How to find out car details

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How to find out car details
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Plenty of websites are dedicated to providing accurate and helpful information about cars to consumers. Manufacturer's offer new car information, while several shopping tools provided by other websites can help you to discover used-car details. Even the government provides up-to-date details about new and used car recalls, safety and gas mileage ratings. Know which websites to access for correct information, whether you're looking for new or even used car details.

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    Go to the vehicle manufacturer's new car website to find in-depth information about any new car on the market, and even some that are not out yet. Click on the car you're interested in to see its options, standard features, colours, pricing and detailed specifications, such as engine and transmission details, cargo space and passenger room.

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    Go to the Edmunds website to find used car details, such as current resale values and any information that you can normally find from the manufacturer's new car website. Once you input the car information on the main page, you can switch through a list of different car details to view from the left-hand side menu.

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    Go the Safer Car website to access details about safety ratings, including front- and side-impact results and rollover ratings. From the main page, you can also access all manufacturer recall information, including tire or emission recalls.

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    Go to the Fuel Economy website to review the official U.S. government's ratings and carbon footprint for your car's gas mileage. You can also review on the site what other owners are reporting for fuel economy.

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    Use the vehicle's identification number (VIN) to find out specific details about a particular car. Go to the Decode This website to enter in your VIN, which you can find inside the vehicle's driver's-side doorjamb or on the outside lower portion of the driver's-side windshield. You can review all specification details about the vehicle, such as engine, transmission, year, make, model and level.

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    Use the J.D. Power website to review details about quality, performance and design or reliability ratings. J.D. Power retrieves its information from owner surveys.

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