Buying a New Car More Attractive Due to Higher Used Car Prices
Due to the large drop in new car sales over the last year, used car prices have been steadily inching up.
The average wholesale price of a used vehicle in June was $10,167, according to ADESA Auctions. This is the first time the average price broke the $10,000 level in over a year.
In addition to weak new car sales, rental car companies have been keeping their cars longer instead of selling them at auction after only 2 to 3 years. This has reduced the number of used cars for sale.
This is all good news if you're looking to buy a new car and have a trade-in. Higher used car prices makes buying new more attractive while also increasing the amount you get for your trade-in.
Some used cars have gone up in value so quickly, the pricing guides have not kept up with the changes. Keep that in mind if you're going to be selling your used car, you don't want to get short-changed. Use our Car Trade-In Tips to get the best price for your used car.
My Recommendation for Car ShoppersTrueCar, Edmunds, 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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