The Largest "Hidden" Car Incentives Currently Available
December 9, 2010
Car manufacturers sometimes give dealers "hidden" factory-to-dealer rebates, often called "marketing support".
The money is offered only at certain times when sales for particular models need a little "push".
It's useful to know which makes and models currently receive marketing support from the manufacturer because these cars will tend to have a lot of room for negotiating.
Prices on these vehicles will be lower than normal, and if the dealer adds his own discount, the deals can be even sweeter.
This kind of discount from a dealer is preferable to getting a direct-to-customer rebate, mainly due to tax reasons.
Sales tax on a new car is calculated on the selling price, after discounts are subtracted, but before rebates are deducted. So with these hidden discounts, your sales tax will be less.
Here are the largest factory-to-dealer rebates currently available. These are all good until the end of the year:
2010 BMW M6 $12,500
2010 BMW 6 Series $10,000
2009 Cadillac XLR $10,000
2009 Cadillac XLR-V $10,000
2010 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class $10,000
2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class $10,000
2010 Audi A8 $9,700
2009 Saab 9-7X $9,000
2010 Cadillac DTS $8,000
2010 Cadillac Escalade $8,000
2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid $8,000
2010 Cadillac STS $8,000
2010 Audi S6 $7,000
2010 Cadillac Escalade ESV $7,000
2010 Cadillac Escalade EXT $7,000
2010 Infiniti QX56 $7,000
2010 Audi A6 $6,000
2010 Cadillac CTS Wagon $6,000
2009 Cadillac STS-V $6,000
2010 Mercury Grand Marquis $5,500
2011 Mercury Grand Marquis $5,500
2010 Volvo S80 $5,500
2010 Volvo XC70 $5,500
2010 Audi TTS $5,400
2010 Cadillac CTS $5,000
2010 Cadillac CTS-V $5,000
2011 Cadillac DTS $5,000
2011 Cadillac STS $5,000
2010 Chevrolet Impala $5,000
2010 Infiniti FX50 $5,000
2010 Lincoln Town Car $5,000
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