10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: New Cars, Used Cars, Cheap Cars Shop to the Top

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As it disrupted just about every aspect of American life in the past three months, the COVID-19 pandemic has also thrown a wrench into the works when it comes to automotive supply and demand. Car sales took a massive hit during the global health crisis as the nation went on lockdown, while automakers halted, well … automaking. But as the U.S. starts to reopen for business, pent-up consumer demand and mitigated supply are now colliding on the dealership lot — and car shoppers might find themselves in a feast-or-famine scenario when it comes to their choice of new models.

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In our most popular news article this week, we sort out what shoppers can generally expect to find based on inventory data. Shopping for a pickup truck? Be prepared to acquaint yourself with the scarcity principle. Same with minivans. Want a sedan or an electric vehicle? The world’s your automotive oyster. SUVs, meanwhile, are a mixed bag in terms of how deep the shelves are stocked. We’ve identified specific models across all of these segments that should be easy to find, as well as those you might want to act fast on; if you’re shopping soon, be sure to follow the link below to our No. 1 story.

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That aforementioned pent-up consumer demand is evident in our shopping-heavy content countdown this week. The No. 2 and 3 spots go, respectively, to our explainer on what a rental fleet car is and whether it’s a good idea to buy one used when companies like Hertz and Avis start clearing out their inventory, and to our rundown of the 10 cheapest SUVs you can buy right now — for example, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer tops the list, starting at less than $20,000 — culled specifically for your shopping needs in response to the current coronavirus-compromised economy.

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The car-shopping focus continues further down the list. At No. 9 is the June edition of our monthly report on the best new-car deals out there, this time out featuring the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Equinox, Kia Sorento and the Ram 1500 Big Horn and Lone Star trims. And at No. 10 is a list of our recommended questions for prospective used-car buyers to ask a seller in order to feel them out on the vehicle’s history: Why are you selling? Are you the original owner? How many miles are on the odometer? Ever been in an accident?

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We’ve also got stuff on the BMW Z4, Hyundai Palisade, Hyundai Santa Fe and Lamborghini, so shop around, see if there’s anything ya like. Here are the top 10 news stories readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. As New-Car Inventory Shrinks, What’s Left on Dealer Lots to Buy?

2. What Is a Fleet Vehicle, and Should I Buy One?

3. Here Are the 10 Cheapest New SUVs You Can Buy Right Now

4. 2020 BMW Z4: 7 Things We Like and 4 Things We Don’t

5. 2020 Hyundai Palisade: Testing the USB Ports — and Charging Pad

6. My Car Has a USB-C Port. Is It Better? What Do I Do?

7. 5 Lamborghini Models You’re Pronouncing Wrong

8. 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Adds Class, Sass to Family SUV

9. What’s the Best New-Car Deal for June 2020?

10. What to Ask When Buying a Used Car: 8 Key Questions

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