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Buying / Selling a Car

Pittsburgh Region - Directories

  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Cars
    The Pittsburgh Post Gazette's auto site which connects you with selected Pittsburgh dealers, allows you to search by make and model.
  • Pittsburgh Automobile Trade Association
    The Pittsburgh Automobile Trade Association (PATA) is a metro trade association representing over 330 franchised automobile and truck dealers and related industries in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, Westmoreland and other surrounding counties in Western Pennsylvania. You can search for a dealer by make of car and obtain contact information and website.

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Web Sites

Search for Cars

    Gives prices and information (including recall info) about new cars, arranged by manufacturer. Also lets you compare features and price with similar models. Allows you to search locally for new or pre-owned cars.
  • The AutoChannel
    New vehicle database; search by make for list price/cost information and specifications; used car prices
  •, Inc.
    Buy cars, used car classifieds, and auto financing, car buyer guides and reviews, auto insurance, car loans, and more!


  • AutoWeek
    Search here for reviews when you are thinking of buying a new car.
  • Car and Driver
    The online version of the magazine. Check out selected articles from the current issue, buying guide, archive, car shows.
  • Consumer Reports
    Search for ratings, reviews, and news about thousands of products, including cars.
  • Motor Trend Magazine
    Includes a Buyer's Guide, Road Tests, Feature articles.
  • New Car Test Drive
    Look at the recent reviews of this year's models.

Price and other Guides

  • CARFAX Vehicle History Reports
    Before buying a used car, you might want to get its vehicle history report. Using the unique 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN) found on vehicle dashboards and title documents, they generate a detailed Vehicle History Report on any used car or light truck.
  • Edmund's Automobile Buyer's Guides
    new cars & trucks, used cars, buyer advice, recalls. Select vehicles to compare and they will give you the information.
  • Fuel Economy Guide
    The official U.S. government source for fuel economy information. Allows you to compare various makes and models side by side.
  • Kelley Blue Book Used Car Values and New Car Pricing
    Used cars, new cars, blue books. Figure out how much to ask/pay for a new/used car.

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Selected Books

Car Buying Revealed
Munroe, Brian
Car Buying Revealed: How to Buy a Car and Not Get Taken for a Ride
TL162.M86 2008x
Car Buying Revealed brings you through the entire car buying process. By the time you are done with this book, you will be able to buy your car over the phone and be in and out of the dealership within an hour.
Sutton, Remar
Don't Get Taken Every Time: The Ultimate Guide to Buying or Leasing a Car, in the Showroom or on the Internet
TL162.S96 2007
Through six editions, this invaluable tool by "Public Enemy #1 of the car dealers" (The Washington Post) has remained the definitive guide on buying or leasing a new or used vehicle.

Browse the Catalog

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