Whether you’re buying a used model or a brand new one, choosing a new car can be tricky – especially if you can’t tell a Golf from a Ford Focus. That’s why so many people rely on consumer reviews to narrow down their choice when searching for a new vehicle.
But with so many customer car review sites out there, where do you start? Keep reading to find out which consumer review websites you can trust, and other great places to find car reviews.
Consumer car reviews
One of the best places to read consumer car reviews online is Auto Trader, the UK’s leading motoring magazine. For nearly 40 years, car owners have been buying and selling vehicles through the magazine and, more recently, its website. Auto Trader car reviews are especially useful, as they’re written by a mix of experts and car owners, so you get a broad range of opinions. And if you want to rate your own car, you simply need to give it a star rating out of five and submit a few comments.
Another very useful website is RoadTestReports.co.uk. Here, you’ll be able to browse road tests of major vehicles, old and new. Each report includes notes on handling, performance, quality and reliability, safety and security, ownership and value, and space and practicality. What’s more, there are also a range of consumer reviews of cars and vans, so you can hear more from the people that actually drive these vehicles every day. Watch out for their Test Drive Guide too, which gives you a few tips on what to look for.
Honest John has been one of the UK’s most respected motoring advice gurus for decades, with a column in the Daily Telegraph since 1995. And his website, HonestJohn.co.uk, is teeming with clear and accessible car reviews. You can browse car reviews by Honest John himself, but there’s also a handy owners’ reviews section featuring reports by consumers. Conveniently, there’s a running table of the best reviewed models as well.
You’ll find even more owners’ reviews at Parkers, one of the motoring industry’s most respected names. On Parkers’ website, you can browse consumer reviews by manufacturer and model, or submit your own review if you want to share an experience. And for another great hub of consumer reviews, try Cars.com, where vehicles are ranked by top user ratings.
Consumers’ favourite car review sites
Consumer reviews can be a fantastic way to get insight into a particular car model or manufacturer. But when you’ve narrowed down your choice, it’s helpful to read what the experts have to say too. Top Gear’s website, for instance, is very popular with lovers of this iconic BBC show thanks to the extra videos and games it hosts. But even if you’re not a fan, Top Gear car reviews and road tests are thorough and worth checking out if your desired model is listed.
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