New, used or certified pre-owned? Coupe or sedan? SUV or minivan? Figure out what vehicle types and models fit your price range and needs. The more you're willing to consider, the wider the range of prices you'll get and the better bargaining position you'll be in when it comes time to buy.

Should You Buy New
or Used?
–’s editors help you wade through the issues.
Research – Your one-stop resource for prices, photos, J.D. Power ratings, comparisons and more. Get specifications on more than 14,000 models and access Kelley Blue Book or invoice prices.
Manufacturer Warranty Comparison New-car warranty terms differ, and a used car is more attractive if warranties remain in effect.
TIP: Read the fine print; some automakers limit warranty transferability.

Reviews and Road Tests – Multiple professional reviewers rate today’s and yesterday’s models.
For Used Cars
Search Used-Car Listings – Search thousands of current online classifieds, from newspapers, dealers and private parties, to see what’s available in your area.
TIP: After a search, click on the vehicle name to see more details and photos.
Certified Used-Car Programs – A guide to certified “pre-owned” vehicles, which straddle the conventional new- and used-car categories.
With factory-backed warranties, certified pre-owned vehicles have most of the advantages of new cars, but at a lower price.
For New Cars
Buying Guides – The best way to research an entire class of vehicles or narrow down your options quickly. Sort through current and previous year models by price, style or manufacturer, and don’t miss the Best Bets.
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This interactive window sticker shows invoice and retail prices and helps you determine what style and options you want.
Use this feature to request a price quote from a dealer on a vehicle configured the way you want it.
Last updated on 12/13/04