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

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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. 

AlexMumsnetCars (MNHQ) Tue 16-Apr-13 13:24:34

Thanks to everyone for their invaluable feedback here – all of your comments will help us to give you want from Mumsnet Cars. Twotrackmind was the lucky winner of our TomTom Via 135 Europe portable sat-nav, but don't let that stop you from adding any more comments on this thread. We still want to hear any comments on Mumsnet Cars, whatever you have to say.

malachite Fri 12-Apr-13 20:02:10

Have you ever looked at Mumsnet Cars? Did you know it was there?
Yes I looked at it when I was buying my last car. It was helpful!

How easy is it to find the information you want on it?
It's pretty easy - the search function is useful when you've spotted a car you like and want to see what other people think of it.

What sort of information are you most likely to be looking for at Mumsnet Cars?
Reviews from people who have owned them.

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)?
It could do with more info on older cars for those of us on a tight budget.

What are we missing? Nothing else I can think of

AlexMumsnetCars (MNHQ) Mon 08-Apr-13 13:21:05

This is all really useful stuff - many thanks to those who have posted so far. If you haven't done so already, don't miss this opportunity to tell us what you want from Mumsnet Cars. We want to hear from everyone, however much or how little you have to say. Don't hold back! grin

Tortington Sun 07-Apr-13 10:37:12

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

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

What sort of information are you most likely to be looking for at Mumsnet Cars?
info on second hand 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)?
A good range.

What are we missing?
dunno til I want a new car.

BikeRunSki Brazil Sun 07-Apr-13 10:34:10

I put a review of my car on in the very early days. I'd had my car for about a year, so it seemed a good time to do a pretty comprehensive review. I haven't looked at it since because we haven't changed cars. I had been planning to because DH applied for a job without a car (he has a company car at the moment) and would have needed to buy his own. He didn't get the job though.

Snog Sun 07-Apr-13 08:25:00

I am only interested in the car reviews. I love the idea of hearing mumsnetters' reviews as its a good fake counterpoint to top gear. At the moment there don't seem to be any mumsnet reviews of the cars I'm interested in though

MmeLindor Germany Sat 06-Apr-13 22:56:35

Have looked, cause you've told me about it. smile

Haven't looked for a while, but found it easy enough to find what I was looking for last time I checked.

Not looking for a car at the moment, but if I were, I would look.

You are missing my review. I definitely did one for my car, but it isn't there any more.

chickensaladagain Fri 05-Apr-13 23:11:38

if you want mumsnetters to post better quality reviews, you might want to re-look at your suggestions for headlines....

Snapshot of your review Eg. 'Lightweight and easy to fold' or 'Not suitable for public transport'

grin

bottersnike Fri 05-Apr-13 13:44:43

I love Mumsnet Cars, particularly the Talk section, as there are often interesting discussions about what car to get next / why this one is rubbish / how to choose between different cars etc.
It's easy to navigate and I use it for general reviews.
The range is OK but it would be really good to have reviews on used cars as well as new ones.
Competitions to win cars would be lovely, too! smile

hotair Fri 05-Apr-13 12:49:12

Have you ever looked at Mumsnet Cars? Did you know it was there?
I did and I have! I remembered the announcement about the new section and went looking when I was thinking about cars
How easy is it to find the information you want on it?
Hmm not that easy to be honest- I found the forum more useful
What sort of information are you most likely to be looking for at Mumsnet Cars?
Used car reviews, information about what car seats fit what cars, interior pictures.
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)?
At the moment is feels a bit like a copy and paste job from whatcar. I think the information needs to be more tailored to mumsnet!
What are we missing?
You need more owner reviews, used car prices, interior pics and for it to be better tailored to mums and parents

MTBMummy Fri 05-Apr-13 10:14:34

Have you ever looked at Mumsnet Cars? Did you know it was there?
Yeah, and actually used it quite a bit recently as we were looking to purchase a new car.

How easy is it to find the information you want on it?
Very easy and I really liked that you could switch between WhatCar review and reviews from MN'ers

What sort of information are you most likely to be looking for at Mumsnet Cars?
For us it was primarily what car to get, we had narrowed it down to a few that met our primary needs, but wanted some real life experiences and recommendations (Not just what a marketing company is paid to say)

*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?*
I really like the current content, the only thing that I would have preferred was more traffic on the site (no pun intended) and I'm not sure how you would encourage more people to post about their own car experiences

I must admit, I was unaware of MN Cars. I have now had a proper look at it and left a review of our current car. I found it easy to navigate, but as others have said, there needs to be additional information added to answer the type of questions MNers would have regarding a family car. I would definitely look at this with DH if/when our car needs replacing.

chickensaladagain Fri 05-Apr-13 07:25:14

Don't know if its because I'm on my iPhone but when I try to access reviews, it will allow me to select a make but not a model so I can see any reviews

lindsey3uk Fri 05-Apr-13 00:36:21

I definitely did not know this was there, but so glad I stumbled across it. The way I choose to buy things is from recommendations from other mums. My children are the most important thing and their safety is paramount. I don't currently drive but am learning and the thought of buying a car that suits my needs for my children is quite worrying. Which is why I was pleased to find this. I love the discussion board section where I can ask car related questions that only mums can answer.

fossil971 Thu 04-Apr-13 22:57:28

Have you ever looked at Mumsnet Cars? Did you know it was there?
YES - replaced the car last month

How easy is it to find the information you want on it?
Did not find much info, more details were on other specialist car websites

What sort of information are you most likely to be looking for at Mumsnet Cars?
Looking for a genuine review by a mumsnetter but perhaps a bit far fetched for a secondhand SEAT.

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 don't think there's much to add to other websites - there are so many cars out there. I didn't look at all the options.

What are we missing?
More mum-specific reviews on things like car seats, legroom, boot space would be helpful, also consider used cars (we can't all afford new). Perhaps try and get everyone to review their own car however old!

purpleroses Thu 04-Apr-13 22:23:09

Have you ever looked at Mumsnet Cars?
Not til today
Did you know it was there?
No
How easy is it to find the information you want on it?
Pretty good
What sort of information are you most likely to be looking for at Mumsnet Cars?
Secondhand car valuations. Pros and cons of different secondhand cars (safety, reliability, 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)?
Good
What are we missing?
Valuations for older cars (mine's 1996 and not on there) and it would also be easier to look up valuations if you could enter your year first (which everyone knows) and then choose only from the models made in that year - rather than having a confusingly long list of models to choose from.

ClaraOswinOswald Thu 04-Apr-13 22:17:25

Have you ever looked at Mumsnet Cars? Did you know it was there?
Yes, I have posted a review (think I was hoping to win a rafting trip but didn't). I also showed it to DH who is in the process of researching his next car so am basing answers on his responses.

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

What sort of information are you most likely to be looking for at Mumsnet Cars?
Reviews, price ranges.

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)?
It had what I was looking for but I would be unlikely to use it more than once every few years or so tbh.

What are we missing?
Links to Autotrader or similar- not looking for new.

pleasestoptalking Thu 04-Apr-13 20:50:19

Have you ever looked at Mumsnet Cars? Did you know it was there?
Yes. I have posted a review of the car model I drive on there.

How easy is it to find the information you want on it?
It's good to get an idea of how people feel about their cars i.e. whether they really like driving them or not and what little issues come up, if any. For a full on specification and review I would go to Which or another more car-focused website

What sort of information are you most likely to be looking for at Mumsnet Cars?
I would go to Mumsnet cars for information that's relevant when you have kids i.e. how many carseats does it fit - the main reason we bought a Touran was that we could fit 3 carseats across the middle row.
Another thing I looked at when we were changing cars was the dimensions. I know this may be odd but I'm a pretty crappy driver but was confident in a Zafira so knew that although I needed to fit 3 carseats across the middle I didn't want to end up with a huge car. The Touran is only marginally wider. I seriously went armed with my notepad of dimensions when we tested cars. I know, I know.
I would also want to know about boot space and how economical the car was.

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 like the fact that you also link to the 'what car' review and your header info: which 7 seater; how budget will affect you etc is really good.
I think the range and quality is good. It features the cars that I looked at when we were buying a new car recently.

What are we missing?
Some of the information I mentioned in q.2. perhaps. I can't think of anything else.
Perhaps links to relevant info i.e. carseat reviews etc?

Choccyjules Thu 04-Apr-13 20:45:10

Used it often over the past six months (which is how long it took us to change our car!).
Have used both the talk threads and also the reviews section, including the threads and videos where MNetters have had extended test-drives and reviewed cars.
Found all parts useful :-) especially how there is a whatcar review set against a Mumsnet view for comparision.

Boggler Thu 04-Apr-13 20:36:47

I've looked at the car reviews and reviewed my car as well. They are quite good although I think that it's not structured enough and too many of the reviews are lacking substance. Nearly all the reviews say that the car is great and not enough have negatives pointed out - or do we all just love our cars? I would prefer the reviews to incorporate the NCAP scores so that you can balance the safety features against the practical aspects that MN reviewers have added.

WowOoo Colombia Thu 04-Apr-13 19:40:11

I have looked at it before and knew it existed. Think I've searched for some info and been redirected there. I thought I was on a different website for a minute.

I don't think I found the information I needed. I got some info by searching thread archives. Wanted to know whether a certain model was good or not. I found some information, but found much more and exactly what I wanted on another specialist website.

I'd be looking for info on reliability, value and performance.

I think so far it's good. Others have pointed out that more practical info would be great, as would personal experience. Maybe a little questionnaire that asks about key features with a mark out of 5 would be an improvement.
Boot space info is all well and good - but then you have to check what size pushchair you have. Think it's easier to ask specific questions directly.

bigflipflop Thu 04-Apr-13 18:10:39

Didn't know it existed!!! However, just been over there for a quick look and read the very useful article on MPV's and think it could prove very useful now that we're actually looking to change our car.

asuwere Thu 04-Apr-13 15:56:55

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

Yes and yes.

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

Fairly easy to navigate although would be nice to see a basic list of cars at top of each section with just name and cost etc and then clickable to more info on each one.

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

Personal real-life reviews. as others have said, space for carseats, boot space etc. Running costs.

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)?

It's quite good and I'm sure it will get better. I would still go somewhere else for valuations. I do like that 7 seaters have their own section - sometimes it is hard to distinguish what is a 7 seater on other sites.

What are we missing?

As said, ease of carseat fitting, boot space info.

MyMillsBaby Thu 04-Apr-13 15:22:46

I've just been for my first ever peek at Mumsnet Cars as I had no idea it existed. I've commented and added to your pushchair reviews before, but didn't even think of you for cars!

The premise is great but it needs more reviews to make it really useful. I can imagine myself using it when we next upgrade our car. The sort of things we'll want to know are boot sizes, whether it has child locks, any safety features etc. Maybe when users submit reviews they could rate the car on a number of features using a slider to ensure they cover the salient points.

Range and quality of the content Mumsnet Cars currently has to offer is fairly good but needs more reviews (and incentives to review!) and greater promotion.

nancerama Thu 04-Apr-13 15:15:25

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

Yes and yes. I was asked about a year ago to submit a review of my car to this site. I did, but it's not there sad

How easy is it to find the information you want on it?
It's easy to find the information, but there really isn't much information there.

What sort of information are you most likely to be looking for at Mumsnet Cars?
What car seats and buggies are most compatible with the car. Other information is easily found on more established sites (Top Gear, Parker's Guides, Auto Trader)

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)?
The range is great, I think you've got everything covered. The content seems pretty light - easy to find the basics, but very little detail.

What are we missing?
More reviews from users. If others have had the same experience as me though, perhaps there are more reviews, but they've disappeared into the ether.

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