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The Hardest Vehicles to Negotiate Right Now

April 19, 2012

Despite the fact the current generation Hyundai Elantra is now in its third year of production, it is still the most in-demand vehicle right now, according to Cars.com.

Each 2013 Elantra takes an average of only 3 days to sell once it hits dealer lots. That's even quicker than the hot-selling Toyota Prius c, which takes an average of 6 days.

The longer a vehicle takes to sell, the more negotiating room you have as a buyer. The average new vehicle today sits on the lot for 41 days before selling. The ones that sell the quickest are usually new models that are just starting to hit dealer showrooms. Waiting a few months before purchasing a hot seller will usually save you money as supplies slowly catch up to demand.

Hardest Vehicles to Negotiate

  1. 2013 Hyundai Elantra sedan: 3 days
  2. 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in: 4 days
  3. 2012 Toyota Prius c: 6 days
  4. 2013 Ford Explorer: 7 days
  5. 2012 Audi Q7: 8 days
  6. 2013 Ford Edge: 8 days
  7. 2012 Porsche Cayenne: 9 days
  8. 2012 Subaru Impreza hatchback: 9 days
  9. 2012 Hyundai Elantra sedan: 10 days
  10. 2013 Mazda CX-5: 10 days
  11. 2012 Honda CR-V: 11 days
  12. 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: 11 days
  13. 2012 Audi Q5: 12 days
  14. 2012 BMW 328i sedan: 12 days
  15. 2012 Hyundai Veloster: 12 days
  16. 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen: 12 days
  17. 2013 Lexus GS 350: 12 days

Easiest Vehicles to Negotiate

  1. 2012 Infiniti M56: 232 days
  2. 2012 Porsche Boxster: 169 days
  3. 2012 BMW 650i convertible: 109 days
  4. 2012 Chevrolet Camaro convertible: 107 days
  5. 2012 Nissan NV Van: 105 days
  6. 2012 Infiniti EX35: 100 days
  7. 2012 Volkswagen Eos: 98 days
  8. 2012 Jaguar XKR convertible: 98 days
  9. 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG: 95 days
  10. 2012 Mazda3 sedan: 84 days
  11. 2012 Dodge Challenger: 59 days
  12. 2012 Dodge Durango: 58 days
  13. 2012 Infiniti G37 sedan: 58 days
  14. 2012 Ford Fusion: 54 days
  15. 2012 Volvo S60: 53 days
  16. 2012 Acura TL: 48 days
  17. 2012 Chevrolet Volt: 46 days

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise 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

Gregg Fidan

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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