Step 3: Provide More Details
If the vehicle is new, you're asked to pick a color and a few options you may be interested in. The tool will whittle down the pool of vehicles as you select the options. For example, if you have your heart set on a red car, click on that color and the list will rearrange itself to show only red cars that are available.
For used vehicles, the tool will ask you whether you want to appraise the car for a trade-in or find cars for sale nearby. You can also filter it to show certified pre-owned vehicles.
Step 4: Take Action
When you've made your selections, the page will display a short list of vehicles that meet your selected prerequisites. The listings also display the dealerships. Some vehicles will be marked as having an Edmunds Special Offer. This means that the car is eligible for an instant competitive price quote, which you'll see when you click on the "View Price Now" button. That price will be honored when you visit the dealership. These offers eliminate the hassle of negotiating.
Not all dealers list the price of the car. You have a couple of options at this point. You can either request an Internet price quote or call the dealer to verify the price, color and options on the vehicle. If you call, ask for the Internet sales manager. Also, make a note of the vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle you are asking about. These are displayed for each car on the Edmunds inventory pages. The VIN will help the salesperson locate the car more quickly.