Want to Buy a Car This Weekend? Check This Before You Do

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Run your old ride into the ground and ready for a new one? Have an unexpected need for a new car this very weekend? Or simply tired of looking at the empty space in your driveway? Not to worry: We can help you with your urge for new automotive machinery. Below is a list of links to aid you in your car-shopping search, plus a collection of recent reviews from experts on new vehicles to hit the market. Read on to get informed and get going in earnest.

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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: Honda Ridgeline, GMC Canyon Denali, Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, Ram 3500 Tradesman, GMC Sierra 1500 Duramax, GMC Sierra 2500 AT4, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel
SUVs: Lincoln Corsair, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Mercedes-Benz GLC and AMG GLC63, Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Escape Hybrid, Ford Escape, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Ford Edge, Volvo XC60, Volvo XC90
Sedans: Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, BMW 3 Series, Kia Optima
Hatchback: Mini Cooper Hardtop
Hybrid: Toyota Corolla Hybrid
Wagons: Subaru Outback, Volvo V60 Cross Country
Nissan Leaf
Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, Dodge Charger Scat Pack and Hellcat Widebody, Ford Mustang, BMW 850i, Lexus RC F Track Edition

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