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Top 12 Cars to Avoid Buying Right Now


Audi Q5Forbes Magazine recently conducted a study to determine which cars are the most difficult to buy right now due to limited supply.

They compiled inventory data from June and July, averaged it out, and called dealerships to ask how long cars typically stay on their lots before being sold.

Suprisingly, the hardest vehicle to buy right now is an Audi Q5. Audi only has about a 2 weeks supply of the Q5 at current sales figures and the typical dealer sells a Q5 only 4 days after it hits the showroom.

The following list is made up of vehicles you should avoid buying right now. You won't get a good deal since supply and demand is not on your side. Our advice is to wait several months until supply catches up with demand.

RankVehicleDays Supply
1Audi Q516.8
2Chevrolet Camaro18.5
3Toyota Prius18.5
4Toyota Matrix20.9
5Nissan Murano24
6Lexus RX 350/RX Hybrid25
7Toyota FJ Cruiser26.6
8Infiniti QX5626.6
9Toyota RAV428.5
10Ford Escape29.4
11Audi S530.4
12MINI Cooper30.4

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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

Gregg Fidan

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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