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So You Want To Be A Car Reviewer?

So You Want To Be A Car Reviewer?

Well, we hope you know what you are letting yourself in for, that’s all. This is a tough job but somebody’s got to do it. If you think that it is just a matter of driving some cool cars then you have got another think coming. If you are still up for it then this is what to do:

First, rather obviously, a car needs to be selected. It has to be chosen, not because the reviewer really, really wants to drive it, but rather on its individual merits and relevance to the target market. The reader is the important person here.

Drive the vehicle in a variety of conditions such as on the main roads, back roads, and in stop and go conditions. Take note of the acceleration, braking, handling, road noise, and blind spots.

If the car has many features like an infotainment centre, air-con, electric windows and all the other stuff found on cars these days then try to test them all for ease of operation and effectiveness. Bear in mind that a cheap car won’t, obviously, be as good as an expensive car in this regard. It’s a question of balancing opinion with price.

Make a proper note of the things, as a driver, that are good about the car and the things that are not so good.

Research to see how well the vehicle stacks up against the competition in terms of price, performance, features and quality.

Don’t get too technical. There are people who like all the data but most want an overall opinion. If there is a good technical item then mention it and vice versa.

Check notes in an on-going manner, adding snippets about the experience of driving and operating the car. Say what is good, bad or indifferent. Impartiality is key.

It is easy to be boring. Try to introduce elements of wit and bring out a sense of humour.

Sit down and write, or type, it all out and ensure it makes coherent sense and, like any good piece of writing, has a beginning, a middle and an end.

Don’t forget to include comparisons with the competition and finally give the vehicle some form of overall accolade; a star rating or similar.

And finally. Writing for any purpose can be fun but it can also be a chore. Work written says much about the writer. Sloppy text will be noticed. Just because it is an article about a car doesn’t mean that it should be skimped. Good car reviewers know this.

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