it's that time again: with burgers and dogs on the grill, the joy for many of a three-day weekend and old glory aflutter in honor of memorial day, summer car-shopping season is officially kicking off. with deals and incentives aplenty, now is the ideal time to be scoping out a new ride. but if you've been holding off because you're not sure how to navigate the car-buying process, we're here to help. check out the links below for a primer on how to make the power moves that'll get you the car you want when the time comes.
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what car should i buy? that depends on a lot of factors, but our reviews can help. check out our recent additions:
pickup trucks: nissan frontier
fuel sippers: nissan leaf
wagons: volkswagen golf sportwagen
which cars have the best deals right now? check out our top deals for may. as always, your discounts may vary, so check with your dealer for specifics.
which cars have the best deals right now? check out our top deals for what's left of april. 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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