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Car Sales Hit 15 Month High in August

September 3, 2009

August Car Sales 1.26 million car shoppers purchased a new car last month, making it the best sales period in 15 months.

This wasn't surprising considering the huge success of the "cash for clunkers" program.

What's surprising is that some car makers such as GM and Chrysler actually had a decrease in sales compared to last August.

This is bad news for car makers because now that "cash for clunkers" has ended, sales going forward are expected to be dismill. In fact, September sales may be the worst to come.

Ford was the big winner with an increase in sales of 17% compared to the same time last year. Honda and Toyota weren't far behind with sales increasing 15% and 11% respectively.

Chrysler sales were down nearly 24% while Chevrolet was down nearly 10%. GM and Chrysler weren't able to take advantage of the "cash for clunkers" program partly due to production problems stemming from their bankruptcies.

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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