9. Do Your Homework
Online forums are a gold mine of experience, where car owners share every detail of their car ownership journey. Every little detail is scrutinized, from fuel economy to excess rattles. Bigger communities include vehicle specific car care tips too, helping to prepare you and your car for a long life on the road. These communities also help point out how reliable a car is or what kind of repairs and maintenance you can expect in the future. The AutoGuide.com forum network includes quite a few vehicle specific communities, all full of useful information.