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What Should I Know Before Car Shopping? 10/7/17

Whether you're hungry to add a vehicle to your driveway or just looking for an excuse to dust off Amazon Alexa for something other than getting a weather update, buying a new car doesn't have to wait for the major shopping weekends. Though Memorial Day and Labor Day are in the rearview mirror, there are still deals to be had and new models to be scouted; check out the latest from us on how best to find them this weekend below.

Related: What's the Best New-Car Warranty for 2018?

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

  • Pickup trucks: 2017 Nissan Titan XD King Cab, Ram 3500

  • SUVs: Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, Volvo XC60, Volkswagen Tiguan, Chevrolet Equinox, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Dodge Durango SRT

  • Sedans: Kia Rio, Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord, Lexus LS 500 and 500h, Hyundai Sonata

  • Fuel sippers: Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Nissan Leaf

  • Coupes: Dodge Challenger Mopar '17

  • Hatchbacks: Hyundai Elantra GT, Porsche Panamera 4S

  • Sports cars: Porsche 718 Boxster

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.

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.