How to Time Your Purchase to Maximize Savings
Most car manufacturers are publicly traded which means they have to report sales and earnings each year. These companies, along with the analysts that follow them, set yearly targets called sales and earnings estimates. If a company misses these targets, they can see their stock price drop quickly.
If a manufacturer is not on track to hit their target by year-end, they may increase incentives to get some last minute sales. This is one of the reasons why the end of the year is a great time to buy a new car. Both manufacturers and dealers are trying to hit their yearly goals.
But some manufacturers don't follow the calendar year to determine their financials. Most Japanese manufacturers have a fiscal year ending on March 31st. You may see some especially large incentives during the month of March for these brands - and now you know why.
If you're an expert at timing your purchase, you'll want to wait until March for import brands and end of the year for domestic and other brands. Here's a list of manufacturers along with their fiscal year end:
|Brand||Fiscal Year End|
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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.