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10 Biggest News Stories of the Month: Coronavirus and Car Shopping Not Stopping

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Dudes, by this point you’ve gotta be about as tired of reading the words “COVID-19” and “coronavirus” as we are of typing it (though I admit, I still haven’t set up any hotkeys to save some strokes). Unfortunately, even in the automotive realm — maybe particularly — news related to the pandemic is like that guest at every party who misses or ignores all the social cues and is still nursing a drink on your couch long after everyone else has called it a night. That said, looking back at the entirety of the month of April, during which most of the nation felt the full impact of regional and statewide shutdowns, we hope our copious coverage of car shopping in the time of the coronavirus has helped you make the best buying decision possible.

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Indeed, half of our 10 most popular news articles from the past month are directly related to car buying during the ongoing global health crisis. A frivolous concern? Not if you’re an essential worker who needs to get to your vital job at the grocery story or the emergency room, or if you have an elderly or otherwise at-risk relative who lives alone and needs help. No, some people legitimately need a car, like now, and we’ve made sure to keep shoppers informed not only of the best deals available to them amid the pandemic, but where and whether they could even buy a car or have one repaired.

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Taking the No. 1 spot in April was our roundup of the very best deals we could find nationwide, a lineup comprising the Buick Encore, Kia Optima, Nissan Murano and Chevrolet Bolt EV, as well as our comprehensive coronavirus car deals coverage to give you a broad context of what’s available out there.

Zero-percent financing has again become a big buzz phrase in car-sales circles, and we’ve rounded up our favorites brand by brand. At No. 3 for April is our roster of recommendations for no-interest, 84-month loans on Hyundai models, including the Santa Fe, Tucson, Kona and Venue SUVs of varying shapes and sizes, along with the Elantra GT N Line hot hatch for a little bit of frugal fun.

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Close behind at No. 4 is our roundup of 0%, 72-month deals on Volkswagen models, including three current ones we vouch for — the Atlas, Tiguan and Jetta GLI — along with three discontinued ones you now have your last chance to buy new: the Beetle, Golf SportWagen and the latter’s Alltrack variant. Meanwhile, our No. 7 article reports our recos for Infinti’s 0%, 72-month offer, including the QX80, QX60 and QX50 luxury SUVs.

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And if you’re still unclear on whether your state’s shelter-in-place/stay-at-home business closures impact your ability to buy a car from a dealership, be sure to consult our comprehensive state-by-state guide on the matter by following the link below to our No. 6 story. In any case, you might be relieved to know that all U.S. states, at last check, still permit automotive service-and-repair businesses to operate — so rest assured you can at least get your current car fixed.

And that ain’t the half of it — OK, it’s precisely the half of it, and the other half isn’t about COVID-19, so if you need a break from the pandemic news cycle, be sure to peruse the whole list. Here are the top 10 news stories Cars.com readers couldn’t get enough of in the past month:

1. What Are the Best April Car Deals for Shoppers Who Need to Buy Amid the Coronavirus

2. Ford Focus, Fiesta Transmission Settlement: What Owners Should Know

3. Coronavirus Car Deals: 5 Hyundais With 0% Financing Worth Considering

4. Coronavirus Car Deals: 3 VW Models and 3 Last Chance Cars Worth Interest at 0%

5. Best Cheap Sports Cars: Here Are Our Fave 14

6. Coronavirus and Cars: Can I Buy a Car or Have One Repaired in My State?

7. 3 Infiniti Models With 0% Financing Worth Considering

8. 2020 Hyundai Palisade Vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander: Family SUVs Duke It Out

9. 2020 Cadillac CT5-V Test Drive: Great Car, Awful Timing

10. How Do You Pronounce Audi Properly?

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