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Car buying tips to help save you money

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If you're in the market for a new ride, there are things to consider before signing on the dotted line. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) If you're in the market for a new ride, there are things to consider before signing on the dotted line. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Do your homework. Know the incentives and rebates before you arrive at a car dealership. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Do your homework. Know the incentives and rebates before you arrive at a car dealership. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Get the timing right. During sale weeks, you may not have the time to haggle as much as you want to. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Get the timing right. During sale weeks, you may not have the time to haggle as much as you want to. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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The 4th of July is just around the corner, and with that you'll likely hear about special incentives to get you behind the wheel of a new car.

But if you're in the market for a new ride, there are things to consider before signing on the dotted line.

If you buy or lease a car every five to ten years, it can be hard to know whether a deal is really a deal.

First things first, do your homework. Know the incentives and rebates before you arrive at a car dealership.

An industry source like Kelley Blue Book is a good place to start. There, you can see a current list of dealer discounts.

Choose the right kind of car. Look at cars that are being phased out or replaced with new models, they're more likely to be discounted.

Get the timing right. During sale weeks, you may not have the time to haggle as much as you want to.

Read the room if you are the only person there, you may have the time to knock down the price.

And drive away with the car you want.

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Gary HarperGary Harper is the senior consumer and investigative reporter for 3 On Your Side at KTVK-TV.

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With more than 20 years of television experience, Gary has established himself as a leader in the industry when it comes to assisting viewers and resolving their consumer-related issues. His passion and enthusiasm have helped him earn an Emmy for Best Consumer Reporter from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s also garnered several Emmy nominations

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Gary is from Chicago, but launched his television career in Lubbock, Texas, after earning a broadcast journalism degree from Texas Tech University. Following his graduation, he was quickly hired by KLBK-TV in Lubbock, where he enterprised and broke numerous exclusive reports. His aggressive reporting in Texas helped garner him Best Reporter by the Associated Press.

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