Why Car Shows are the Best Place to Start Your Car Search
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 International Car Show - Birmingham AL Auto Show
Arizona Auto Show - Phoenix AZ
LA Auto Show - Los Angeles Car Show - Los Angeles CA
San Diego Auto Show - Car Show San Diego CA
San Jose CA Auto Show - San Jose California
Sacramento Auto Show - Sacramento CA Auto Show
San Francisco Auto Show - San Francisco CA Auto Show
Orange County Auto Show - Anaheim CA Auto Show
Denver Auto Show - Denver Colorado Car and Truck Show
District Of Columbia (Washington DC)
South Florida International Auto Show - Miami Fl Auto Show and Car Show
Jacksonville FL Auto Show - Jax Auto Show Florida FL
Orlando FL Auto Show - Central Florida Auto Show
Atlanta Auto Show - Atlanta GA
Hawaii International Auto Show - First Hawaiian Auto Show - Honolulu HI
Chicago Auto Show - Chicago Illinois IL Car Show
Indy Auto Show - Indianapolis IN Auto Show
Iowa Regional Auto Show - Davenport IA
Louisville KY New Car Show - Louisville Kentucky Auto Show
New Orleans Auto Show - New Orleans LA
Baltimore Auto Show - MD
Boston Auto Show - Boston MA Auto Show
Twin Cities Auto Show - Minneapolis MN
New Mexico Auto Show - Albuquerque NM
Buffalo Auto Show - Buffalo NY Car Show
Northeast International Auto Show - Providence RI Auto Show
South Carolina Auto Show - Greenville SC
Pioneer Auto Show - Murdo SD
Utah Auto Expo - Salt Lake City
Virginia Auto Show - Richmond VA
West Virginia Auto Show - Charleston WV
My Recommendation for Car ShoppersTrueCar No-Haggle, Edmunds Price Promise and 1-800 Car Show 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
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.