If you're planning to brave the crowds at car dealerships over Thanksgiving weekend in search of a new ride, there are some ways to make the buying process less stressful.
With dealerships eager to unload inventory and manufacturers offering sizable discounts to help move cars off the lots, the more prepared you are before stepping foot in the showroom, the better.
"There can be so much activity at dealerships that the sales staff can be overwhelmed and you might not be able get deep questions answered," said Matt Jones, senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds.com.
"You also can't deliberate for three or four hours that day, because while you're doing that, someone else might buy the car," Jones said.
Black Friday sales typically account for 15 percent of November car transactions, which translates into a rough doubling of shoppers encountered in showrooms, according to Edmunds research.