Because fraud is the foundation of the automobile industry in America"" (""It is not this book's purpose. . . to disparage the automobile industry""), some friendly, informed advice is in order. But would you buy a used car on the word of a man who writes, on page 46, that the ""only two reasons for buying a new car"" are ""the manufacturer's guarantee and the prestige of buying a new car"" (neither of which ""stand up under close scrutiny"") and concludes, on page 53: ""when buying a used car, don't expect to get new-car performance."" Would you grant authority to an author who remarks (gratuitously) on page 117 that Consumers Union ""should concentrate less on product testing"" (""even its automobile ratings can be quite misleading"")--after having advised on page 15 that ""the best place to look for new- and used-car ratings is in the April edition of Consumer Reports [containing the Consumers Union auto-test reports], or in Lemon-Aid."" Approximately half the book consists of used-car ratings based on reports from suggested but unspecified sources. ""The National Automobile Dealers Association 'black book' and 'red book' used-car listings have not been consulted because of their close affinity to the automobile industry and the contradictions found in their prices""--but back up the pike 110 pages: ""consult one of the many used-car guides. . . before agreeing to any trade-in deal."" There's a screw loose somewhere, or maybe a wheel.