Too Much Demand for Luxury Cars - Wait a Few Months
Luxury car brands such as Mercedes, BMW and Audi have been having a hard time keeping up with demand lately. This doesn't bode well for consumers wanting to buy these brands.
Demand from the U.S. and China has caused them to expand operations in 2011, as their plants have been running at full capacity, yet remain months behind in filling orders.
Audi says their highest demand is for its A3 ($27,000) and A6 ($44,000) models, with a wait time of nearly four months.
BMW and Mercedes-Benz are also working hard to keep up with demand.
What does this mean to you? If you’re in the market for a German luxury car, you may want to wait several months for supply to catch up to demand.
If you want to shorten your wait time, consider buying a leftover 2010 model if there are still some in your area. They will likely have steep discounts compared to 2011 models.
Additionally, if demand remains high, automakers won’t offer significant financing or cash back deals on their 2011 models, meaning a longer than usual wait without the usual incentives.
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- Gregg Fidan
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