CARS.COM — Memorial Day may be over, but car-shopping season is just getting underway. Whether you're a graduate on the hunt for a car to get you through the next stage in your life or a seasoned driver just looking for something fresh in the driveway, now is a good time to be buying not just new cars but used ones, too. Let us help; below are some tips to make purchasing your new car that little bit easier.
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What car should I buy? That depends on a lot of factors, but our reviews can help. Check out our recent additions:
- Pickup trucks: Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
- SUVs: Audi Q5, Fiat 500X, Mercedes-AMG GLC43, Nissan Rogue Sport
- Family sedans: Acura TLX
- Fuel sippers: Chevrolet Bolt EV, Volkswagen e-Golf
- Hatchbacks: Kia Niro, Mini Clubman
- Luxury cars: Audi RS 7, BMW M760
- Minivans: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
- Sports cars: Honda Civic Si, Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, Lexus LC 500
How much can I afford? Read our primer.
Should I finance, lease or pay cash? That depends, but this might help you decide.
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.