Find me a car-finding wizard (in the UK)
March 13, 2014 11:29 AM   Subscribe

Six or so years ago, I was looking for a second-hand car and stumbled across a "suggest-a-car" webpage. You could put your requirements into, it spat back a bunch of suggestions, you refined your parameters and sorted results, etc. It ended up suggesting a car I wouldn't have thought otherwise, which I bought and it was a great choice. Now, I'm looking for the next car ...

The things I liked about the tool were:

* it wasn't based on the used cars available or in the database, but suggested models of cars
* the parameters weren't brand or strict cost but requirements, e.g. I'm looking for a small or midsize car with great economy and good safety, doesn't need to be fast

That is, it was great for suggesting types of cars you could then go and look for. I thought the tool was on the Parkers website but - although there's some lingering evidence - it doesn't seem to be there any more. There's a very crude tool on the TopGear website, but it's just for new cars.

Any suggestions for an alternative or where the original webtool may have gone? Important detail: I'm in the UK.
posted by outlier to Travel & Transportation around Manchester, England (5 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not sure that this is it but you might want to look at Honest John.
posted by laukf at 12:43 PM on March 13, 2014

Was it Car Talk?
posted by richmondparker at 1:05 PM on March 13, 2014

Response by poster: Was it Car Talk?

That's an amazing recommendation site. But no, it was for used cars.
posted by outlier at 1:28 PM on March 13, 2014

Response by poster: There's a CarMax selector for used cars that goes to the same site as CarTalk, but it's American. Pity - it's also kind of cool.
posted by outlier at 2:05 PM on March 13, 2014

Not sure how long this site has been around for (I only found it pretty recently), but the "Smart Search" seems to be a similar idea?
posted by EndsOfInvention at 7:31 AM on September 8, 2014

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