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Want to Buy a Car This Weekend? Check This Out

If you suddenly happen to find yourself with some extra free time this weekend and get to thinking you could really go for a new car right about now even though you can’t drive one, you’re in luck: We’re here to help. Though we’re still a couple of weeks away from the formal beginning of summer car-buying season over Memorial Day weekend, the information you need to help you get the right deal is already out there. If you don’t know where to begin, we’ve assembled some links below on the basics of buying; read on for more ways to save on your next automotive purchase.

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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: Jeep Gladiator, Ram 2500/3500, Chevrolet Silverado 1500
SUVs: Kia Telluride, Volkswagen Tiguan, Lincoln Nautilus, Chevrolet Blazer, Honda CR-V, BMW X7, Nissan Rogue, Mercedes-Benz GLS450
Sedans: Nissan Maxima, Volkswagen Arteon, Audi A6, Hyundai Elantra, BMW 3 Series, Toyota Corolla
Hatchback: Mazda3
Hybrid: Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
Performance: Aston Martin Vantage, BMW Z4

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.

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