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Want to Buy a Car for Labor Day? Read This First

Though the hot weather of summer may be on its way out, Labor Day weekend often brings with it a blast of hot deals on new cars. This year ought to be no different, particularly because the weekend falls at the end of the August sales month and dealers will be eager to finish on a high note. That will likely mean more potential opportunities to save for you, but if you’re not yet ready to plunk down some hard-earned currency because you’re not entirely sure how to go about getting that deal, we have a list of links for you to read below. Catch up on things to look out for and ways to save, plus read up on our latest car reviews for a better idea of what’s on the market.

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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:

Pickup trucks: GMC Sierra 1500 Duramax, GMC Sierra 2500 AT4, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Ford F-250 Super Duty FX4 Off-Road, Ford F-250 Super Duty, Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ford Ranger
SUVs: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Volvo XC90, Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring, Lincoln Aviator, Land Rover Range Rover Sport PHEV, Mazda CX-9, Audi Q3, Cadillac XT6, BMW X4, Ford Explorer ST, Ford Explorer, Jeep Renegade, Maserati Levante, BMW X7
Sedans: Nissan Versa, Kia Optima, Kia K900
Hatchback: Kia Soul
Hybrid: Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
Wagons: Subaru Outback
Electric:
Nissan Leaf
Performance:
Lexus RC 300 F Sport

Which cars have the best deals right now? Check out our top deals for Labor Day. 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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