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Good Time to Buy 2010 Mazda6 or Ford Mustang

February 18, 2010

Ford MustangThe Mazda6 and the Ford Mustang have had sales declines 10 percent greater than any of their competitors, and that fact has led to the loss of some 900 production jobs at the joint facility where both are being built.

Buyers who are considering either of these cars should be able to get a good deal right now.

The sweet spot will be between now and the end of March. Dealerships are going to be trying to clear lot space for 2011 models in advance of early summer deliveries, and more importantly the production slowdown should not affect supply and demand for the near term.

Comparing the Mazda6 to its competitors, it lost nearly a third of its sales from 2008 to 2009, compared to roughly one quarter for Nissan's Altima and Honda's Accord. The Toyota Camry only experienced a drop of 18 percent, though that is likely to be affected this year by the spate of recalls.

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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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