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Used Hybrid Prices Down 25% Since Last Summer

May 20, 2009

Hybrid CarLast summer, hybrids were all the rage. Toyota dealers were selling the Prius as soon as they hit the lot. Demand was so high, consumers were selling used hybrids on Ebay for more than the MSRP of a brand new one.

How times have changed. According to Kelly Blue Book, used hybrid prices have fallen 25% since last summer. Lower fuel prices coupled with the recession has slashed demand.

This is a great example of how demand can dictate the price of cars. Now is looking like a good time to consider a hybrid. You always want to buy when demand is low and supply high and that's certainly the case now.

To add icing on the cake, Honda and Toyota have both recently introduced new hybrids. The all new 2010 Toyota Prius and 2010 Honda Insight will be competing head to head during a time when consumers aren't buying as many hybrids.

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar 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.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- 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.

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