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Lemon-Aid Used Cars and Trucks 2012-2013 [Paperback]

Phil Edmonston
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Book Description

May 19 2012 Lemon-Aid: Used Cars & Trucks

U.S. automakers are suddenly awash in profits, and South Koreans and Europeans have gained market shares, while Honda, Nissan, and Toyota have curtailed production following the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Shortages of Japanese new cars and supplier disruptions will likely push used car prices through the roof well into 2012, so what should a savvy buyer do? The all-new Lemon-Aid Used Cars and Trucks 2012-2013 has the answers, including:

  • More vehicles rated, with some redesigned models that don't perform as well as previous iterations downrated.
  • More roof crash-worthiness ratings along with an expanded cross-border shopping guide.
  • A revised summary of safety- and performance-related defects that are likely to affect rated models.
  • More helpful websites listed in the appendix as well as an updated list of the best and worst "beaters" on the market.
  • More "secret" warranties taken from automaker internal service bulletins and memos than ever.

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"Unlike any other auto books on the market."

(Buyingcaradvices.com 2011-07-08)

About the Author

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Ok - Not Great Aug. 25 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ive previously bought many of Phil's hard copy books and found them great! However, the kindle addition leaves something to be desired. The layout is poor and is hard to navigate. The format on line is definitely not user friendly.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lemon-Aid book not what it use to be March 8 2013
By John
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I was very dissapointed in this book. I have used the Lemon-Aid series in the past when purchasing new and used cars.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It was ok but missing vehicles I wanted Dec 1 2012
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It was informative.
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.
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By minpins
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Very informative. Helped me narrow down my choice of vehicle. Thanks
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1.0 out of 5 stars Out of date May 4 2014
By DeeDee
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You need to buy the 2013 book has differences. Also seems to biased towards GM cars, doesn't like Asian cars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prevent car buying sickness,get Lemon Aid Nov. 13 2013
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I have been a fan of Phil Edmonston for many years.He has advocated for the car buyer and forced the big manufacturers to be more considerate of their customers when dealing with factory defects.Whenever I or my family or friends are in the market for used or new vehicles,I always depend on Lemon Aid to steer me in the right direction.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Total Misrepresentation bordering on criminal Nov. 3 2013
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The book says it's for used vehicles up to 2012-2013. I bought it to review the Ford Focus and Edge. No vehicles beyond 2010 are included! Aside from that, only about half of the Ford models are even rated! Double fail. I will never buy one of these again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy a used car without it! Sept. 18 2013
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This is a great resource for anyone who is buying a used vehicle. It gives all the known information about maintenance or safety issues with recent years' used vehicles. We've been buying these books for years, and consider it like a little preventive insurance policy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Was Expecting
I have purchased these Lemon-Aid guides before and have found them to be very useful. However, I was surprised and disappointed to find that it no longer includes Volvos --... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jane Esquivel
5.0 out of 5 stars Any book by Phil Edmonston can be trusted.
If you are in the market for a car/truck, new/used pick up a Phil Edmonston book. You won't be sorry that you did.
Published 13 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Ecellent resource
I was astonished to see how far the car manufactures have fallen in past 10 years, and that we as consumers must do due diligence to find affordable reliable vehicles for our... Read more
Published 15 months ago by krawle
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's my car dude ?
This book doesn't have ratings for many vehicles. Author states there are too many to include all. I'm disappointed. Two or three vehicles I was interested in are not reviewed. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Leeks
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a 'must have' before the search for a used car is imminant.
We always purchase used cars. When it's time to change our vehicle(s), the first thing that we do Is invest in the current edition of 'Lemon-Aid used cars and trucks. Read more
Published 17 months ago by gillian williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful when car shopping
My husband and I were recently looking for a used car, and we found that this was very helpful in determining which makes, models and years would be worth looking at. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Viridis
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