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Automotive Web sites are revved up and ready to help you buy.

By Jill Amadio • Aug 1, 2003

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Gone are the days when dull automotive Web sites demanded yourZIP Code in return for access to limited information about theirnew cars and trucks. Prices were never posted, and detailedspecifications were unavailable until a local dealership wasnotified of your interest. Today, auto manufacturers and car-buyingsites have dramatically upgraded their online services, offeringthe latest prices, reviews, surveys, advice, car care, links andmore.

At www.autobytel.com, for instance, you can get customertestimonials, insurance quotes, delivery information, extendedwarranty prices, trade-in values and online vehicle appraisals. Oneof the leading online automotive resources, www.edmunds.com,continues to upgrade its services. Edmunds' menu includes loanand lease calculations, recalls, crash-test results, financingadvice, lemon checks as well as maintenance tips. Edmunds alsosupplies its 800,000 pages of content to The New York TimesWeb site. And a new feature at www.carsdirect.com is a channel that connectsyou directly with a dealer of your choosing or finds local dealersfor you. This is also the only site where you can compare anunlimited number of new or used cars side by side.

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