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Why Car Shows are the Best Place to Start Your Car Search

Going to a car show is by far the best way to begin your car shopping process.

It allows you to compare all the latest offerings from practically every manufacturer, all in one place - and without annoying salesmen breathing down your back. You won't have to drive all over town, wasting gas and countless hours going from dealer to dealer.

Oftentimes, you'll see cars that you never even considered buying at first, but now are high up on your list. There's really no substitute to actually seeing the car in person, being able to sit inside and get a feel for what it's like to own it.

The one drawback to a car show is that you won't be able to test drive the cars. However, after visiting a show, you should be able to narrow your choices down to a select few that you can later test drive at a local dealer.

Here is a list of car shows categorized by State. No matter where you live, you should be able to find a car show near you.

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District Of Columbia (Washington DC)

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

  • N/A

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

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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