What You Need to Know Before Car Shopping Today: Labor Day

CARS.COM — The Labor Day holiday weekend is one of the best times of the year to shop for a new vehicle. From incentives on outgoing models to a good look at the first of the incoming ones, dealer lots will be busy. Worried about the crowds? Stressed about making the right decision? Fret not. Check out our guide below to everything you should know before you ever leave the house, and don't forget to use our Price Comparison Tool while you shop to get a feel for similar cars in your area — all the better to spend your time relaxing, not negotiating.

Related: Labor Day Car Deals

What car should I buy? That depends on a lot of factors, but our reviews can help. Check out our recent additions: 

Anything I should wait for? The redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry is currently hitting dealers, and Ford has some updates on the F-150 coming this fall.

Which cars have the best deals right now? Check out our top deals for Labor Day weekend. As always, your discounts may vary, so check with 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.

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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