What do you think of Mumsnet Cars? Tell us, and you could win a portable sat nav

(81 Posts)
AlexMumsnetCars (MNHQ) Wed 03-Apr-13 14:32:01

Mumsnet Cars is a few months shy of its first birthday, so in preparation for the big day we'd like to take this chance to look at how it works for you and find out what you think of it.
 
We'd like your opinions so we can make sure it does everything you want it to. So if you've ever used it - or didn't even know it was there - now's the time to take a look and let us know what you think of it.
 
All your thoughts would be really helpful, although it would be particularly useful to hear your opinions on any of the following:
 
Have you ever looked at Mumsnet Cars? Did you know it was there?
How easy is it to find the information you want on it?
What sort of information are you most likely to be looking for at Mumsnet Cars?
What do you think of both the range and quality of the content Mumsnet Cars currently has to offer (car reviews, used car valuations, news and advice)?
What are we missing?
 
Everyone who posts their comments below by 15 April 2013 will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a TomTom Via 135 Europe portable sat nav worth £150. This device covers the UK and the rest of Europe, and includes voice-control, Bluetooth connection for your mobile phone and TomTom's Lifetime Map update package, worth £80. 

Oooooh, nice! Didn't know that was there but very impressed. Have done a review & everything & will try to remember it's there for when our car dies.

BoysWillGrow Wed 03-Apr-13 20:18:10

Have you ever looked at Mumsnet Cars? Did you know it was there?
No and yes.

How easy is it to find the information you want on it?
Very easy

What sort of information are you most likely to be looking for at Mumsnet Cars?
info on second hand cars only, average cost, reliability of certain models.

What do you think of both the range and quality of the content Mumsnet Cars currently has to offer (car reviews, used car valuations, news and advice)?
A good range.

What are we missing?
Couldn't really say until I went through whilst looking for a new car.

LentilAsAnything Wed 03-Apr-13 20:25:14

Have you ever looked at Mumsnet Cars? Did you know it was there?
No, didn't know it was there.

How easy is it to find the information you want on it?
Easy, depending on what you are looking for, I guess.

What sort of information are you most likely to be looking for at Mumsnet Cars?
User reviews and expert reviews.

What do you think of both the range and quality of the content Mumsnet Cars currently has to offer (car reviews, used car valuations, news and advice)?
Looks really good. I'm just not in the market for a car at the moment, so unlikely to use it for a long time.

What are we missing?
Car competitions? smile
MNers wanting to sell their car?

sharond101 Wed 03-Apr-13 20:43:36

Have you ever looked at Mumsnet Cars? Did you know it was there?
I didn't know it was there but would have checked if we were intending on buying a new car.

How easy is it to find the information you want on it?
I looked up the model of car we currently own and it was very easy.

What sort of information are you most likely to be looking for at Mumsnet Cars?
I would be looking to find out the safety features, reliability and how much room it has as we have a baby and a dog to fit in, with all the equipment which comes alongside.
What do you think of both the range and quality of the content Mumsnet Cars currently has to offer (car reviews, used car valuations, news and advice)?
I was suitably impressed and always like to read non biased reviews.

What are we missing?
A search facility where you can enter in how many seats you need, 3 or 5 door, how much boot space you need, budget etc and the search comes back with which cars fit your profile.

eteo Wed 03-Apr-13 20:53:24

I had not look into it yet.
I like to know how to choose the second hand car and what to avoid/safety when selling your car privately.

twotrackmind Wed 03-Apr-13 21:09:16

Have you ever looked at Mumsnet Cars? Did you know it was there?
No and no!
How easy is it to find the information you want on it
Pretty straightforward. Would be good to be able to search by car name. Mumsnet review I looked at was very brief.
What sort of information are you most likely to be looking for at Mumsnet Cars?
Reviews of second-hand cars. Detailed safety info (don't like how te Whatcar reviews conflate alarms with safety).
What do you think of both the range and quality of the content Mumsnet Cars currently has to offer (car reviews, used car valuations, news and advice)? Fine except for short mumsnet reviews.
What are we missing?
Need more user reviews - hopefully they will come with time!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Wed 03-Apr-13 21:12:16

It's ok, but there are always car magazines here which have much more detailed information so I probably wouldn't bother looking at it.

There is nothing about used cars, which is probably what most people on here are looking at.

It looks and feels a bit amateurish, a bit like a one man band website.

Sorry blush

MothershipG Wed 03-Apr-13 21:18:35

I came on last year when I was looking for a new car and used it as a starting point but then went onto the more comprehensive car sites for more info. I clicked through to the which car site quite a lot.

I posted a review of my old car while I was looking.

But as other users have there is not enough traffic to make it really useful.

Now I have a new car I have no need for this bit of MN so haven't been on it since.

Fast Wed 03-Apr-13 21:29:53

I vaguely remember looking at MNC before but I think it might have been when a previous survey/ competition was running.
It's not a part of MN that I would browse for fun like I do other topics so kind of forget it's there.
Interesting reviews and video clips would make me more likely to use it in future but only if I was actually considering buying a new car at the time.

i am another who didn't know it was there but have now looked and would use it in future.

if i was looking for a new car i'd use it but i'm not so it remains not in my field of interest i guess.

will remember it's there though and use/recommend when appropriate.

Have you ever looked at Mumsnet Cars? Did you know it was there?

No and no.

How easy is it to find the information you want on it?

Fairly easy.

What sort of information are you most likely to be looking for at Mumsnet Cars?

Reviews from other MNetters - everything else I would look at a specialist car site for.

What do you think of both the range and quality of the content Mumsnet Cars currently has to offer (car reviews, used car valuations, news and advice)?

Reasonable range, but things like the 7 seater car feature - it really doesn't give any information to discriminate between the cars so is not very useful and an article on the top 10 7 seaters seems a bit much - surely top 3 would be better.

What are we missing?

Expert advice - like a webchat with an expert on haggling or selecting the right car for you.

olivertheoctopus Wed 03-Apr-13 22:48:48

Used it recently but just don't think it gets enough 'traffic' (pardon the pun) to be of much use. Response to posts is pretty low and I couldn't find reviews of the cars I wanted info about. Like someone said above, mums need info like 'can you fit 3 car seats along the back row/can you fit buggy X into the boot' etc. not the sort of info you can readily get on the likes of Autotrader and if more people could be persuaded to write up their cars and what works/doesn't work for them it would be a much more useful resource.

olivertheoctopus Wed 03-Apr-13 22:51:08

Ps I can't see any need for things like price to be on there as Autotrader more than has that covered. It's the practical day to day stuff that you can't find out elsewhere which would be beneficial.

lisad123everybodydancenow Wed 03-Apr-13 23:34:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Iamcountingto3 Thu 04-Apr-13 00:01:41

Have you ever looked at Mumsnet Cars? Did you know it was there?
Yes, I used it a lot (alongside What Car, Top Gear reviews and others) when choosing a new car a couple of month back
How easy is it to find the information you want on it?
Reviews were good, detailed and helpful. Could have done with more, of course....

What sort of information are you most likely to be looking for at Mumsnet Cars?
I wanted feedback on how the car was to drive, practicality, cost of servicing/actual MPG, experience of owndership etc.

What do you think of both the range and quality of the content Mumsnet Cars currently has to offer (car reviews, used car valuations, news and advice)?
I only looked at the reviews tbh - wasn't aware of anything else. Not sure I'd expect used car valuations to be on a par with others.

What are we missing?

Is there an option to put in your requirements and get recommendations/if you like x, have you considered y? - tend to find those helpful

Iamcountingto3 Thu 04-Apr-13 00:04:56

Oh, and having a had a very quick look again - a minor usability point. Once you click through into a car type (SUV, say) you can't then search for a particular model - they're all A-z listed. Need that option on the page...

steppemum Thu 04-Apr-13 00:07:05

Didn't know it was there, never looked.

We have an ancient second hand car and not looking to replace it yet, so no need to look at it.

When we do replace it, TBH, mumsnet isn't the first place I would look!

nextphase Thu 04-Apr-13 02:43:21

looked once.
Very few reviews on the cars I was interested in (small family cars, so nothing really unusual). So wouldn't go back.

Although, if you had a section of what pushchairs would fit in what small cars ( ie what doubles fit in the back of a yarris) that would have been invaluable for me.

I didn't know about the car section but then, living with 2 car nuts, all day to day info is readily available so I haven't been looking. Probably noticed this now as for the first time in 9 yrs I might be in the market for a new car.

Is it easy to find the info I want? No. I was looking for a summary of the specs or at least a link and didn't find it until I looked at the bottom of the What Car? Page. That was after looking at the main page and then the MN page. It should be on the front page with the model details imo.

I am most likely to look at the reviews from other real people not 'expert' journos. The Mn reviews were good where they were available. I am, for example, reconsidering the Megane as there isn't a lot if room in the back for even smaller children and as I a very likely to be ferrying around 6 ft tall teenage boys before I change cars again, this is the kind of info I need.

Haven't looked at anything but a couple of different car reviews so don't really know about the range of info available but I was disappointed that the first car I tried to look at wasn't there (only a Citroen DS4 so not a fancy car like the Porsche 911 or Lamborghini which are there).

Will defo look some more but don't find it comprehensive enough yet to be my sole or main source of info.

Joycey29 Thu 04-Apr-13 06:34:32

Didn't even know about it and have been searching sites since Jan!
Used the -product - car - threads to get info from other people. Can the two be linked?? It was so useful to ask questions from an owner and helped stop a costly mistake.
Just bought my new car and loving it - off to do a review .....

goodtoesnaughtytoes Thu 04-Apr-13 06:58:19

I didn't know about it but I only access MN on my IPhone so maybe I can't get it...

I would definitely log on via my laptop and have a look when I am next looking for a new car. I am always interested in the car threads on Chat as I am always interested in recommendations.

lottie63 Thu 04-Apr-13 07:50:53

I had no idea it exists and I'm on mumsnet everyday. Where is it? I am actually thinking of buying a car, though probably second-hand. I d be interested in fuel economy (my children are beyond pram stage). I d also like to see tips on haggling the price of a car down in showrooms smile

upinthehills Thu 04-Apr-13 08:05:24

I have looked up my car - a 2007 plate for fairly new. No mumsnet reviews and thw what car is okay but not paricularly practical.

I would like to see NCap safety stats more prominently displayed - was key to me when i was comparing cars.

Spirael Thu 04-Apr-13 08:28:03

I knew the Car section was here and have glanced at it before, but not really looked in depth because I've not been in the market for changing the car.

When I do come to replace the car, then I might come and look in more detail!

Blipbip Thu 04-Apr-13 09:10:09

Have you ever looked at Mumsnet Cars? Did you know it was there?
Yes I have stumbled in there occasionally and always been a little anoyed that I can't find my way back easily - not good with a map, mesmile

How easy is it to find the information you want on it?
I haven't really been looking for information

What sort of information are you most likely to be looking for at Mumsnet Cars?
I think I would need to explore in more detail. Generally I'm very impulsive with cars and don't bother find out much info

What do you think of both the range and quality of the content Mumsnet Cars currently has to offer (car reviews, used car valuations, news and advice)?
I was impressed when I did look but it realy isn't something that I'm really interested in

What are we missing?
A treasure hunt?

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