What to Know About Car Shopping This Week: After L.A.

What to Know About Car Shopping This Week: After L.A.

After the madness of coverage surrounding a host of new models both eminently affordable and ... less so ... at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, you may be thinking more seriously about shopping for a new car. December's a good time to do it, too: Automakers are looking to end the year strong, and deals should be easy to come by. But if you're concerned about how to go about getting those new wheels, rest easy: We have all the info you need in the links below.

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: Chevrolet Colorado

  • SUVs: BMW X3, Subaru Outback, Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Highlander, Ford Expedition, Subaru Crosstrek, Volvo XC60, Buick Enclave, Volkswagen Atlas

  • Sedans: Hyundai Accent, Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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

  • Coupes: BMW 440i

  • Sports cars: Chevrolet Corvette

Anything I should wait for? The redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry is currently hitting dealers, and Ford has some updates on the F-150, as well.

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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