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Not a Good Time to Buy Audi Right Now

April 15, 2010

Audi VehiclesIf you're thinking of buying an Audi, you better think twice if you want to get a great deal.

Audi currently has a limited supply of vehicles and car shoppers are clamouring to buy the ones that are still left. This is a classic sellers market which means Audi dealers don't have much motivation to negotiate on price.

The reason for the limited inventory is due in part to Audi's mistake in forecasting 2009 sales. They had allocated 6,000 fewer vehicles for the US market in expectation that sales would slow down near the end of the year.

Sales actually increased in the later part of 2009 and Audi ended up with a 35% rise in first quarter sales this year compared to last.

Audi has an average 29-days worth of supply on dealer lots at the moment. Most car manufacturers consider a 60-day supply to be optimal so that consumers can have a decent selection of colors and options to choose from.

The models with the greatest shortage are the Audi Q5 and Q7.

Your best bet is to wait a few months and hope Audi supply catches up with demand. Audi will be allocating 3,000 additional vehicles to the US market this year, so hopefuly that will help move transaction prices lower.

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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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