Wait to Purchase a Toyota Prius After Summer
First the bad news: The Toyota Prius is nearly sold out at dealers nationwide, making it very difficult to negotiate a good deal.
Inventory is down to just four days' supply, meaning customers will be unlikely to drive away with the exact color and model they want.
Many Toyota dealers currently don't even have ANY Priuses on their lots.
Now the good news: If you wait to purchase until after summer, it looks like supplies should increase while prices drop.
Toyota recently announced they will be exporting 36,000 additional Prius hatchbacks to the U.S. this summer. There are currently only 3,000 Priuses in inventory, so this should help ease demand.
Toyota hopes for production of the hybrid to return to normal levels by September - and begin to exceed those levels in October.
Your best bet will be to wait until the end of the year before purchasing a Prius.
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.
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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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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