What Should I Know About Car Shopping in 2018?

What Should I Know About Car Shopping in 2018?

You did it. You survived another one. You made it to the new year — and what better way to celebrate the turn of 2018 than by shopping for a new car? If you're thinking now's a good time, you're not wrong: Incentives and deals galore can be found throughout January. But to get to the deals, you gotta know what you're looking at first. That's where the below links come in; check them out for a handy quick guide to getting started down the road to car ownership.

Related: What's the Best New-Car Warranty for 2018?

What car should I buy? That depends on a lot of factors, but our reviews can help. Check out our recent additions: 

  • Pickup trucks: Ford F-150

  • SUVs: Chevrolet Tahoe RST, Subaru Outback, Infiniti QX80, Chevrolet Trax, BMW X3, Jeep Wrangler, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Land Rover Range Rover Velar, Subaru Crosstrek, Kia Sorento

  • Sedans: Hyundai Accent, Mazda6

  • Hatchbacks: Mercedes-AMG GLA 45

  • Fuel sippers: Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid

  • Coupes: BMW 440i

  • Sports cars: Porsche 911 Carrera T, Chevrolet Corvette

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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