Best and Worst Cars to Negotiate: April 2011
When it comes to car sales, March came in like a lion, and went out like a lion, with all kinds of models and makes flying off the lots.
It was a record sales month for many automakers which is good news for car dealers, but not so-good news for car buyers.
It's definitely starting to become a seller's market, especially with the shortages resulting from Japan's disaster last month.
The average number of days it took to sell a car increased slightly to 48 days. 60 days is considered normal, so there's currently a shortage of vehicles.
Let's take a look at some of the best and worst cars when it comes to price flexibility:
Worst Cars to Negotiate Right Now:
- 2011 Toyota Prius
- 2011 Lexus CT 200h
- 2011 Hyundai Elantra
- 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible
- 2011 BMW X3
- 2011 Ford Explorer
- 2012 Ford Mustang
- 2011 Audi Q5
- 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman
- 2012 Volvo S60
- 2011 Chevrolet Equinox
- 2011 Lexus RX 450h
- 2011 Audi Q7
- 2011 Infiniti QX56
- 2011 Lexus LS 460
- 2011 Nissan Quest
- 2011 Porsche Cayenne
- 2011 GMC Terrain
- 2011 Land Rover Range Rover
- 2011 Honda Odyssey
Best Cars to Negotiate Right Now:
- 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged
- 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse
- 2011 Jaguar XJ Supercharged
- 2011 Infiniti M56
- 2011 BMW Z4
- 2011 VW Eos
- 2011 Nissan Versa sedan
- 2011 Jaguar XKR convertible
- 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
- 2011 Mercedes-Benz SL63
- 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid
- 2011 Volkswagen CC
- 2011 BMW 750i xDrive
- 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
- 2011 Mazda3 sedan
- 2011 Infiniti M37
My Recommendation for Car ShoppersTrueCar No-Haggle, Edmunds Price Promise, 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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