halfway through september may not seem like the ideal time to purchase a new car, but while labor day incentives are long over by now, you may not be able to wait any longer — or simply don't want to. if that's the case and you're getting ready to hit dealer lots this weekend, there are a few things you should know before you ever leave the house. conveniently, we've put them below: check out our link collection to get acquainted with what you're in for, led off by a list of recent reviews from our editorial experts.
what car should i buy? that depends on a lot of factors, but our reviews can help. check out our recent additions:
sedans: maserati quattroporte, mercedes-benz cls450, genesis g70
hatchbacks: nissan kicks
wagons: buick regal tourx
which cars have the best deals right now? check out our top deals for september. 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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