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Book Some Time for Car Shopping and Use This Handy Guide

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.

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

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.

Cars.com’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.