Need Advice Buying Your Next Car? Just "Ask AutoGuide!"

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

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.

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Kent Kent on Sep 07, 2013

    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 Mo Prato on Sep 26, 2013

    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.