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List of Top Hidden Dealer Incentives

December 31, 2009

Hidden IncentivesHidden dealer incentives are cash rebates given to dealers by the manufacturer each time they sell a particular model.

These are usually given to dealers to help increase sales on lower demand models. Dealers don't want car shoppers knowing about these incentives because they want to keep as much of it to themselves as they can. Savy car shoppers can use this knowledge to demand a lower price.

Hidden incentives is one way dealers are able to sell cars below invoice. Not all dealers will pass the incentives over to the consumer, so it pays to get quotes from multiple dealers. Use our Car Buying Method to ensure you're getting the lowest price.

Here is a list of some of the top hidden dealer incentives being offered right now:

2009 Chrysler Aspen, PT Cruiser : $4500

2009 Dodge Sprinter : $5000

2009 Dodge Avenger, Durango, Nitro : $4500

2009 Jeep Commander, Grand Cherokee : $5000

2009 Mercury Grand Marquis, Milan, Sable : $3500

2009 Hummer H2, H2 SUT : $5000

2009 Saab 9-3, 9-5, 9-7X : $8000

2009 Land Rover Ranger Rover : $9000

2009 Land Rover LR2, LR3, Ranger Rover Sport : $6000

2010 Infiniti EX35, M35, M45, QX56 : $6000

2009 Infiniti F35, FX50, M35, M45 : $6000

2009 Infiniti EX35, G37 : $4000

2009 Lexus LS-450, LS-660L, SC 430 : $10,000

2009 Audi A3, A4, A6, S6, S4, S8, TT - $6000

2009 Audi A5, A8, Q5, Q7 : $5000

2009 Volkswagen CC, Eos, Routan : $6000

2009 Volkswagen New Beetle, Tiguan, Passat : $6000

2009 Volkswagen Jetta, Touareg 2, GTI : $5000

2010 Volvo C70, S80, V70, XC70 : $4000

2009 Volvo C70, S60, S80, V70, XC70 : $5500

2009 Volvo C30, S40, V50, XC90 : $4000

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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