The Busy Person’s Guide to Helpful Auto Websites

Posted by Evelyn Bai on 12th Sep 2017

Owning a car comes with responsibilities that we all have to take care of from time to time. With so much information at our fingertips, it’s easy to get lost in data overload -- and who has time for that? Here’s a quick list of automotive websites to refer to when the time comes to buy, sell, or take care of “housekeeping” issues related to your car. Did we miss one you use all the time? Tell us what you would add in our comment section below -- it’d be cool to hear from you.  

Help! I don’t want to stand in line at the DMV!

You can do a lot online at your state’s DMV’s website, from renewing your license and registration to changing your address and creating a custom plate. The time-consuming part is how to find what you’re looking for once you get to the site, as some are hard to navigate. DMV List is a great resource for the DMV office in your state. It features a database that makes it easy to click and get to the section you want FAST.  

Is the used car I’m considering buying in good shape?

Can you trust that the person you’re buying a used car from is telling you the truth about that dent in the bumper? CARFAX helps you find “the right car with the right history.” It’s the leading source of vehicle history information for buyers and sellers of used cars, gathering information from more than 91,000 data sources including many auto auctions, fire and police departments, collision repair facilities, rental agencies, and more.

Some types of information that a CARFAX Report may include are:

  • Title information, including salvaged or junked titles
  • Flood damage history
  • Total loss accident history
  • Odometer readings
  • Lemon history
  • Number of owners
  • Accident indicators, such as airbag deployments
  • State emissions inspection results
  • Service records
  • Vehicle use (taxi, rental, lease, etc.)

  Save time and money by making the best choice up front.    

What is my car worth?

Kelley Blue Book has been ”the trusted resource” on car values since 1926. Each week the company provides updated market-reflective values in the industry on its top-rated, easy-to-use website. Save time by making sure you list your used car at the best price -- or are buying a used car at the best price -- by checking your car’s make, model and options first.              

What’s the best new car to buy?

So many cars, so little time … features car reviews and research, along with ways to buy new and used cars. Their “Price Promise” program allows you to compare prices within their network of dealers and will give you a certificate to take with you to the dealer to lock in your negotiated price. Where to start? Read this article: 10 Steps to Finding the Right Car for You.

Consumer Reports magazine has been published monthly since 1936 and has an online presence as well. It publishes reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services based on reporting and results from its in-house testing laboratory and survey research center. They accept no advertising and pay for all the products they test so they are generally accepted as an unbiased resource for products of all kinds. Get information on cars and toasters in one convenient spot!    

Where can I buy or sell a used car?

Selling your car “in the paper” generally means listing it in Autotrader these days. Once you’ve gotten your car’s valuation (they have a link to Kelley Blue Book right there on their site) and specs lined up, you can choose from four advertising levels, including a “Run till It Sells” option. You can also utilize their “VIP Service” and they’ll do the work for you, including Title & Transfer Document services. Nice.       “It’s easy -- let’s go!” is a site that buys and sells used cars and offers a wealth of car-related info, from car updates and trends to child car seat checks. They have a Service & Repair section in partnership with RepairPal offering fair-price estimates based on service centers in your area. Keep your car in top shape by reading Expert Tips: Car Maintenance 101".     What will you do with all the time you'll save now? How about take a relaxing drive to somewhere you’ve never been before? The possibilities are endless ...

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