Want to Buy a Car for Memorial Day? Find Out How Here

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The bliss of the warm sun, the grilling of all the meats, the rush of patriotic fever — yes, summer officially hits this weekend with the Memorial Day holiday. There are many reasons to celebrate, not least of which being the start of peak car-shopping season. From now until Labor Day, dealers will be looking to move you into moving units. If you know you’re ready for a new ride but not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place at the right time: Below is a roundup of all the links you’ll need to get started on your quest for a new car. Read on for more.

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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: Ford Super Duty F-250Jeep GladiatorRam 2500/3500Chevrolet Silverado 1500
SUVs: Audi e-tron, BMW X5Mercedes-Benz G550Kia TellurideVolkswagen TiguanLincoln NautilusChevrolet BlazerHonda CR-V
Sedans: Honda CivicNissan MaximaVolkswagen ArteonAudi A6Hyundai Elantra
Hatchback: Mazda3
Hybrid: Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
Performance: Ford Mustang Shelby GT350Toyota SupraAcura NSX

Which cars have the best deals right now? Check out our top deals for May. 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.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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Patrick Masterson is Chief Copy Editor at He joined the automotive industry in 2016 as a lifelong car enthusiast and has achieved the rare feat of applying his journalism and media arts degrees as a writer, fact-checker, proofreader and editor his entire professional career. He lives by an in-house version of the AP stylebook and knows where semicolons can go. Email Patrick Masterson

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