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If the idea of driving a new car into the new year rings true with you, your timing is just right: History says the end of the calendar year is a good time for a deal. Indeed, J.D. Power and Associates’ data suggests the highest new-car incentives of the year for four of the past five years has come in the week we’re in right now between Christmas and New Year’s, which means deals ought to be plentiful. If you’re looking to head out to the lots before 2019 takes hold, we have you covered on everything you need to know; check below for more on what you’ll need to get the best deal on your new vehicle.

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

  • Pickup trucks: Ram 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Ford F-150 Raptor, Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • SUVs: Tesla Model X, Cadillac XT4, Lincoln Nautilus, Toyota RAV4, Chevrolet Suburban, Subaru Forester
  • Sedans: Volkswagen Jetta, Genesis G70, Nissan Altima
  • Hybrids: Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
  • Wagons: Mercedes-AMG E63
  • Performance: McLaren 570S Spider

Which cars have the best deals right now? Check out our top deals for the end of the year. As always, your discounts may vary, so see 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. 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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