning and operating over 1000 different new and used automobiles. Also includes wagons, vans, and small pickups."

Includes indexes.
Format :

On Order

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Booklist Review

629.2222 Automobiles Cost of operation / Automobiles Prices [OCLC] This first edition of The Complete Car Cost Guide provides the cumulative cost of owning most 1983-87 models sold in the U.S. and also projects costs for six-month intervals from April 1987 to March 1991. The front matter indicates that this book which is concerned only with cost and not with such car-buying criteria as safety or style was compiled from the publisher's own research and such standard sources as the annual car issue of Consumer Reports, the National Auto Dealers Association and Edmund's car price guides, and EPA gas mileage reports. Here also are simple explanations of the graphs and charts for each specific car model in part 2, the heart of the volume.The arrangement of part 2 is first by class (subcompact, compact, midsize, large, sports, luxury, station wagons, utility vehicles, pickup trucks, minivans), then by model year, and then by make in alphabetical order. Thus all 1983 subcompacts are listed before those for 1984. Each entry gives the following information in a uniform chart: original average price; plus for each six-month period, 1987 to 1991, car value, standing costs (depreciation, insurance, financing costs), running costs (fuel, repairs, regular maintenance), total and cumulative ownership costs, and cash outlay. A cumulative ownership cost graph to the right of the chart shows the cumulative cost for the specific car compared with the average for other cars of its size and type.Part 3, ``Custom Costing,'' suggests tables to use when the book's assumptions about the driver, insurance coverage, annual mileage, etc., are somewhat different, and gives information about the publisher's custom cost service. Part 4 consists of four appendixes, such as average value retained by make of U.S. and imported cars and the best-value 1987 car for each size and category. The index is in two sections: by make (American Motors, BMW, Buick, etc.) and by model (Calais, Diplomat, New Yorker).To be published twice a year, the next edition of this book will appear in March and will contain information on the new 1988 models. In summary, the clearly presented statistical data in The Complete Car Cost Guide supplement the standard sources listed above and will be useful in public libraries.