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What Car Magazine is the biggest car mag you can buy, one of the more pricey to. I've read it on and off for years, the New and Used car data section is the biggest you can get, and is jam packed full of info.
The rest of the mag is a mix of news, Road Tests and consumer reports. I always feel the road tests are a little 'clinical' and lack the emotional descriptions of other car mags such as Autocar.
Also I feel that its a magazine that isnt good value every month, as you are always paying for the New and Used Car data section, which takes up almost half the pages. Lets face it this data doesnt differ greatly month to month.
This also adds to the bulk of paper, definately not too environmentally friendly.
Whether magazines like this will survive as more internet based reading takes off is open to discussion...
If you are in the market for a new or used car it is important to get advice from a number of sources. If you have a friend in the know then that's good for you but many haven't. In this case there is plenty of advice out there but whom do you trust? There are many opinion channels including those like Ciao who offer good hopefully unbiased advice but in the plethora of car magazines on the newsagents shelf who can you trust.
For many years when it has got time to renew my company car I have bought a couple of consecutive copies of What Car and used its articles to point me in the right direction. The road test reports it carries have varying levels of thoroughness and depth. There are short first drive reports and much longer first impression reports, there are articles of 'What's new' in which recent or about to be launched models are previewed. The Group Tests which What Car does are very useful and it is always worth looking out for an edition of What Car when such a group test covers the type of vehicle (eg roadster, executive car, supermini etc) you will potentially buy.
However it does not stop there as cars are subject to further analysis as they age and updates on the progress of cars are frequently covered at 30k, 50k or even 100k miles. Finally there is useful and realistic advice given for those who will be buying second hand. The back of the magazine carries comprehensive data on every variant of every model on sale in the UK and this data details the equipment levels, option costs, economy, performance and even the running costs of all the new cars.
My advice is if you are in the market to change your car then get a copy of What Car to help you.
I have been an auto-buff for years now. In fact one of my hobbies is to collect car magazines and read them again and again. When I was in India, every month I got myself Autocar India, BSMotoring and Overdrive. But it was when I came to London an year ago that I had to decide which magazine should I buy and read. Auto-journalism in UK is big business, which means there are many many car magazines published out each month. Deciding which one was the best was a tough decision, but a fruitful one nevertheless. After 2 months of research did I find the perfect magazine for myself, and that was What Car? So let's see how this car magazine fares in the different departments: Packaging and Style This is the first thing that strikes you when you are out to buy any magazine?How does it look and feel? Cover design: *** I personally don?t love the cover of WhatCar?, and there are many reasons behind this?firstly, its too repetitive to see month after month a white cover with ?W-H-A-T-C-A-R-? written in big red letters and colourful cars on it standing in the same pose as in the last issue. Secondly, its too cluttered with way too many headings of articles and small photographs and insets being stuffed into one page. Nah, they could certainly improve their presentation on the cover front. So identical is the layout of the covers that every month having almost the same looking magazine in your hand isn't that exciting. Style inside: ****Open the magazine and you are in for a surprise. WhatCar? Is very very classy in terms of its presentation and style of photographs, advertisements, text and gives a general feeling that there is a lot to read inside. The quality of the paper used is again fabulous and there?s no cost-cutting involved anywhere. Colours are bright and vibrant at best which makes for a delightful reading. Content All-right. The magazine looks good, but what use will i t be if there is nothing to re
ad in it. Isn't it. We'll rate WhatCar? By its different sections, as one goes through the magazine to give you an insight into how good the regular features are: WhatCar This Month: ** This is one of the first pages (after contents) of the magazine and has the editor's comments on the issue. In the 12 issues that I have read, its been one of the most professional and the most boring columns in the magazine. Nothing worthwile, turn to next page. WhatCar First Sight:**** As the name indicates, this section is usually12-20 pages long and has detailed insight into the soon-to-be-launched cars. The section starts off with news and first drives of any latest/ path-breaking models due to be launched and ends with small road-tests of newly launched engine-variants of the older cars(model updates, in short). The content is very detailed, technical, written in plain English and gives you just the exact picture. Ratings are given to every car so that the review doesen?t leave the reader in the dark. WhatCar NewsDesk:*** Again, as the name goes, this section contains news from around the UK on the topical issues, like on congestion charges, import and internet news, new insurance schemes, new speed cameras, and developments in any branch of car production etc. My only gripe is that this section is very short-winded and could do with more length (it lasts just 4-6 pages) WhatCar Deals and Car Price Index:*** In the UK, in addition to dealers, cars can be bought directly from brokers, importers, supermarkets and dealers, which results in owners getting massive discounts on their new cars. So we have a whole page dedicated to these owners. Nothing special about it, but good to read to know the general market trend. The Car Price Index is just a comparison of prices of cars in different classes to their prices last month. Very technical again and great if you wanna know the general m arket trend. WhatCar Group Tests:***
* What Car has an exciting way to test every new car launched ? it directly pits it against the 4-5 best competitors in the respective class and perform a group test. The tests are long, very descriptive, exhausting, technical and you feel wiser after every test you read. N each magazine, there are about 4-5 group tests, which ensure that you are glued to the mag for hours.Ratings are given to each car in each department and the cumulative rating brings out a clear winner. Overall, the test-method is very logical and fool-proof. The layout is flawless, quality of photographs better than that in any car?s brochure and content is spot-on.Impressive!!!! WhatCar Q&A:*** The name again says it all- 2 pages of owner?s queries is what this section is all about. The solutions given are logical, but this part is very short-winded again, and could agin do with some more length. WhatCar Helpline:***** Probably one of the best and the most eye-opening articles ever attempted in auto-journalism, WhatCar Helpline is a helpline run by WhatCar to help the owners who have been duped by the dealers, manufacturers, brokers or on the internet. Here, owners send queries on how they were being refused help or required to pay extra or were duped by this dealer/broker. WhatCar then acts as an advocate from the owner?s side and makes sure that the owner gets full justice. Doesen?t this sound great?an auto magazine out on the way to help automobile owners...it surely does and it is!!! 3 Cheers to WhatCar for this feature. (This feature is a regular and is usually 6-8 pages long describing 10-12 incidents of owners in distress and how they were helped by WhatCar). WhatCar Special Features:***** Now, this section of the magazine is again one of the most innovative ones. Each month, the reader gets 30-40 page long insight into cars and their features. E.g. In Jan 2003, there were two special features:Comfort Test 2003 and Crash Tests. Each of these investigation
s are being carried out on every car in the UK, ratings are given and class winners are announced. I have loved each one of them till now, but my personal fave is WhatCar Awards, which will be out next month (WhatCar Awards are the awards given to class-winners annually?they are fun to read because of their flawless layout and spot-on judgement.) WhatCar Personal Shopper:***** A fabulous feature yet again, this one is a 3-page long story of a family (a new one every month) on a lookout for a very specific vehicle, and how along with WhatCar, they find the best car. Nicely written up and fun to read. What Car Our Cars:***** A flawless feature yet again, this one is actually a long-term update of all the cars that the magazine?s editorial team has?wonderfully written up, technical and detailed!!! What Car Buyers Guide:***** This accounts for more than 200 pages in the magazine, and without doubt is one of Britain's most comprehensive car buyer?s guide. Firstly, it has the list of all the vehicles on sale in UK in chronological order with immense detail and prices on every variant being given. Next up is the depreciation index which tells you your car?s worth four years down the line. Then comes price and tax index which lets you calculate company car tax, then comes used car price tables and then there are 20-30 pages of car-supermarkets and the latest deals on cars by dealers etc. Very detailed, constantly updated and the most complete feature I have ever come across!!! Price WhatCar? Costs £3.60 for the monthly regular issue, and is great value for money because, in addition to the regular 340-350 page magazine every month you get extra supplements every month like Top 100 Used Car Bargains, Hot 100 New Cars, Used Car Of the Year, Diesel Car of the Year and many more..... Overall Time to sum up...and I am confused on what to say...there is no doubt that I would recommend this one to every one of you...it is ve
ry complete..but there is one problem and that isthis magazine doesnt have much of repeat value, I mean its not the sort of magazine that you will pick up once its gone into the shelf, and there are two reasons for it. Firstly, WhatCar is, as its tagline says The Only Plain English Car Magazine, which means no naughty one-liners, no stylish words and just plaaaaaaaaain text, and secondly, each and every issue is so complete in itself that you doubt why you preserved the last one.... But yes, I repeat this, What Car provides you with the most unbiased, logical, detailed and easy-to-follow information on British cars that no other car magazine can beat..... For more information, visit WhatCar on web at www.whatcar.com Comments are awaited like always.....
Buying a car is one of the most expensive purchases most people are going to make so the publishers have made a magazine which makes buying a new car much easier that any other mag in the country. It contains the most popular cars in the UK e.g. Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 206,Toyota Yaris and one of my faviroutes, Fiats wonder car the Punto!! The contenders are nicely laid out beside one another, and then the test is started!. The cars are marked out of 5 for each rating. The cars are tested for the following. Performance . Ride and handling . Refinement . Behind the wheel . Equipment . Space . Reliability . Safety . Security . Buying and owning Q&A Q and A is a brilliant way to have your problems answered and discussed with the whole of England!. HELPLINE Helpline is a excellent way to share your sorrows with the whole of the UK it is normally people who have written in and explained about there new car which is to expensive for the guarantee to be covering them etc etc Top 20 Buying tips The top 20 buying tips are a brilliant way to make sure you are getting the best deal from your dealer and make sure you are not paying out money which will not add value to your vehicle e.g. special trim body kits and special colours which dealers may talk you into buying do not add value to your vehicle when it comes to re sell!. Trouble Shooting Trouble shooting is a extremely helpful and easy way to give you information on how to get your money back etc if the asking price is higher than the figure on the order form.
New Car Tables The new car tables give you a quick idea of what you are going to get for your money and what you can have as extras and what they are going to cost The following information is given on nearly every new car in the Book . What car verdict . On the road price . . Cost per mile . Maximum service cost . Insurance group/typical quote . Retained value (after 3years/36,000 miles . Official/extra urban . Official combined . What car touring rate . Road test date . . 0-60MPH(SECS) . 30-70mph(secs) . Maximum speed . 30-0mph(metres) . 70-0mph(metres) . Engine type/size(cc) . Power bhp/rpm . Kerb weight . Tow weight max . Automatic box . Metallic paint . Air conditioning /Climate control . Manual/Electric sunroof . Power steering . Central/Remote locking . Deadlocks . Alarm/ immobiliser . Driver/passenger airbag Side airbags. Abs brakes Traction control Cruise control . Front/rear power windows . Power wing mirrors/heated wing mirrors . Hands free phone . Satellite navigation . Radio cassette/RDS . Single cd player/multi disc cd player . Manual/Elec seat adjust . Leather seats . Split fold rear seats This magazine is priced at a brilliant price of only £3.20 which can be bought at any good newsagents and the occasional corner shop and most supermarkets I enjoy reading this magazine because I like to know the latest news in each and every model launched in Britain .I am interested in the stats of cars and there equipment etc I would have no problems of completely recommending this to anyone who likes a good read and enjoys reading about the latest equipment and models etc
Brilliant magazine, an essential buy for a mere female like me. It gives you invaluable tips on how to buy or sell a car and not get ripped off. It provides up to date prices. miles per gallon, speeds in 0-60, extras/gadgets and even boot space compared to hatchback. It's a great guide if you aren't sure what price you could sell you car at, avoiding overpricing and not getting any interested buyers! This magazine provided a Web Guide 2001 which is an invaluable hot guide to cyperspace.It saves a trip to the local showrooms, or ringing around garages or insurance companies. Why spend time traisping around or having a phone stuck to your ear when you can browse at your leisure, not be bullied into a decision and sit comfortably in your own home. It lists a wide range of websites for buying brand new cars from maufacturers, how to 'net' a bargain, for arranging a loan, loads of insurance companies to compare the quotes. If you need help with the maintenance of your car when it needs repairing it provides endless websites for companies that offer advice, or accessories you desire. How about help with planning your journey or advice on child seats and in-car toys to keep the little ones comfortable and amused during your journey. You certainly will speand a lot of time surfing the net with the help of this magazine, it offers a comprehensive unbiased range of websites and Top Tips to avoid heartache or disappointment. This is one to keep for the future should I need their help again.
What Car has always been a magazine that was worth reading occaisionally if you wanted to keep an eye on the car market. For instance, if you're looking to buy a 2 or 3 year old second hand car, there aren't many magazines which will give you a thorough review of whats available. Used Car Buyer is one possibility, and you can pick up scraps of information from car price guides like Parkers. You can get some back issues to read an old review, but that?s quite an expensive passtime. However, with the coming of the internet, a lot of this information is available more easily. You can quite a bit of the content of What Car at www.whatcar.com, as well as pretty much everything from Auto Express at www.autoexpress.co.uk. Fleet News is also worth following at http://www.events.co.uk/fleetnews/start.htm. You can get specifications and new and second hand prices from a lot of WWW sites. What Car is still worth buying in spite of this for occaisional features, and for the useful section highlighting problems with newish cars, and how to sort things out. However, if you can wait a month or two, then the best articles (eg the recent one on child seat safety) appear on the WWW site for free in any case. To summarise, What Car is still pretty good, but its over £3 an issue and you can get the same or similar information for less on the internet.
I have bought a lot of What Car magazines over the years and I will by this months as soon as i can find it. I don't by every month as it isn't quite up to date and i found that the weekly magzines such as Autocar and Autoexpress are better for up to date news through the week. However, if you want to learn about newq car specifictaio and prices there is NO better magazine. It has a very comprehensive data section at the back of such quality that no ther magazine has come close to it for usefulness. For car buyers this the best possible buy. For those who are just looking for gossip and industry news, like I usually am, then try CAR.
What car is an invaluable magazine for anyone considering buying a new car, or even a second hand car. I have only felt the need to buy this magazine on three occasions, and that was when I was, buying a new car. But it did help me to decide, on the best possible car for my needs. What car features plenty of road tests, and reports. The best section is at the back, where it lists every single new car, it tells you how much it costs, how many miles to the gallon it does, what the 0-60m.p.h time is, what extras you get, and even how much boot space there is. For people who want to buy a used car, it gives up to date, prices for used cars, this is a must, so you don’t end up paying more than you should have. It also has a really good directory telling you about insurance companies, spare parts and even places where you can buy specialist car parts. This magazine is a must for anybody buying a new or used car.