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Want to Buy a Car for Summer 2019? Read This First

Not to add any urgency to your plate or anything, but Friday was the start of summer 2019, and you know what that means? That means that starting tonight, the days will start to get shorter again. The year is practically over, and you know you need a new car! But you have no idea where to start. What are you going to do?

That’s exactly what this website is for — and even better, exactly what this exact article is for. If buying a car is in your very near future but you need a crash course on how exactly to go about doing it (and getting the most value from your purchase), read on for more details on everything from our recent reviews of new cars to expertly negotiating your way toward summer automotive bliss.

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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 Ranger, Ford Super Duty F-250, Jeep Gladiator, Ram 2500/3500
SUVs: Ford Explorer ST, Ford Explorer, Jeep Renegade, Maserati Levante, BMW X7, Nissan Murano, Cadillac XT4, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz G550, Kia Telluride
Sedans: Kia K900, Audi A8 L, Audi A7, Honda Civic, Nissan Maxima
Hatchback: Kia Soul, Mazda3
Hybrid: Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
Electric: Nissan Leaf
Performance:
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, Toyota Supra, Acura NSX

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