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How To Write A Good Motors Review
Member Name: aefra
How To Write A Good Motors Review
Date: 15/12/02, updated on 15/12/02 (125 review reads)
Advantages: Lots to write about, I promise I will read you
The Motors category tends not to receive the reviews it could do. Bearing in mind the dooyoo site has been quieter until recently, it only receives 1.5 reviews a day. That is the average over the last month.... before you dive in to see if there are lots of half-finished ops. Yet there is so much scope for the writer here, even for those who still think that Top Gear is a millinery programme. From your first £200 much-prized banger, through the company Mondeo to the nifty little sports number that you have waited all your life for, the motor car is an important part of most of our lives.
Could it be that -as I am with music reviews - you think that this is not a subject you can write about competently? As Motors guide I see a reasonable proportion of crowns awarded; not necessarily to writers who spend their spare time between changing gear boxes for the fun of it and reading Auto Trader from cover to cover. Parked on your drive, in your garage or on the road outside your home is the object of a wealth of useful information for others who are looking for a car or motor bike. All the ingredients for an opinion that will help someone else make up their mind about a replacement vehicle. So what makes a good Motors review?
You won't need to be knowledgeable about the mechanics, but do tell us what size engine you have and how many miles per gallon of fuel it runs on. It is nice that you wax lyrical about the alloy wheels, the dashboard cup holder and the cigar lighter in the back; but how comfortable are you when driving any distance and do you find the controls and display easy to use? Is there something particularly attractive about them or otherwise? If you feel happy or worried when cornering or you find the rear vision impossible for parking, let us know. Have a look around the car and you will remember if it has air conditioning, electric windows and a sunroof. What are the things which you like or not about the luggag
e space, does it have power assisted steering and ABS and do these matter to you?
Ask yourself if you have any little niggles which may, or may not, matter to the reader. Perhaps the lovely big boot has a spare wheel in the wrong place, or is so high that you have difficulty lifting heavy shopping into it. These are not necessary items of information, but give you an idea how much there is of use to talk about.
Have a think about what is important to you when thinking of your car. We all look for different aspects when buying something which, however much or little it costs, takes a fair proportion of our income or savings. Since I no longer have a tame and enthusiastic mechanic at home, it doesn't matter how lovable a car is if the owner is on his 3rd head gasket. I just need something unsophisticated which starts in the morning, makes me feel happy driving it and keeps going for a few years with a regular basic service. Others are looking for a petrol-driven partner which they can spend their sunday mornings tinkering with. If yours is just used for shopping, there is still a great deal you can say about it. Honestly!
An opinion does not have to have length to be a good informative read. However, the Motors category gives you a chance to let rip. Cars (and motor bikes) have so much potential personal information behind them. You can tell us why you chose this make/model, how it makes you feel driving it and that the room in the back is so tight that Aunt Bessie and her shopping needed to be jemmied out again. If this is your first diesel-engined motor tell us whether you find it noisy or whether it has been a pleasant surprise. Perhaps you like the shape so much you have to keep going out to look at it. We would like to know if you find the car reliable, expensive or not to maintain and if you have found the bodywork prone to rust. Is your beloved motor a make that most people think is crap, but you disagree
I will just touch here on the appearance of an opinion which is enjoyable to read as well as informative. Keep an eye on the spelling and spaces between paragraphs. For the many dooyooers who spend a lot of time reading others' reviews, that lack of spacing becomes weary on the eyes after a while. Most of us wouldn't downrate an opinion for the odd spelling mistake or typo, but consistent mistakes break the flow and become hard work to read. If you write your review in Word or on MS Wordpad you can relax and tittivate to your heart's content, before copying and pasting into dooyoo.
Of course the above is not a mandatory list, but hopefully a guide to which you can add some imagination. Whether you are a Jeremy Clarkson fan, a boy racer or just use your car for the school run, there are great possibilities for a good review. Go sit in your car, take it for a run round the block and wonder why you haven't written about it before. Ask yourself what you would want to know before you parted with your hard saved cash, add a little of yourself and I promise I shall read your op.
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