Why You Should be Flexible with Your Car Choice
Don't get your heart set on one specific model! Ideally, you should narrow your options down to 3 vehicles, then determine which one offers the best deals.
Each car has different supply and demand factors affecting its price. With a little bit of research, you could end up saving several thousand dollars and still end up with a car you're happy with. Along these same lines, you don't want to limit yourself to a specific color or options package.
The more flexible you are, the better your chances of landing an awesome deal, especially when it comes to leftover models. Obviously, one way to expand your choice of vehicles is to consider buying a close competitor - many of which offer the same features. There are some vehicles that actually have a "twin" - they share the same chassis, interiors, and many other components, but are marketed under different brands.
Here's a list of twin models - check to see if the car you're considering has a twin, and if so, make sure you do some price comparisons before purchasing. In some cases, the other twin is several thousand dollars less expensive.
Twin Vehicles - Same Car, Different Brand
|Buick Enclave||Chevrolet Traverse|
|Buick Verano||Chevrolet Cruze|
|Chevrolet Avalanche||Cadillac Escalade EXT|
|Chevrolet Colorado||GMC Canyon|
|Chevrolet Corvette||Cadillac XLR|
|Chevrolet Impala||Buick LaCrosse|
|Chevrolet Silverado||GMC Sierra|
|Chevrolet Tahoe||GMC Yukon|
|Chevrolet TrailBlazer||GMC Envoy|
|Chrysler Town & Country||Dodge Grand Caravan|
|Dodge Avenger||Chrysler Sebring|
|Dodge Charger||Chrysler 300|
|Dodge Dakota||Mitsubishi Raider|
|Dodge Durango||Chrysler Aspen|
|Ford Edge||Lincoln MKX|
|Ford Escape||Mazda Tribute|
|Ford Expedition||Lincoln Navigator|
|Ford Fusion||Lincoln MKZ|
|Ford Ranger||Mazda B-Series|
|Ford Taurus||Lincoln MKS|
|Hyundai Accent||Kia Rio|
|Hyundai Entourage||Kia Sedona|
|Jeep Compass||Jeep Patriot|
|Jeep Liberty||Dodge Nitro|
|Nissan Armada||Infiniti QX56|
|Nissan Frontier||Suzuki Equator|
|Tesla Roadster||Lotus Elise|
|Toyota 4Runner||Lexus GX470|
|Toyota Camry||Lexus ES350|
|Toyota Land Cruiser||Lexus LX570|
|Toyota Matrix||Pontiac Vibe|
My Recommendation for Car ShoppersTrueCar No-Haggle, CarsDirect, and Ryde Shopper are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
- Gregg Fidan
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About: Gregg Fidan
Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.