Shopping for a Car This Fourth of July? Let Us Help

Shopping for a Car This Fourth of July? Let Us Help

you'd think that the one-two combo of the fourth of july not being one of the automotive industry's four big shopping seasons and the holiday also falling on a wednesday this year mean your chances of finding a good deal on a car are slim. that's not necessarily the case, however: automakers have extended a few june incentives through the first week of july, so if you're in dire need of a new ride, these next few days are an excellent opportunity to find something special.

not sure how to get going? never fear: we've assembled some links below to prep you for your trip to the lots. scroll fo(u)rth and get educated.

what car should i buy? that depends on a lot of factors, but our reviews can help. check out our recent additions: 

which cars have the best deals right now? check out our top deals for july. as always, your discounts may vary, so check with your dealer for specifics.

should i buy new or used? read up on the pros and cons of each. if you go used, review our used-car buyers' checklist and consider whether you want a certified pre-owned car.

how much can i afford? read our primer. then use our price comparison tool while you shop to find what's right for you.

should i finance, lease or pay cash? that depends, but this might help you decide.

how do i get the best lease rate? bone up on common lease terminology, plus our tips.

how do i get the best financing rate? our game plan lays out some advice. while you're at it, here's what you need to know about auto loans and what you'll need to get one.

anything i shouldn't do when i'm at the dealer? yep. avoid these pitfalls.

should i get an extended warranty? that depends. here's what you need to know.

how do i sell or trade in my old car? learn how to prep your car before you sell it to a dealer, how to trade it in and how to deal with taxes and other considerations. if you still owe money on your old car, read this. finally, if you want to sell it private party, here's how to create the picture-perfect ad and how to seal the deal.

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