- Great resources and tools
- Great blog about the industry
- Variety of listings
Autoblog describes itself as obsessive about covering the latest news, new car reviews, videos, podcasts, high-quality photography, and new and used car shopping tools in the auto industry.
This review deals with the main blog, but as a sidenote, there are several subdivisions within Autoblog, including:
- Autoblog (main division) - Covering mainstream automotive issues.
- AutoblogGreen - Covering environmental developments and green vehicles within the automotive industry.
- Autoblog Black - Covering the most indulgent, beastly vehicles on the market.
- Autoblog Military - Covering recent developments in different types of military vehicles.
- Autoblog International - Includes Autoblog UK, Autoblog Auf Deutsch, and Autoblog Japan.
Autoblog is chock-full of resources and tools for anyone looking to buy, sell or maintain a new or used car. Site visitors will find nationwide and local listings in the millions for all car makes, models and years. Visitors are provided a comparison tool while searching for cars on price, features, and performance, able to compare up to five cars at a time.
Another good thing is that Autoblog is always current with the latest news in the auto industry with daily, up-to-the-minute trending topics displayed for visitors. Such topics are Cars that Depreciate Slowest and Consumer Reports Best Car Brands. There are many additional resource articles for car owners with news and tips on car repair, gas prices, insurance issues and recalls.
Unlike other websites in the automotive niche that cater specifically to car buyers and sellers, Autoblog's content is great for car hobbyists as well. The site has a page in the video section called The List, an online show on the theme "1001 Car Things to Do Before You Die". As of today, the latest webisode covers item #0100 on the list, which is to drive the Italian Alps. Other List topics recommend cars and all things auto-related, such as the Best of Driving Schools and the Best of Off-Road Racing.
Autoblog does well by offering a payment calculator for car buyers. The tool is designed to help buyers determine how much a car will cost beyond just the sticker price. As it does on other car sites, the payment calculator is a good compliment to the comparison tool. This calculator helps buyers sort through the incentives, rebates, leasing deals and low interest rates. For those for whom it's applicable, the payment calculator also factors in the trade-in value of the old car into the cost calculations. Found under the Book Values in the Used Car category, Autoblog's Trade-in tool helps buyers find used car trade in, resell, certified pre-owned and retail values of used vehicles based on the condition, mileage, and other factors of the car sale.