Better Car Deals Being Offered in July
If you're a holdout for better incentives and discounts, your waiting strategy looks like it may be a winner.
Disappointing June sales are forcing automakers to extend discounts -- including rebates and better loan terms -- on new cars and trucks.
Toyota is extending incentives through Aug. 2, including low- and no-interest financing - caused by fallout from its massive recalls.
Incentives for July are slightly better than they were in June, but don't expect rock-bottom pricing like last summer. Automakers are keeping inventories low so as not to require expensive incentives to move cars off lots.
Still, there are good deals to be had. General Motors is offering 0% financing across most of its brands, as is Ford and Nissan. Even Mini and Honda are offering low-interest financing.
Special lease deals are available too. Plus, if sales continue to slow, automakers may sweeten deals even more to clear 2010 models off their lots to make way for the 2011 models.
My Recommendation for Car ShoppersTrueCar, Edmunds, 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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