Lemon-Aid Used Cars and Trucks 2009-2010 Paperback – Feb 16 2009
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Best-sellers for over thirty years, Lemon-Aid guides are unlike any other auto books on the market. Their main objective is to inform and protect consumers in an industry known for its dishonesty, where exaggerated claims remain unchanged. This brand new edition - the first in the series that covers used cars, trucks, and SUVs - is packed with insider tips to help you select a used vehicle that is as safe and as cheap as you want.
It covers everything from the latest GM cutbacks, "secret warranties," to average seller markups. Plus, there are tons of useful tips on when you should buy, sell, or hold, and which models make the best $1,000-$3,000 "beaters." Filled with summaries of memos and service bulletins, this book is an easy-read guaranteed to teach you a thing or two (or three, or four …) and more about used vehicles in Canada.
About the Author
Phil Edmontson is a former Member of Parliament, a Consumers Union board member, and the founder of the Automobile Protection Association. He has successfully battled automakers on the streets, on the Internet, and before the Supreme Court. During the past 35 years Phil has researched and written over 125 Lemon-Aid guides and other books on consumer rights.
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This edition had the same regurgitated buyer beware shtick from previous editions and didn't seem like anything new was added.
When it came to comparing, this edition fell uselessly short. It almost seems like he took the previous version, slapped some new years on the label and called it a day.
I was looking at SUV crossover vehicles and of the 3 top ones I was looking for (Dodge Journey, Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe) as well as a host of others were missing from the list. If there was a different version for just crossovers, it made no mention of it nor could I find it on Amazon.
The fact that this franchise refuses to put anything up on the web so he can continue to sell books has become outdated and clumsy to compare. With so many vehicles missing from the list, I would give this a miss. The Car Connection website ended up being WAY more helpful, comprehensive and easy to navigate and compare.
Sorry Phil, this edition was a Lemon!
Basically: the information is still fantastic, but it will take readers a lot longer to make the comparisons they need - a rather large failing, given that that's the primary purpose of the book.
It's easy to see people become emotional about car buying. Witness people watching a television advertisement for a new car or visit a dealership and listen to the conversations between the sales staff and potential buyers. You'll see people swoon over a car that "fits their lifestyle."
MY lifestyle doesn't include major repair bills or sitting on the side of the road waiting for a tow-truck so I choose to buy the Lemon-Aid guide before any car purchase.
Phil's advice is based on recorded data on car service histories. What he adds is a good dose of skepticism about the industry and sarcasm about overrated, underperforming vehicles. I suspect some readers will bristle at criticism leveled at their "beloved chariot," especially if the numbers paint the model as a lemon.
If you want to be an informed consumer, this is THE tool for you. Start reading with an open mind, however, as the car you thought was "so you" may not be all it's cracked up to be.
I buy his books all the time and if he says lots of stuff is wrong with a certain model ( part failure ) I usually make sure I have at least one in my yard .Of coarse I buy the books on used vehicles as the new ones still are on warranty.Although I'm here to make money I still send people to the dealer if I know theres a secret warranty,costs me money ,but impresses the customer..for instance when I first read his book I was selling lots of tercel rear control arms cause they rusted so bad,he pointed out the dealer would replace them free.I steered everyone there,got lots of good feed back when the customer came back for something else..These books even show how to get free paint jobs ,how to sue the dealer and win.Just in small claims cort ( no lawyer) .These books are worth the price of the car ,in other words if your thinking of buying a older vehicle thats going to have transmission problems (chryslers)and a poor motor together ( chryslers jap built ones) You may spend 6k on the car but 5k on eng and trans...
Makes the price of the book ridiculously cheap. If I were selling them I'd be charging $[...] per book.still cheap ha,ha.
Most of the language used in the book is of a critical nature and there are very few positive comments provided. As you read the book you come to the conclusion that there is not a single decently made vehicle. You should balance the very negative reviews in the book against other avenues of information like consumer reports and first hand discussions with actual owners. As an example the Ford F150 and Chevy Silverado are regarded as compete junk in the book; however when I ask my friends about their trucks they think they are great.
I'd recommend borrowing a copy from the Library rather than purchasing.
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