The fever of pickup trucks that gripped the 2018 Detroit auto show may have subsided, but the fire for football reaches its climax this weekend. If the ludicrous cost of running an ad during The Big Game doesn't appeal to you much but buying a car whose ad you'll see does, we can help. If you're unsure of how to get started, we've collected some links for you to prep with before you hit the lots. Get familiar below.
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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: Ram 1500, Ford F-150
SUVs: Ford Expedtion, Infiniti QX50, Audi SQ5, Lincoln Navigator, Toyota Sequoia, BMW X2, Jeep Cherokee, Ford Edge, Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Land Rover Range Rover Velar, Chevrolet Tahoe RST, Subaru Outback
Sedans: Subaru WRX STI, Honda Accord, Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII, Kia Forte, Toyota Avalon, Volkswagen Jetta, Infiniti Q50
Hatchbacks: Hyundai Veloster, Audi A7, Kia Rio, Mercedes-AMG GLA 45
Sports cars: Ford Mustang Bullitt, Ford Mustang
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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