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The Parkers Car Price Guide is a book that my uncle has been going on about for a number of years. Used by industry folks in the car trade, it lists prices for loads of cars. The team apparently look at over 1.5 million sales each year and list the actual sale prices of the cars, not the windscreen price and so prices are often less than what is advertised. I cannot comment on the accuracy of the prices as most of the cars I have compared to the guide seem to be a lot more expensive than listed in Parkers.
It is a flimsy paperback printed on newspaper magazine-type paper that has a recycled feel to it (not sure if it is, though it feels cheap; but good on them if they are using recycled because you aren't exactly buying this to read in bed). It is published monthly and costs £4.99 currently (as of April 2011 edition).
The contents are:
1) Best buys of the month
2) UK's cheapest new cars
3) Manufacturers promotions - i.e £1,000 off the Jazz this month etc
4) Where to buy - compares dealers, supermarkets, auctions etc on a 1 page table + some pages of text explaining various things
5) Approved used explained - self explanatory
6) Insurance guide - different types of insurance, common pitfalls and some ads
7) Finance advice - guide to different finance schemes
8) Warranties - a quick guide to what is and not covered
9) Uk's most reliable cars
10) How to use guide, with mileage adjustment table and then the lists of prices.
The mileage adjustment table sounds a little complex, but is fairly easy once you get to know how to use it. It details how to adjust the price of the car depending on how many miles it has done, i.e. a car does on average 10,000miles per year. If you are looking at a car that is 5 years old, you expect it to have done 50,000 miles. If it had done 65,000 - it is 15,000 miles over expected and you cn use the table to adjust the Parker's listed price according to the adjustment in the table by its year of manufacture and adjustment letter.
The car prices are listed from 2002 (02 plate) onwards, though prices to 1988 are available online for a charge.
Listings are alphabetical by brand and then each model is listed by size (not alphabetically), which may get a little confusing. Also, the print is TINY and may not be suitable for all (and magnifying glasses may be needed by some older readers). The lists show the prices of the various models and specs of cars as if they were:
2) From a franchised dealer in "used approved schemes"
3) From an independent dealer or car supermarket
4) Private sale price in good condition with MOT and service history
5) Part exchange price
6) Mileage adjustment code for use in the table
There are also some star ratings whcih have been put in by the Parkers team with a small review on the car and market trends with the model.
Overall, I could recommend the book if you are looking for a used car from the last 10 years or so...but only if your eyesight is fairly good!
The reviews of older cars are definitely worth a quick read before hitting the forecourts, however I am less sure about their used car prices. When we looked recently they were all far higher than any cars we were looking at.
why trust a comic that costs £3 when buying a car for thousands of pounds, this book is a complete and utter waste of time.
For anyone who is intending to purchase a new or used car I would wholeheartedly recommend buying Parkers Used & New Car Chooser. This magazine is produced every couple of months and costs £3.30. A bit steep you might be thinking, but you get a lot for your money believe me. This magazine is an essential guide to finding the right car and reviews every popular model. It contains a used car buyer's checklist, giving you a detailed list of what you should do if you see a car in the paper that you think you might like. Firstly: Phone Up Questions to ask: "Tell me about the car" - check that the details tally with the ad "Is there a full service history?" "How long is the MOT?" "How many previous owners?" "Any accident damage?" "Can I drive the car?" (You may need to arrange your own insurance cover) Be polite, but don't bother to view if you get evasive answers. Secondly: Arrange to view Only view the car at a seller's home Take someone with you if you lack confidence A woman should never go alone View in daylight and fine weather Thirdly: Check the Paperwork DVLA Form V5 (Vehicle Registration Document - check it's go a watermark). Don't fall for the "The documents are in Swansea" story. Check it's registered to the person you're visiting, at that address. Check the date of registration, registration number and VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) correspond to the car. These are just a couple of the points mentioned in this secion of the mag but it goes on to explain in detail things that should check on the actual vehicle itself. Now fair enough to someone who is knowledgable about cars, this might all just seem to be common sense, but this is a real help to anyone who is clueless - like myself. The mag also includes - Finding the best
deals, Used v's new?, Importing anew car, Latest models in details, New car prices and options. Each model that is reviewed is given a whole page to itself with a picture of the vehicle being described at the top of the page. It give you the for and against for the car and it is rated on Value, Costs, Reliability, Driving, Performance, Comfort, Image, Safety, Security. It also gives you a breakdown on charges for common parts for the model as well as a Used Spec and Performance & Consumption tables. For anyone who would consider importing a car, this seciton is very in-depth and gives you a big list of do's and dont's. Overall I think that this magazine is absolutely invaluable for anyone looking to purchase either a new or used car. I have found it to be a great help for both myself and other family members
Don't be tempted to buy a car without first doing some research. The first thing you will need to know is what your own car is worth and what is the current value of the car that you are going to buy. How do you do this? You do not have access to the main guide that the motor trade use so what are you going to do? Well the first stop should be the newsagent and ask for the Parkers Price Guide. This is published each month and contains a good guide to the vast majority of cars for sale in the uk. It includes Differing prices depending on condition or mileage amongst other things. Take it with you when you go to buy and you shouldn't go far wrong. It will give you a good idea when the car salesman tries to rip you off.
This is neat little book covering most of the main stream cars for the past ten years. It gives you details of their specification at different points in their lifecycle and tells you an approximate price depending on the condition of the car. This book allows you to make a more informed decision when setting out to buy a second hand car. Although not the most interesting book to read I consider it almost invaluable when looking to buy a new car. It allows you to get an idea of the cars you can buy in your price bracket and compare them on specifications. It also stops you form paying over the odds when you finally find the car you want, however I have found that the prices can be a little optimistic (as in too high). All in a very useful little book, just a shame there aren't any pictures.
I feel that this is a superb guide to buying a car for yourself. Pretty much every model is covered in this magazine, each with a detailed description of possible faults which are common in the car or things to watch out for, such as boy racer abuse. The book gives you the price which the car should be bought at and also, if you get the larger book, a picture of what the car looks like. The prices are very precise and posed of great use to me when i decided to buy a Peugeot 106 Quicksilver. I was in difficulty deciding which car to buy out of two and thus enquired in the Parkers guide. After doing so i was able to detect problems with one of the models and therefore bought the better one. Insurance details are also given which show the average price that you will have to pay in order to ensure your particular type of car, whether it be a small 106 like mine, or a larger car such as the Renault Laguna. Sports models are also included in the manual so you are able to look at what it would cost for you to buy your dream car
Think of buying a second hand car but you don’t now if it is worth the asking price, then you need to buy parkers car price guide. Parker’s car price guide was established in 1972,all prices, data, and specification in this guide have been researched and complied by a specialist, independent team of motor trade experts. The guide it self is very easy to use, it will guide through the steps how to subtract money for the age of the vehicle, the mileage, if there is any scratches, rust, and other factors, then you add up all the figures to give the total price of the vehicle.