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Consumer Reports launches Canadian New Car Price Reports
Consumer Reports' Canadian New Car Price Reports are now available online at www.crcanadacars.org. This marks the first time Consumer Reports has offered Canada-specific price and incentive information, even though the organization has been providing U.S.-based vehicle information for 10 years with its Canadian Extra print supplements and online links. Pricing is US$29.95 for one report, US$39.95 for two reports and US$49.95 for four reports.
The Consumer Reports Bottom Line Price, included in the Canadian New Car Price Reports, is based on expert analysis of constantly changing, often unpublicized new-car rebates and incentives. Knowing the Bottom Line Price levels the playing field between consumers and dealers, helping car shoppers get the best price on a new vehicle. Moreover, the reports will include reliability information compiled from Consumer Reports' annual survey of U.S. car owners. This year the owners of more than one million cars responded to the survey.
"There was an information void in Canada," said Rob Gentile, director of Consumer Reports' Auto Price Service. "Canadian new- car buyers could only rely on Consumer Reports' U.S. pricing data, which did not correlate well. But now our Canadian New Car Price Reports will give Canadians the most accurate new-car price information based on local information, in addition to unparalleled testing data."
TOP 10 CANADIAN 'BEST DEALS'
For those who want to quickly shop for substantially discounted cars that Consumer Reports rates well in terms of reliability and performance, a list of up to 10 'Canadian Best Deals' will be posted at www.crcanadacars.org and updated monthly.
About 300,000 (6%) of Consumer Reports' more than 6,000,000 print and online subscribers are located in Canada. "We'd like to see that number grow substantially," said Jerry Steinbrink, vice-president of publishing. "Canadians are the first of what we hope to be many more international consumers to benefit from what Consumer Reports does best: Test, inform and protect."
Consumer Reports developed its Bottom Line Price as a new approach to help car shoppers cut through the confusion of buying a car. The Bottom Line Price takes into consideration what the dealer actually paid for a car, plus all incentives and rebates, to provide consumers with an accurate number at which to start negotiating.
Consumers Union is a member of Consumers International, the London-based voice of the international consumer movement on issues such as product and food standards, health and patients' rights, the environment and sustainable consumption, and the regulation of international trade and public utilities. Learn more at http://www.consumersinternational.org.
Posted Sept. 29, 2006