Car makers use confusing terms, make sure you get car you plan on

Car makers use confusing terms, make sure you get car you plan on

(WOIO) - If you're in the market for a new car, experts say now is the  time to buy. Interest rates are low! But before you hit the lot, be aware that car makers use a lot of terms to market cars that can be confusing. Consumer Investigator Danielle Serino reports.

Terms like "all-new", "re-designed" and "refreshed" are all too common in advertising, but beware: there are no federally regulated or industry-wide definitions. And what they mean may depend on who you ask.

Chrysler said "all-new" refers to a model that is "pretty" much "new" from the ground up.

But a Cadillac dealer said "all-new" means "a car that has not been seen before."

Industry experts tell us it can also mean taking an older model car and making it, kinda "all -new".

"Sometimes in order to save money automakers will basically change the sheet metal, the headlights the tail lights and then kinda call that, maybe, an all-new car. Underneath it might have the same engine, the same transmission," says Dave Sullivan.

Everyone we talked to agreed on the term "redesigned," including Mark Takahashi at


"It's an existing model that they have significant upgrades to as far as it may actually even look completely different."

But some automakers use "all-new" and "redesigned" interchangeably, like Nissan, which told us it considers its 2015 Murano and 2014 Rogue "all-new" and "redesigned".

Both models have been on the market before, but it says the cars are completely different.

Lexus, on the other hand, told us "redesigned means major change, but not all-new."

Don't get caught up in marketing jargon, instead: make a list of features you need in a car and calculate the price that fits your budget, and shop with that in mind.

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