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Shopping for a Car for This Weekend? Let Us Help

The opportunity to, uh, "enjoy" car shopping in the dead of January nears its conclusion this weekend, but if bundling up and bumbling out to dealer lots is an absolute necessity — although we recommend waiting for more than just better weather, as January deals tend to be paltry — we're here to help warm you to the experience. Check out our links below for more on cars that have recently gone on sale, as well as tips and tricks for getting the best bargain even in the dead of winter.

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Which cars have the best deals right now? Check out our top deals for January. As always, your discounts may vary, so see your dealer for specifics.

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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