Motormouth: The Complete Canadian Car Guide by Zack SpencerMotormouth: The Complete Canadian Car Guide by Zack Spencer

Motormouth: The Complete Canadian Car Guide

byZack Spencer

Paperback | December 28, 2010

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Buying a car is a personal choice that has become a more complex decision because of advances in technology, and reliability issues that are haunting some car makers. Many consumers look to Zack Spencer, the host of Driving Television, for straightforward, no-nonsense, expert advice. In Motormouth, you will find out which vehicles are the safest, most reliable, and best value for your hard-earned dollar. In an easy-to-understand format, you will get:

  • Fuel economy ratings
  • Pros and cons for performance, handling, comfort, and ease-of-use
  • Standard safety features
  • J.D. Power Initial Quality and Dependability scores
  • Base warranty information
  • Engine specifications
  • Pricing for base models
  • Reviews of option packages and trim levels
  • Zack's Top Picks for each category

Zack provides insider buying tips to help you, whether you are buying privately, off the internet, or making the rounds to different dealers. He also advises you on your decision to lease, purchase or finance. At your fingertips are strategies and lessons learned from people's adventures in car buying, some with happy endings and others not-so-happy.

From a fuel-sipping family friendly hauler to a rubber-burning luxury sports car, you can rely on Motormouth 2011 edition for the information you need to make a wise purchase decision. Go prepared and don't get stuck with a lemon. Take Motormouth along for the ride.

Zack Spencer is a Canadian automotive journalist with over 25 years of broadcasting experience and 20 years as an automotive journalist. He is host of the top-rated consumer car show Driving Television. He receives hundreds of calls and emails every month from car owners and buyers seeking his advice. For more information about Zack an...
Title:Motormouth: The Complete Canadian Car GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.39 × 5.35 × 0.79 inPublished:December 28, 2010Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0470964049

ISBN - 13:9780470964040

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Table of Contents

Part One: The Basics.

1: Choices abound—How to find the best vehicle for you.

The modern car.

Subcompacts and compacts.

Mid-size cars.

Full-size models.

Wagons, crossovers and SUVs.

The market trends.

2: Vroooom vrooom.

What powers your vehicle?

The return of the electric car.

The future of fuel cells.

The drivetrain.

Wrapping up.

Part Two: Consider This....

3: Going green and saving money: Myth and reality.

The hybrid: the green option?

Some truths about fuel economy.

Size matters.

Car sharing: a growing popular option to owning.

Think about how much time you're on the road.

4: Buying a safe vehicle.

The vehicle's design and technology are major factors.

5: Cool runnings.

Keyless entry and start.

Heated and cooled seats.

Leather seats.

Of sound and satellites.

6: Now I'm comfy.


Controls and convenience features

Technology beefs.

Part Three: Cost, Value and Doing Your Homework.

7: Buying versus leasing.

Benefits of buying.

Benefits of leasing.

How leasing works.

How the Canadian dollar affects car prices.



Accelerated depreciation.

Beware of additional charges.


The new reality.

8: Making your short list.

What type of vehicle are you looking for?

Safety and comfort features.

Growing consumer awareness.

Part Four: Shopping Around.

9: How to get the most for your current vehicle.

How much is my car worth?

Trade or sell privately?

From the dealer's perspective.

Other factors that affect prices of used vehicles.

Opportunity knocks for older cars.

10: When is the best time to buy?

What it costs to borrow when buying or leasing.

Time to shop around.

11: Making contact.

The antidote to "dealer phobia".

The business is about cars—and people.

12: Why buy Canadian?

Buyer beware always.

Part Five: Finishing Touches.

13: Road tests.

Interior "fit" and finish.

Really drive the car on a test drive.

14: Doing the deal.

Negotiation strategies and the "$500 walk".

Refundable deposits.

Dealership upsells.

You are in charge.

Part SIX: Ratings.

How to Read the Reviews.





Standard safety features.

Average fuel consumption.

Initial quality score.

Dependability score.


Subcompact Category.

Subcompact Cars.

Premium Subcompact Cars.

Compact Category.

Compact Cars.

Premium Compact Cars.

Compact Crossover/Tall Wagons.

Compact SUV/Crossover.

Premium Compact SUV/Crossover.

Mid-Size Category.

Mid-Size Cars.

Premium Mid-Size Cars.

Mid-Size Crossover/Tall.

Mid-Size SUV/Crossover.

Premium Mid-Size SUV/Crossover.

Full-Size Category.

Full-Size Cars.

Premium Full-Size Cars.

Full-Size SUV/Crossover.

Premium Full-Size SUV/Crossover.

Convertible and Coupe Category.

Convertibles Under $35,000.

Convertibles $35,000-$55,000.

Convertibles Over $55,000.

Coupes Under $35,000.

Coupes $35,000-$55,000.

Coupes Over $55,000.

Minivan Category.

Pickup Category.

Compact Pickup.

Mid-Size Pickup.

Full-Size Pickup.

Hybrid Category.