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8 Steps to Buying a New Car
Ronald Montoya
09/11/2017
8 Steps to Buying a New Car
Buying a new car doesn't have to be a daunting process. Here's how to research, locate, price and negotiate the purchase of a new car.
What New-Car Fees Should You Pay?
Peter Gareffa
01/20/2018
What New-Car Fees Should You Pay?
What fees should you expect to pay when you buy a new car? This chart from Edmunds shows the most common ones you may encounter.
What Happens in the Finance and Insurance Office?
Ronald Montoya
03/07/2018
What Happens in the Finance and Insurance Office?
The finance and insurance office is where you sign the sales contract, but it's also where you'll be pitched additional products, such as extended warranties. Here's how to make smarter decisions in the F&I room.
When You Shouldn't Sleep on a Car Deal
Matt Jones
01/18/2016
When You Shouldn't Sleep on a Car Deal
It's usually a good idea to sleep on a car deal before signing the contract. But when incentives and promotions are expiring, buying on the spot can save you money.
10 Steps to Buying a Used Car
Matt Jones
08/17/2016
10 Steps to Buying a Used Car
Here are 10 quick steps to help you locate, price and get a deal on a good used car
100+ Tips for Used Car Shoppers
Carroll Lachnit
11/13/2013
100+ Tips for Used Car Shoppers
Edmunds helps you shop for used cars with more than 100 tips, covering everything from picking the right used car to finishing up the paperwork.
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  • 10 Best Family Cars for 2018: Parents magazine & Edmunds
    10 Best Family Cars for 2018: Parents magazine & Edmunds
    Whether you need a three-row SUV with loads of room for passengers and cargo or a fuel-efficient car for errands, Parents and Edmunds recommend 10 great choices.
    Dan Frio06/05/2018
  • AWD vs. 4WD: What's the Difference?
    AWD vs. 4WD: What's the Difference?
    What's the difference between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive? Which is right for you in snow, ice or sand? Edmunds sorts out the confusing terminology, explains how AWD and 4WD work, and lays out the pros and cons. Here's handy information for buying your next car, truck or SUV.
    Peter Gareffa04/30/2018
  • The Pros and Cons of Buying a Used EV
    The Pros and Cons of Buying a Used EV
    Used electric vehicles can be a bargain, with the bonus of inexpensive charging and low maintenance costs. But EVs aren't for everyone. Here are a few reasons why you might — or might not & want to buy an electric car with some miles on it.
    Ronald Montoya03/05/2018
  • 6 Car Buying Documents That Really Matter
    6 Car Buying Documents That Really Matter
    Even if you're paying cash, you may have to sign up to 40 different forms when you're buying a car. Not all are equally important, though. Here are six documents to read carefully when you're purchasing a new or used car. A little time invested up front can avoid problems later.
    Edmunds03/02/2018
  • Get a Luxury Used Vehicle for Non-Luxury Price With a Cousin Car
    Get a Luxury Used Vehicle for Non-Luxury Price With a Cousin Car
    Cousin cars offer you a unique opportunity to get more for your used-car dollar. Here's what to look for.
    Matt Jones11/03/2017
  • How To Avoid Buying a Flood-Damaged Car
    How To Avoid Buying a Flood-Damaged Car
    When the floodwaters recede, they often leave behind damaged cars, and that's where trouble can begin for used-car buyers.
    Ronald Montoya08/31/2017
  • Are You Ready To Buy an EV?
    Are You Ready To Buy an EV?
    Buying an electric vehicle isn't like buying an ordinary car. Here are a few things to consider before you purchase.
    Ronald Montoya08/23/2017
  • Look for These 8 Dog-Friendly Features When You're Car Shopping
    Look for These 8 Dog-Friendly Features When You're Car Shopping
    To celebrate National Dog Day, here are 8 dog-centric features to check when you're car shopping. T-bone dispenser? Maybe next year.
    Jason Kavanagh08/23/2017
  • The Best Time to Buy a Car
    The Best Time to Buy a Car
    The best time to buy a car doesn't boil down to just one weekend, month or season. You have lots of opportunities to find great deals and discounts on cars, and we list them here, along with some pros and cons for the holiday weekends that are advertised as offering great car deals.
    Ronald Montoya06/22/2017
  • How to Give a Car as a Gift
    How to Give a Car as a Gift
    Here is a quick list of dos and don'ts to help you plan the purchase and maintain the element of surprise.
    Ronald Montoya12/01/2016
  • Boot Camp for Military Car Buyers
    Boot Camp for Military Car Buyers
    When you're car shopping, accurate intel and a good battle plan will get you the best price.
    Edmunds11/09/2016
  • A Car Shopper's Guide to Auto Shows
    A Car Shopper's Guide to Auto Shows
    An auto show can be a valuable tool for someone in the market to buy a new car. Here's how to shop the show floor.
    Ronald Montoya11/08/2016
  • What Happens in the Finance and Insurance Office?
    What Happens in the Finance and Insurance Office?
    The finance and insurance office is where you sign the sales contract, but it's also where you'll be pitched additional products, such as extended warranties. Here's how to make smarter decisions in the F&I room.
    Ronald Montoya10/24/2016
  • 25 Tips for Easier Family Car Shopping
    25 Tips for Easier Family Car Shopping
    Use these 25 tips to streamline your road to the purchase of a new family car.
    Matt Jones06/06/2016
  • Behind the Scenes at a Car Dealership
    Behind the Scenes at a Car Dealership
    Do you wonder why it can take hours to buy car? Or what the salesman is doing when he huddles with the manager? We've got answers for you.
    Matt Jones04/29/2016
  • Who Shops for Certified Pre-Owned Cars?
    Who Shops for Certified Pre-Owned Cars?
    Shoppers for certified pre-owned cars do deep online research and are older than other used-car shoppers. Finally, CPO really resonates with women: They shop more for CPO cars than for used or new ones.
    Carroll Lachnit04/18/2016
  • How to Buy a Truck or SUV to Haul Your Boat
    How to Buy a Truck or SUV to Haul Your Boat
    Are you the owner of a new boat? Congratulations: Here's how to get the best truck or SUV to tow it.
    Edmunds02/22/2016
  • When You Shouldn't Sleep on a Car Deal
    When You Shouldn't Sleep on a Car Deal
    It's usually a good idea to sleep on a car deal before signing the contract. But when incentives and promotions are expiring, buying on the spot can save you money.
    Matt Jones01/18/2016
  • 10 Things You Should Tell Your Car Salesman
    10 Things You Should Tell Your Car Salesman
    You hear about things you shouldn't tell a car salesperson. Here are 10 things you should say for a faster, less stressful purchase. "I'll pay sticker" isn't one of them.
    Matt Jones01/08/2016
  • 10 Best Certified Pre-Owned Car Programs
    10 Best Certified Pre-Owned Car Programs
    Edmunds.com lists which carmakers offer the 10 best certified pre-owned (CPO) programs, based on their warranty coverage and other benefits.
    Edmunds11/24/2015
  • Buying a Used Car for $5,000
    Buying a Used Car for $5,000
    If you shop carefully and use these online tools, you can get a reliable used car for $5,000.
    Edmunds11/23/2015
  • 100+ Tips for Used Car Shoppers
    100+ Tips for Used Car Shoppers
    Edmunds helps you shop for used cars with more than 100 tips, covering everything from picking the right used car to finishing up the paperwork.
    Carroll Lachnit09/09/2015
  • How To Use Edmunds.com To Buy a Used Car
    How To Use Edmunds.com To Buy a Used Car
    Edmunds.com offers a wide range of resources to help used car shoppers. This guide points you to the articles and services you need to find the right car and get the best deal.
    Edmunds09/03/2015
  • When Buying Used Makes More Sense Than Leasing
    When Buying Used Makes More Sense Than Leasing
    Despite widely advertised cheap leases, you might save more money by buying a good used car.
    Edmunds08/05/2015
  • 9 Steps to Easier Plug-In Car Shopping
    9 Steps to Easier Plug-In Car Shopping
    EV and plug-in hybrid car shopping can be easy and even fun if you prepare with our expert advice.
    Edmunds05/21/2015
  • How to Save Time When You're Buying a Car
    How to Save Time When You're Buying a Car
    Yes, you can avoid a multi-hour car deal. Here are tips that will help you save time when you're buying a car, including a paperwork checklist and ideas on how to motivate the dealership to move things along.
    Matt Jones05/06/2015
  • 8 Reasons To Buy From a Car Dealer's Top Salesperson
    8 Reasons To Buy From a Car Dealer's Top Salesperson
    I've often wondered why shoppers aren't more particular about the salesperson they'll work with. If it were me, I'd want to work with the top seller. Here's why.
    Matt Jones04/14/2015
  • Should I Buy an Out-of-State Car?
    Should I Buy an Out-of-State Car?
    Check emissions and other requirements before you bring a car across state lines or you could have registration nightmares.
    Edmunds03/19/2015
  • 7 Simple Steps to a Subprime Auto Loan
    7 Simple Steps to a Subprime Auto Loan
    Do you have bad credit or new credit and need to secure a car loan? Here are seven steps that will help you make that happen.
    Matt Jones03/02/2015
  • Don't Let Gas Prices Drive Your Car-Buying Choices
    Don't Let Gas Prices Drive Your Car-Buying Choices
    Cheap gas prices don't last forever. History shows that prices climb despite occasional dips. Plan your car purchases accordingly.
    Edmunds01/20/2015