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Want to Buy a Car This Weekend? Read This First

If National Lazy Day hasn’t gotten the better of your intention to buy a vehicle this weekend, you’re … well, you’re not picking the best of months to get a deal, but sometimes a new car can’t wait. If such is the case for you and you’re wondering not just how to get the best deal but how even to start the process altogether, we’ve assembled a list of links below to help you understand the process. Ensure your car-shopping experience isn’t a bad one by reading more below.

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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:

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