Consumer review sites are possibly the most-often used tool that curious shoppers use to decide which product is best for them.Â¬â€ Most of us have probably read them to decide on a new cell phone, computer, or another gadget.Â¬â€ But what about cars?
OpinionAuto.com wants to step in for that.Â¬â€ The site itself isn’t a review site, per se, but more of an aggregator of sites around the Web that post consumer opinions about cars.Â¬â€ Vehicles vary in number of reviews with later models generally having more reviews than older ones.
For instance, looking up a 2000 Honda Civic, I find 44 reviews, most of which give the car five stars.Â¬â€ Moving to a newer 2007 Civic, I find 180 reviews, most of which still give the car five stars.
The OpinionAuto site is very easy to use, acting mainly as a search engine.Â¬â€ Just enter your car’s name, make, and model year (or as much as you do know) and a list of possible matches appears.
In this case, I entered “Honda Civic” and got matches for the make and model with possible years ranging all the way back to 1977.Â¬â€ Each match shows the number of reviews it has, so you can see that, say, 1977 only has one review while 1997 has 21 and so forth.Â¬â€ Click on the year bring sup the star ratings (1-5) and number/percentage of reviews which gave it that number of stars.Â¬â€ You can also read through individual reviews from there.
Caveat emptor, of course, since the reviews are by owners and users around the Internet and may or may not be accurate.Â¬â€ Purchasing something as expensive as a car, I’d probably be more apt to stick to the Consumer Reports ratings, but that’s just me.Â¬â€ Maybe crowd sourcing your next vehicle purchase is for you.Â¬â€ In that case, OpinionAuto might be your ticket.