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Audi Can't Keep up With Demand

May 5, 2011

Apparently there's a downside to success.

The luxury brand Audi is down to a 27-day supply of vehicles, finding it difficult to keep dealerships stocked.

Obviously, this is bad news for Audi buyers looking for a good deal.

Maxed out at factories in Europe and having to ship vehicles across an ocean means orders for a new Audi can take months.

And if customers face a long wait for what can be an emotion-driven buying decision, Audi risks losing sales as a result.

The waiting game hasn't stopped Audi from turning up the heat in California, though, as sales have jumped from 3.5 percent to 10 percent market share.

Beyond supply issues, Audi is also struggling to push higher-end products.

Only 15 percent of overall sales come from the A6, a number Audi hopes to stretch to 55 percent.

The automaker is hoping the A7 and diesel-powered Q7 SUVs help solve that problem as well.

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, 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.

New York Tri-State Residents - Important:

There is a new car leasing service called Carvoy, available to NY tri-state area residents, which I recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with car dealerships. Carvoy provides pre-negotiated lease deals, calculated with taxes and all fees incuded so you know exactly what it will cost. Here is my list of Best Carvoy deals, updated each month.

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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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