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Why You Should be Flexible with Your Car Choice

If you're serious about saving a lot of money on your next car purchase, you need to do something that many car shoppers overlook.

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 EnclaveChevrolet Traverse
Buick VeranoChevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet AvalancheCadillac Escalade EXT
Chevrolet ColoradoGMC Canyon
Chevrolet CorvetteCadillac XLR
Chevrolet ImpalaBuick LaCrosse
Chevrolet SilveradoGMC Sierra
Chevrolet TahoeGMC Yukon
Chevrolet TrailBlazerGMC Envoy
Chrysler Town & CountryDodge Grand Caravan
Dodge AvengerChrysler Sebring
Dodge ChargerChrysler 300
Dodge DakotaMitsubishi Raider
Dodge DurangoChrysler Aspen
Ford EdgeLincoln MKX
Ford EscapeMazda Tribute
Ford ExpeditionLincoln Navigator
Ford FusionLincoln MKZ
Ford RangerMazda B-Series
Ford TaurusLincoln MKS
Hyundai AccentKia Rio
Hyundai EntourageKia Sedona
Jeep CompassJeep Patriot
Jeep LibertyDodge Nitro
Nissan ArmadaInfiniti QX56
Nissan FrontierSuzuki Equator
Tesla RoadsterLotus Elise
Toyota 4RunnerLexus GX470
Toyota CamryLexus ES350
Toyota Land CruiserLexus LX570
Toyota MatrixPontiac Vibe

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise 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

Gregg Fidan

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.

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