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Don't Expect Great Deals on These Chrysler Models

August 20, 2009

Jeep Patriot Chrysler's bankrupty has created a situation where dealers are in very short supply of certain high-mpg vehicles.

The bankrupty delayed production of 2010 models and the "cash for clunkers" program created a lot of demand for the remaining inventory of high-mpg Chrysler vehicles.

Chrysler doesn't plan on ramping up production because they don't want to be stuck with a large inventory of cars in the fall. With supplies low, dealers are not going to be negotiating great deals on these models.

Here is a list of Chrysler models which are very low in inventory. The average number of days supply for most manufacturers is around 50 days just to give you some comparison.

Our recommendation is to stay away from buying these vehicles because you're not likely to get a very good deal right now.

VehicleInventoryDays Supply
Jeep Patriot2,200 Vehicles7 Days
Dodge Avenger3,300 Vehicles15 Days
Jeep Compass1,600 Vehicles15 Days
Dodge Caliber5,200 Vehicles17 Days
Dodge Caravan6,200 Vehicles19 Days
Dodge Journey4,100 Vehicles25 Days
Chrysler Sebring2,800 Vehicles26 Days
Chrysler PT Cruiser4,400 Vehicles28 Days

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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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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