New Car Rebates and Incentives for April
New car incentives for April are fewer and less aggressive than in previous months, due to shortages from last month's disaster in Japan.
Incentives from Toyota, Honda, Acura, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and a few others had already been announced before the quake, but beyond these few, new incentives have been modest, or non-existent - and we can expect this to be the case through summer.
The best deals continue to be on leftover 2010 models at dealerships.
Dealers must get rid of these older models and are offering rebates, low-interest loans, and factory-to-dealer cash. However, expect choices to be limited and only consider buying a leftover if you can get a discount of at least 25% compared to the current year model.
Here is a summary of some of the current incentives for April 2011:
Hyundai – $400 to $500 rebates on some models. $1500 on 2011 Genesis, $1000 on Veracruz, Equus, Sante Fe.
Nissan – Good rebates are being offered this month on a few models/styles (up to $3500 on 2011 Titan, $2500 on 2011 Pathfinder, $2000 on 2011 Frontier, $1500 on 2011 Maxima).
Infiniti – Low interest rates (0% APR on 2011 G37 Convertible; 0.9% on 2011 EX, FX, G Coupe, G Sedan; and 1.9% on the 2012 M, 2011 M37, M56).
BMW – Special leases are available for the 2011 1-Series, 3-Series, 5-Series, 7-Series, X3, X5, X6, and Z4. Low interest rates (as low as 0.9% APR) are offered on most models.
Ford – Small rebates averaging about $500, even on 2010 models. Low-interest loan rates in the range of 0% APR to 2.9% APR are also being offered.
Chrysler – Decent rebates on leftover 2010 models - $6,750 on 2010 Chrysler 300, $5,500 on 2010 Chrysler Sebring and Town and Country, $3,750 on 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser.
Mazda – Rebates of $500 on many models, 0% APR loans on selected models, and a few good lease deals on limited styles of the 2011 CX-7, CX-9, MAZDA3, MAZDA5, MAZDA6, and MX-5 Miata.
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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