Try going to some of the online sites to do your research like www.carsmagazine.com , Kelly Blue Book www.kbb.com and www.nada.org.
What to do BEFORE you visit a dealership showroom
Decide what type of vehicle will best meet your needs.
Determine your monthly budget.
Remember that every $1,000 you finance represents $20-$25 in monthly payments on a 60 month loan
Keep in mind that additional costs exist and plan for them - costs such
as sales tax, title or registration fees, and possible changes in
monthly insurance payments
Make a list of "wants and needs" - divide your list into features
that you can't live without vs. features that you'd like only if your
Gather information on various models.
Talk to friends, family, co-workers and insurance agents
Read car brochures, automotive magazines and automotive sections of local newspapers
Visit your local library to research the information you will need or search the internet
Compare which vehicles offer the features you need as standard
equipment or as an option. Research safety features such as air bags
and anti-lock brakes, as well as comfort and convenience options. Then
evaluate your wants and needs versus your budget.
Research opportunities such as cash rebates and special promotions by
calling dealerships, manufacturers or reading automotive sections of
local newspapers. A list of rebates from every manufacturer is
available through Automotive News, a publication also found at your
Approximate the wholesale/retail value of your "used" car.
Acquaint yourself with the prevailing interest rate on a car loan from
your local bank or credit union (if you have access to one).