What is the Forums section of your site and how do I use it?
The Forums section of our site provides a venue for members of the Edmunds Automotive Network to communicate with each other about all things automotive. Each discussion in Forums is monitored by an Edmunds Host to ensure a high-quality, civil environment free from pressure or solicitations from car dealers or other salespeople from the industry.
Find a Discussion
To find discussions related to a specific vehicle, go to the Forums home page. From Browse Forums, select the Make of the vehicle (e.g. Honda) and the Model (e.g. Accord).
To find discussions based on topics such as “Alternative Fuels” or “Car Buying,” scroll down to the "Browse All Forums" area and click the topic you’re interested in.
You can also use the search box to locate discussions matching specific keywords. However, please note that these searches include only discussion titles. For additional search functionality, try using "Advanced Search" instead.
If you still need assistance, visit the Lost? Ask a Host for Help! discussion to ask the Hosts for help. You can also contact a Host directly by clicking their username (usually linked next to a posted message or at the top of a discussion); this opens their member profile, where you'll find an email address to reach them.
Post a Message
To post a message in a discussion, click the 'Reply' button next to any specific message you wish to respond to, or go to the “Post a Message” box shown after the last posted message.
Edit or Delete a Message
After posting a message, you have 30 minutes to edit or delete it using the links provided next to the message.
If you wish to have a message deleted after the 30 minutes has elapsed, please email the Host of the discussion and include a link to the message along with your request that it be deleted. Please note that a request for deletion may be denied if it would hamper the flow of the discussion.
Add a Photo
To add a photo to your Forum post, first click the “Img” button beneath the text box; this inserts the beginning of the standard HTML tag for an image. Next, add the URL of the photo, e.g. http://url-location/photo.jpg (Note: the photo needs to have been uploaded to a photo hosting service in order to have a URL.) Finally, click the “Img” button again to insert the end of the standard HTML tag for an image. When you post your message, the photo will be included.
Please note that very large photos (dimensions or file size) may cause our pages to render poorly and will be removed by the host.
Create a New Discussion
When possible, post your questions and comments in an existing discussion rather than creating a new one. Posting in an existing discussion rather than a new one increases the likelihood that members will respond.
If you cannot find an existing discussion that is relevant, you can create a new discussion within a related Forum – e.g. a new discussion about the Audi A3 would belong in the Audi A3 Forum. Once you locate the appropriate Forum, click the "Add a Discussion" link above the first discussion listed.
Please note that there are some Forums where members may not create new discussions, including Smart Shopper, Prices Paid: Buying & Leasing Experiences and Maintenance & Repair. If you cannot find an appropriate discussion for your questions or comments in these Forums, contact the Host for assistance.
Watched or Saved Items
These features allow registered members to see what’s new in a favorite Discussion or Forum or to save individual posts of interest.
To watch a Discussion or Forum (e.g. Hybrid Vehicles), click "Watch this Discussion" or "Watch this Forum" at the top or bottom of the page. If you no longer wish to watch an item, click “Remove Watch.”
To save an individual post, click "Save" next to the message you'd like to keep. You will then be able to access it in “My Watched Items” (under “Forum Tools” on the right-hand side of the page). To remove a saved message from “My Watched Items,” click the red X next to it.
Please note that you must be signed-in to access these features.
An email alert is a notification sent to your personal email address about any new posts within a discussion or Forum that you are watching. To receive alerts, you must have a valid email address on file.
Here are few different ways to set up email alerts:
- Open a Forum or discussion and click "Watch this Forum/Discussion"; on the next page, check the box next to "Send me an Email Alert when new messages are posted" and then click "OK."
- Before posting a new message in a discussion, place a check in the box next to "Send me an Email Alert when new messages are posted" to receive an email when any new messages are posted.
- When watching a Forum, you can receive email alerts for all of its discussions by clicking "My Watched Items" and placing a check in the Email Alert box for the Forum.
To remove an email alert you have enabled for a Forum/Discussion, go to your Watched Items, which is located in the Forums Tools on the right side of any Forums page. Uncheck the box next to the Forum/Discussion for which you no longer wish to receive an email alert. To save, click on Update Forums.
Username vs. Profile Name
Your “username” appears with every message that you post. Think of it as the name or nickname by which you want to be known in the Forums. Your "profile name" is typically your real name, if you choose to provide it. This name only appears in your Forums profile window for other registered members to view. Contact a Forums Member
If you would like to contact another Forums member on an issue that is not related to the discussions, click the member's username above any post they have made. Their community profile will appear in a pop-up window. If they have elected to make their email address public, you can view it there. However, a member may elect to keep their email address private. Only registered members who have selected a Forums username can view member profiles.
Additional Help with Forums
Feel free to email your questions or comments directly to an Edmunds staff member through our Contact Us form
. We try to respond to all inquiries within two business days.