October may be National Book Month, but if you don’t have the time to sit around reading tomes on all the myriad ways to save money when you shop for a new vehicle, we completely understand. That’s why we’ve curated the below list, a slim selection of links to get you going on the basics of car buying and what you should know before you go out to dealers and plunk down your hard-earned cash. Additionally, our expert reviewers have been in a heap of new automaker offerings lately; you can find those reviews below, too. Treat it like an automotive CliffsNotes and maximize your savings while you minimize your time.
What car should I buy? That depends on a lot of factors, and our reviews can help. Check out our recent additions:
- Pickup trucks: Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, Honda Ridgeline, Ram 3500 Tradesman, GMC Sierra 1500 Duramax, GMC Sierra 2500 AT4, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
- SUVs: Lincoln Corsair, Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Escape Hybrid, Ford Escape, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Ford Edge, Volvo XC60, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Volvo XC90, Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring, Lincoln Aviator, Land Rover Range Rover Sport PHEV
- Sedans: BMW 3 Series, Kia Optima, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Versa
- Hatchback: Mini Cooper Hardtop
- Hybrid: Toyota Corolla Hybrid
- Wagons: Subaru Outback, Volvo V60 Cross Country
- Electric: Nissan Leaf
- Performance: Ford Mustang, BMW 850i, Lexus RC F Track Edition
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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