sadly, summer's unofficial end comes this weekend in the form of a slightly less sad three-day labor day holiday. but if you're shopping for a car, what's better than an extra day off is one of your best opportunities of the year to find a good deal on a new ride — particularly if cash incentives are your thing. unsure of where to start with all of this? not to worry: below are a list of links for new cars and shopping basics you can use before you ever leave for the lots.
what car should i buy? that depends on a lot of factors, but our reviews can help. check out our recent additions:
sedans: mercedes-benz cls450, genesis g70
hatchbacks: hyundai veloster
fuel sippers: honda insight
wagons: buick regal tourx
which cars have the best deals right now? check out our top deals for labor day. 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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