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So, it’s time for a new set of wheels. You have a budget and a few choices in mind. The gruelling next step – research. Information comes from so many places – carmakers’ websites, friends, family, forums – and it’s contradictory, confusing and incomplete. Sounds familiar?

Yes, shopping for a car can be a tedious and stressful process. We know that because we’ve been through the same. And that’s why we’ve come up with an easy-to-access, easy-to-use and easy-to-understand tool to help you make your decision.

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This is CarBase.my, a one-stop site with an extensive and comprehensive database of new cars on sale in Malaysia. You’ll find prices, specifications, warranty details (manufacturer-backed or insurance-extended), high-resolution photos, expert and user reviews, and so much more – packaged in a user-friendly, intuitive layout that is easy on the eye.

Carmakers use all manner of marketing-speak and acronyms to describe what are essentially similar features – VSA/VSC, D-CVVT/Dual VVT-i, PowerShift/S tronic – baffling the buyer even further. We simplify all that for you by calling a spade a spade. Peugeot, for instance, describes the 208’s rear suspension as a “trailing-arm with deformable cross-member axle” when we all know it has a torsion beam.

We even give you details not presented in brochures or official documents (like how many cupholders and 12V sockets there are, and where they are), to ensure you are able to make a smart and informed decision.

Filter your searches by make, body type, segment, price range and more. For the discerning, there’s an Advanced Search feature that allows filtering by many specific parameters such as the availability of stability control, ISOFIX child seat points, or the number of airbags.

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You can refine your search to include only sedans fitted with no fewer than six airbags, for example, and compare up to five of them within a certain price range or segment – we leave no detail untouched.

What’s more, we aim to create an interactive and vibrant online community that will empower car buyers and owners. As car buyers ourselves, we realised that car companies may not have all the necessary information while user reviews are usually scattered all over the countless numbers of online forums and social networks.

Contribute by uploading photos of your car and sharing your ownership experience, or even your showroom visit experiences. Tell us and the others what you like, what you don’t like or what you think should be done right on your car.

Feedback is always welcome – you’ll help us enhance the CarBase.my experience. For now, go ahead and try it – visit CarBase.my and see for yourself if it brings you a couple of steps closer to deciding on your next car purchase.