The Topic: 
Buying A Car

Buying a car takes research. You need to know about the quality of the car, the best prices, and financing. Although you can buy a car online, most people still buy their cars locally. Use the Internet to locate information that will help you make a good decision.
 
 
 Autobytel 
http://Autobytel.com
This is one of the two largest on-line car-buying services; providing new, used, and other car buying information.
Similar Websites:
2) 1 Stop Auto http://www.1stopauto.com/
3) 4 Auto Prices http://www.4autoprices.com/
4) Auto Buying USA http://www.autobuyingusa.com/
5) Auto Directory http://www.autodirectory.com/
6) Autoweb http://Autoweb.com
7) Cars Direct
http://www.carsdirect.com/index.asp?affil=DCLK&affil_id=kw_goto_autoshopping
8) Carpoint http://www.carpoint.msn.com
9) Carsmart http://www.carsmart.com
10) Simple Car Buying http://www.simplecarbuying.com/
 
Used Car Buying Tips
http://www.usedcarbuyingtips.com/
Guide to evaluating used cars.
Other Resources for Buying Used Cars:
2) Best Kept Used Car Secrets http://www.howtobuycars.com/
3) Buying A Used Car FAQ from Nolo's Legal Encyclopedia
http://www.nolo.com/encyclopedia/articles/cars/ctim17.html
4) Car Max http://carmax.com/index.asp
5) Check Out a Used Car at Learn2 http://www.learn2.com/05/0523/0523.asp
6) 'Good As New' Used Car Buying http://www.goodasnew.com/index.html
7) Scopin' a Used Car http://www.myfuture.com/money/suspension.html
 
New Car Seeker
http://www.newcarseeker.com/tips/usedcar-tips.html
This site has car buying tips.
Other Sites for Buying Tips:
2) Auto Info Center http://www.autoinfocenter.com/
3) Buying A New Car FAQ from Nolo's Legal Encyclopedia
http://www.nolo.com/encyclopedia/articles/cars/ctim15.html
4) Car Buying Tips http://www.carbuyingtips.com/
  
U Buy A Car 
http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/pbl/ubuystudent/index.html
You are interested in purchasing a new vehicle.What should your annual salary be to afford the car you want? 
 

Choose a project and use the links below to solve the problem or create a project.
 
Complete A Car Buying WebQuest. Follow or adapt the instructions and procedures found at one of the following webQuest sites:
1) Being Prepared To Own Or Not To Own My First Car! by L. L. Johnson http://edservices.aea7.k12.ia.us/edtech/teacherpages/ljohnson/index.htm
2) Buying A Car http://www.ramona.k12.ca.us/rhs/math/waters/carproject.htm
3) Buying A Car http://edweb.sdsu.edu/t2arp/quest/autowq/mikewebquest.html
3) Buying Your First Car http://intgrunits.olivet.edu/Car/studentinformation.htm
4) Car Project http://www.union.k12.ia.us/ukhs/WebQuest/math_car.htm
5) Car WebQuest http://lion.crsd.k12.pa.us/webquest/webquest_Duppstadt.htm
6) Modes of Transportation http://www4.district125.k12.il.us/faculty/scarney/carproject.html
7) My Dream Car by T. Anderson http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/tanderson/wquest.htm
 
Buyer Beware. Create a poster that provides ten tips for car buyers. Display the finished work.
 
Safety First. Read the safety reviews of three cars in your interest area. Which do you think is safest? Why?
 
Do You Want Fries With That...? Can you afford the car you want to buy on a "burger flipper" salary? How much would you need to make in order to buy the car of your dreams? You might want to use the U Buy A Car site. What careers pay that kind of money?
 
The Bucks. Select a car to buy. Find a price. Now, figure out how you will finance this purchase. What will the insurance cost?
 
Advertising. Create an advertisement for a used car you're trying to sell. Be sure to include the characteristics of the car and the 'blue book' price.

Auto Center at the Finance Center
http://www.financenter.com/solutions/centers/auto.fcs?industry=banking_lending
This site helps customers analyze options, learn about key issues, and select products. Includes information buying, financing, and insurance.
 
Auto Site
http://www.autosite.com/
This website includes new car invoice pricing and used car book values, plus car buying and owning tips.
 
AutoTrader
http://autotrader.com/
Here you find information about used cars, how to sell your car, auto financing, insurance and lots more.
  
Car Stuff 
http://www.car-stuff.com/
This site claims to be 'Web's Most Complete Source of Automotive Links,' including car sales and buyers guides.
 
Car and Driver's Buyer's Guide 
http://www.caranddriver.com/xp/Caranddriver/home.xml
The comprehensive site is a companion to the well-known magazine and contains information about most makes and models available.
   
Car Talk 
http://cartalk.cars.com/
Tom & Ray Magliozzi ( aka 'Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers') provide humorous and helpful answers to mechanical problems. Just don't count on all of them to be right! America's funniest grease monkeys try to steer you in the right direction when buying a new car.
 
Edmund's Automobile Buyer's Guide 
http://www.edmunds.com/
Find new and used car prices in this useful online guide that includes reviews, analysis, and advice.
 
Kelley Blue Book 
http://www.kbb.com/
You've probably heard about the "blue book price." It's now online and can help you find preowned and new vehicle pricing plus purchasing and selling information.
  
Related Automobile Websites
Autopia Car Car
http://www.autopia-carcare.com/
This site for the automobile euthusiast covers detailing and car care.
  
CarAccident .com
http://www.caraccident.com/
Here is a comprehensive resource site for all things regarding auto accidents.
Related Website:
2) Car Accident Statistic http://www.car-accidents.com/pages/stats.html
 
Car Reviews
http://www.carreview.com/Homecrx.aspx
This organization collect reviews on all popular aftermarket performance parts for your favorite car.
 
Cars at the Federal Consumer Education Center
http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/results.tpl?id1=9&startat=1&--woSECTIONSdatarq=9&--SECTIONSword=ww
Here is an index to car related information from the Pueblo, CO center.
 
Do You Really Need A Car? 
http://radawana.cg.tuwien.ac.at/~martinpi/nocar.html
Cars do have adverse effects on our environment. Here are hands-on hints on how to go without!
 
Fuel Economy from the U.S. Evioronmental Protection Agency
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/
Click on find and compare cars based on your estimated miles and current gasoline prices.
 
Highway Loss Data Institute
http://www.hldi.org/
Here you find informtion on crash testing, highway safety, and lots more.
 
Lemon Car Page
http://defect.com
This page offers general information regarding lemon car cases.
 
Loan Payment Calculator
http://www.carseverything.com/content/features/article/41/?
Financing a vehicle is very much like taking out a house mortage. The loan institution or bank gives you the necessary amount of money to purchase the vehicle, and you then repay back the same amount, plus interest.
 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/
This is the Dept. of Transportation's source for crash statistics and crash test information and lots more.
Other Not-To-Be-Missed Sections at NHTSA:
2) Buying a Safer Car: New Car Assessment Program http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/testing/ncap/
3) Vehicle and Equipment Information http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/
 
Seat Belts
http://www.car-accidents.com/pages/seat_belts.html
Seat belt protection information
 
Websites for Teachers
Buy or Lease an Automobile by B. Cross (Grade 9-12) 
http://www.kings.k12.ca.us/math/lessons/lease.or.buy.html
Sooner or later everyone will be confronted with the question of whether or not leasing a car is a viable option to buying a car. In other words, how important is it to own your car?
 
Buy This Car - Now, You! by B. Nichols and M. Galloway (Grade 7-12)
http://www.esc8.net/tla/MTA_LESSONS/4-8/Language_Arts/Buy_This_Car.html
Students will analyze car advertisements, define advertising and marketing terms, and compose a persuasive advertisement.
 
Buying My First Car (Grade 8-12) 
http://www.kings.k12.ca.us/math/lessons/firstcar.htm
Through this unit you will research every aspect that a person goes through when purchasing a car.
 
What A Steal! or What A Ripoff? by E. Glazer (Grades 9-12)
http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbs/Academics/gbsmat/Internet%20Projects/Car/intro.html
In this activity, students use the Internet and exponential regression to help them find an affordable automobile at a reasonable price.
 
buying tips
used cars
pricing
manual transmission
carburetor
engine
loan
trade-in
warranty
coupe
differential
power steering
cosigner
insurance
mileage rating
fuel injection
wheelbase
4-wheel drive
test drive
leasing
auto industry
hardtop
throttle
transmission
antilock brake system (ABS)
overdrive
rack-and-pinion steering
chassis
good deal
spark plug
suspension
sport utility vehicle (SUV)
traction
lemon law
maintenance
deal
transportation
recreation
safety
hybrid car
axle
automobile
 
 
 
Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, Updated by Nancy Smith, 8/01.