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Webwatch: All the information you need on used cars

PARKERS Used Car Guide online is full of everything you will need to scope out the potential value of used cars.

Essentially, the Parkers’ site is a huge database of car information, allowing the user to search for a car of their specification.

It is also a brand within the Emap Automotive portfolio, alongside Fleet News.

The homepage splash is a bit hectic, opting out of a left side menu (standard on most websites) and choosing to display most of its links over the front of the home page. However, there is still a horizontal top menu if you start to get lost as well as a site map link at the bottom of the page.

The used car search engine function works smoothly, offering many options after the search is complete – including a pricing archive.

Other aspects of the site the user could take advantage of included finance and insurance quotes from third parties, SMS messaging with prices and car history checks.

A database of tried and tested car reviews is available – either from Parkers itself or from customers who bought the cars – a neat trick that adds an excellent, added dimension to a car review site.

A forum is also available on the site –‘the place to go for car debates, tips, chat, and even the odd bit of controversy’ – which allows users to share tips and opinions with each other online and allowing for some pre-purchase research.

There is an array of guides on offer online as well, including buying secrets, a breakdown guide and an import guide as well as others.

The overall layout of the site is a little muddled, but because so much information and advice is available, lack of room may be used as an excuse.

The lowdown

The site: www.parkers.co.uk

We like:

  • If you are a fleet manager of a company that sells used cars to its staff then Parkers is the place to go for opinion and information

    We don’t like

  • At times navigation seems a little taxing
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