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Dealers Eagar to Sell Remaining 2009 Models

January 28, 2010

2009 clearance saleThey may not be advertising the last of their 2009 cars as clearance items, but for dealerships looking to fill their lots with new cars, everything must go.

Buyers looking for a pristine car can find a lot of deals among the 2009 models that are still sitting on the lot. Dealers are attempting to move as many as possible, both to make room for new models and to avoid paying financing charges for unsold cars.

If they're still on the lot, cars from Infiniti, Suzuki, Saturn and other GM makes are available with 0% financing. Across the board there are rebates that range from $1,000 on compact Suzukis to more than $7,500 on any Saabs still available.

Finding the perfect car may be somewhat difficult now, as the models and colors that are left mean fewer choices. However, if you're willing to own a car with your second choice of color or one that doesn't have every option you want, expect to pay 5-10 percent less thanks to the dealer's push to clear inventory.

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California Residents - Important:

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- 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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