What You Need to Know Before Car Shopping Today
Whether you're on the hunt for a new car or merely a car that's new to you, improving weather and a rise in discounts make this a good time to be shopping for a vehicle of any kind. If you're not sure where to start, we can help; here's what to know before you go.
What car should I buy? That depends on a lot of factors, but our reviews can help. Check out our recent reviews:
Pickup trucks: GMC Canyon Denali
SUVs: Jeep Cherokee, Toyota 4Runner, Volvo XC60, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, Buick Enclave Avenir
Family sedans: Acura TLX, Volvo S60
Fuel sippers: Honda Clarity Fuel Cell
Sports cars: Dodge Challenger GT
Wagons: Subaru Outback
Anything I should wait for? The redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry hits dealers late this summer, 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 April. As always, your discounts may vary, so check with your dealer for specifics.
- Discount-heavy SUVs include the Nissan Murano, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Patriot.
- If you're shopping family sedans, big incentives exist on the Camry, Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima. Or check out the Hyundai Sonata, an alternative with significant deals this month that has a looming update on the way.
- For something more affordable, compact sedans such as the Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla have factory incentives, too.
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.