Need Advice Buying Your Next Car? Just “Ask AutoGuide!”

Need Advice Buying Your Next Car? Just “Ask AutoGuide!”

Reading car reviews and comparisons is great, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could just ask an automotive expert what new car to buy? Now you can.

With hundreds of nameplates and dozens of manufacturers, for most new car shoppers the whole process can be like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – exhausting. But purchasing a new ride doesn’t have to be an exercise in futility. As the old saying goes, knowledge is power.

If you’re tired of your old car, are in the market for a new pickup or just want a helping hand choosing a sensible hatchback, the AutoGuide editors are at your service. In honor of you, our loyal audience, we’re starting a new weekly advice column to guide you to the perfect vehicle. We’ll cut through the marketing noise and media chatter to deliver the best advice this side of a top-dollar defense attorney.

If you need a little help shopping for your next car just send a short message to Let us know basics of what you’re looking for. How many seats do you need? What size of car or truck do you want? What type of vehicle: SUV, crossover, sedan (mid-size or full-size), sports car or compact. How much are you willing to spend? Are there any killer features you have to have, things like a navigation system or Bluetooth connectivity? And what do you use it for, like driving the kids to school or commuting to the office. And is there a particular brand you’re enamored with, or one you’ve already sworn to avoid. With the basics out of the way we’ll get busy to come up with two or three must-see vehicles that you’ll have to put on your test-drive list.

The AutoGuide editorial team will also be sure to include info like safety ratings, reliability ratings and even insight into what sort of updates may be coming to a model in the near future.

Already have a short list of vehicles picked out? Send that over too.

Again, just send us a quick e-mail to . We’ll select one email each week and answer it every Friday, so you’ll know exactly what dealership to visit on Saturday for a test drive.

  • Sestro

    Regarding the Opel Cascada Convertible being brought to the US as a Regal Convertible, The Cascada looks to be more akin to the Buick Verano.

  • ADAM

    I am in process of buying 2012 GLK 350 premium with 20K. It carries STAR certified warranty. Dealers insist that I buy extended waeeanty for another 24/36 months. Do you recommend? Is it worth to spend another 2400 Dollars. lease advise 

  • Anne

    I am looking to change my car and I’m looking at a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. I was wondering how is it performing in the snow & slush (as even with good new winter tires, my Mitsubishi Lancer doesn’t make the cut :s). 

  • Colum Wood

    Anne: Can you send a quick email with a few more details of what you’re looking for? How important is reliability, fuel economy? What do you use your car for? Are there any other cars you’re considering? We’d love to write up a piece on what you should get. Thanks.

  • Peter

    I am looking to buy a Audi Q5 S line plus,which has 20 inch wheels,i seem to be
    getting conflicting reports on its ride.As many of the reports are for older models.
    Is its ride ,poor,firm or good?
    Look forward to your views.

  • Nlvb010166

    do i need to use the diesel car daily

  • Gervais60bernard

    Where  the French version?????

  • Stop This Crap

    How in the world did I start getting this stupid email from your site? Please stop

  • cruz

    2011 or 2012 toyota camry le sedan vs.2012 hyndai sonata gls sedan?

  • pk

    I am looking at a 380 sl mercedes benz 1985 in fair to good condition what should I pay

  • ken

    peugoet106 maxi 1.1 2003 hi just been to garage speedo packed up rev counter working put new sender in now still no speedo rev counter stuck on1000 revs any ideas

  • Walter Mauro

    The AutoGuide car comparison program does not work!!! I attempt to obtain all respective info re Chevy 2013 Spark. It starts out just fine with my selection of “5dr HB Man LT w/2lt getting me thru General information and User Ratings sections.When I proceed to Next Steps: Price with Options the damned program shifts me over to a Spark Hatch 1LT (Automatic), still in putrid green which I never selected and was never given the option to change, and absolutely will not accept my attempts to select new Trim or color. I am light removed from being a techy but I was able to muddle thru w/ FIAT 500 and Toyota Yaris, I am hopelessly confounded with the Spark. Please help.

  • Michael


    I would like to know if on a BMW 128i 2009 sold in Canada, the back wind deflector was a standard item or an option.


  • ferraro00

    what is the gas tank capacity for a 2010 cadillac ESC ESV AWD ?

  • Stevorat

    I have a 1980 MGB. Do I need a ZDDP additive with synthetic oil?

  • AJ

    Looking for a car that’s luxury and good to take on long trips, like yellowstone. Do I need a V6 or a V8 ? Any other suggestions ?

  • BH

    what is the difference between the Rav4 Natl.,Gs, and Se?

  • Anwar Bablo

    How can I buying your car.

  • Roman

    I am interested in one of your cars.Just want ask.
    Is there any chance to get that car transported to Ukraine and how much it would cost me?

  • Dale

    how does body shop calculate refinish cost associated with matte finishes.

  • bullitt2522

    I own a 2008 Mustang GT Bullitt. The wheels are 18×8. What is the largest width tire I can put on the rear wheels?

  • william altman

    is it all right to use synthetic oil in my 1994 toyato truck its a four cylinder engine

  • Martha S.

    What’s the fuel capacity on a 2011 TDI VW diesel

  • Chad

    Need a diagram of A Cadillac CTS 2003 automatic shifting assembly

  • Tina TONNU

    Need 2014 Subaru Forester limited 2.5i satin white pearl which dealership is best to go to in Santa Fe or Albuquerque NM also for best prices

  • Billy Thompson

    What is the current cash market value of a 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe GXP with 12,000 miles?

  • Honest Abe

    LOL. Almost nothing.

  • Kent

    Hello, i am planning to buy a van that has more seating capacity, AT in transmission. I am choosing between Toyota Super Grandia, Hyundai Starex and Nissan Urvan. Which do you suggest? Please do response, my email is Thanks!

  • Mo Prato

    I want an economy car to save money on gas. I also want a vehicle where the insurance is not excessive. I want my payments to be around 100.00. I have great credit and am willing to put money down. I have a Jeep, Grand Cherokee that I recently put a new transmission and engine in which is like a new car inside but it doesn’t help my gas costs.