Lemon-Aid Used Cars and Trucks 2012-2013 Paperback – May 19 2012
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"Unlike any other auto books on the market."(Buyingcaradvices.com 2011-07-08)
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Phil Edmonston, Canada's toughest customer, is a former MP and Consumers Union board member. For over 42 years he has written more than 140 Lemon-Aid bestsellers. About three decades ago, Nissan and Honda sued Phil for $5 million -- and lost. Currently, he lives in Panama.
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However, as per normal all of Phil's work it contains a lot of information not found in other resources. I also got Consurmers Reports online for cars. Between them and Phil's info I got great details. Going forward, I'll buy Phil's hard copy books in lue of the Kindle.
In short the info is there in the Kindle version, just not as well laid out as in the book.
The 2012 edition did not meet my expectations. Many vehicles were not mentioned and in general the information in the format provided was very little help. I don't recommend spending any money to purchase this book. You'll find more useful information just browsing on line. They need to go back to individual reviews by each make and model and include all common models.
If you've got more dollars than sense and are buying a car as a status symbol or because "this car is so me!", this book isn't for you.
You buy the Lemon-Aid guide if you want a car that will do what you need it to do while costing you the least amount of money over its service life, until such time as you sell or scrap it.
Here's a bit of personal advice for those who don't know how or where to start car shopping:
- start with a budget and don't go over it; you CAN find something in your price range, even if it takes a bit longer
- there are millions of cars out there and you are under NO pressure to buy - another one will come along
- decide what you NEED, not what you WANT and be specific: air-conditioning, automatic transmission, cruise control, fuel-efficient, seating for four; don't limit yourself by trivial things like colour (nobody sells pink cars) or fabric (it's all designed to be reasonably durable and cleanable)
- eliminate anything that doesn't fit your criteria, which will leave you with a handful of choices
- compare what you're left with to the ratings in the Lemon-Aid guide; eliminate anything that gets below average ratings (unless you want to spend an above-average sum keeping your car on the road - in which case, why did you buy the Lemon-Aid guide and why are you still reading this?)
Start with your local online & paper classifieds (Craigslist, Kijiji, newspaper) and make a note of every car that passes the above gates.Read more ›
I have always bought the current copy when buying a new care, but the previous editions seemed to offer more insight.
Numerous vehicles were not discussed at all (but then, their may be more to discuss currently).
It is best treated as one more source of information -- like red/blue/black books,Edmunds.com, and other websites. It is better than listening to friends who likely have very little breadth of experience. It is probably better than Edmunds, but you have to pay for it.
However it was missing MANY SUVs that I was in the market for such as BMW W3 and X5. Also missing were GM Acadia to name a few.
We advise people to do the same...we learned the hard way when we purchased a Toyota and discovered that the rusting that we were experiencing was a flaw only for the production year of our vehicle. Had we checked 'Lemon-Aid' we would have noted the warning.
The Japanese have really dropped ball, and the most reliable cars that we relied on are no longer in the running.
Do your research with this book and you will be as amazed as I am.
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I think this look has lost relevance in this day and age with the access to online information. Details on the car I was looking at were too vaguePublished 6 months ago by Courtney
Phil's books always super insightful, and almost always make me saddened by the auto industry.. but not surprised. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bruce
Wow. Seriously, did this book ever fill in a LOT of blanks for me. And let's be clear: I have been doing auto insurance for 6 years, so I see a whole lot of auto sales. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Leland Davis
Just got it today. We are planning to go with Phil's recommendationsPublished 9 months ago by Freddy
I have been using the Lemon-Aid guides to help me with making decisions for years.Published 15 months ago by Michael C.
Useful information, especially when all you can afford is a "beater".Published 15 months ago by Mary Shaw
Bible of Used Cars. I have used this book to help me purchase new and used vehicles. It is as it says. awesome book.Published 17 months ago by Walter Palakovic
Very informative. Helped me narrow down my choice of vehicle. ThanksPublished 19 months ago by minpins