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Your Everything Guide to Buying a Car in 2017

As women, it’s a safe bet to say that most of us like to shop. And we’re so good at it! We load apps onto our phones, do hours of online research, enjoy the hunt for that one amazing item and feel like a total boss when we score a deal — as we should!

But there’s one type of shopping that I’ve rarely hear my female friends discuss with relish or excitement, and that’s car shopping. It’s understandable. There are so many brands and types! What the heck is torque, anyway? Do I have to deal with a pushy salesman? Can’t I just order this thing online and be done with it?

Here’s the good news. If you’re a car-buying newbie, you’ll be amazed at how many awesome new features are now standard issue on cars. And yes, while you may have to pay a visit to a dealership, the internet will arm you with all the knowledge you need, from vehicle details to how much you can expect to pay and what your financing options are. 

After doing your online research to get an idea of what you want — try, a great automotive site for women — your next move is to do some test drives, which are your single-best indicator of how a car is going to work for you. Don’t let yourself be rushed through a test drive. Drive on side streets, in reverse and on the freeway. Hit the brakes hard to see how quickly you’ll stop. Sit in the backseat and check out a vehicle’s roominess and comfort.

If you have a carseat or need to transport oversized objects like skis, it’s wise to bring them to the dealership to see if they’ll fit in the vehicle you’re considering. To get the most out of your test drives, we recommend printing out a checklist to bring to each dealership — has a complete checklist for how to do a proper new-vehicle test drive. 

Now that you’re feeling excited and empowered about buying or leasing some new wheels, where should you start? We’ve put together a few of our favorite 2017 vehicles for personality type and practical need. Whether you’re a first-time car buyer or a supermom, we have a new ride here you’re sure to love. And guess what? When you’re armed with knowledge, car buying is actually pretty fun.

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