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Largest Hidden Dealer Rebates

May 28, 2015

Hidden rebates, also known as "dealer cash", are bonus rebates given to dealers by the manufacturer every time they sell a certain vehicle. They're very similar to customer cash-back rebates, but instead of YOU getting the rebate, the dealer gets to keep it - all while remaining hidden from the car buyer.

The purpose of hidden dealer rebates is to help unpopular vehicles sell faster without the stigma of large discounts. In theory, dealers will pass the hidden bonus to consumers through a lower purchase price, but if you don't take the time to comparison shop multiple dealers, you may never get the discount. The following is a list of vehicles with the largest hidden dealer rebates available right now. In addition to the hidden dealer rebates, some also come with traditional cash-back rebates as well.

In order to maximize your chances of getting the hidden dealer rebate, I recommend you use TrueCar and Edmunds Price Promise to see the best prices being offered by local dealers.

Largest Hidden Rebates: 2015 Models

Vehicle Hidden Rebate
2015JaguarXJ $10,000
2015AcuraRLX $9,000
2015VolkswagenTouareg $6,000
2015Volkswagene-Golf $4,250
2015VolkswagenPassat $4,250
2015JaguarXF $4,000
2015VolkswagenCC $4,000
2015Mercedes-BenzSL-Class $3,500
2015VolkswagenTiguan $3,500
2015PorschePanamera $3,400
2015AcuraILX $3,000
2015HondaCrosstour $3,000
2015JaguarF-TYPE $3,000
2015Mercedes-BenzE-Class $3,000
2015HondaPilot $2,750
2015Mercedes-BenzSLK-Class $2,500
2015ToyotaPrius $2,500
2015ToyotaPrius v $2,250
2015MazdaMazda5 $2,000
2015MazdaMazda6 $2,000
2015Mercedes-BenzC-Class $2,000
2015ToyotaAvalon $2,000
2015ToyotaAvalon Hybrid $2,000
2015ToyotaVenza $2,000

Largest Hidden Rebates: 2014 Models

Vehicle Hidden Rebate
2014CadillacELR $20,000
2014JaguarXJ $11,000
2014JaguarXK $11,000
2014AcuraRLX $9,000
2014AudiS8 $9,000
2014InfinitiQ70 $9,000
2014AudiA8 $8,000
2014CadillacCTS $8,000
2014NissanLeaf $7,500
2014JaguarF-TYPE $7,000
2014NissanMurano CrossCabriolet $7,000
2014JaguarXF $6,500
2014ChevroletSilverado 2500HD $6,000
2014ChevroletSilverado 3500HD $6,000
2014FordExpedition $6,000
2014GMCSierra 2500HD $6,000
2014GMCSierra 3500HD $6,000
2014ChryslerTown and Country $5,750
2014FordC-Max Energi $5,500
2014FordF-250 Super Duty $5,500
2014FordF-350 Super Duty $5,500
2014FordF-450 Super Duty $5,500
2014FordTaurus $5,500
2014ToyotaPrius Plug-in $5,200
2014CadillacATS $5,000
2014HyundaiEquus $5,000
2014LexusLS 460 $4,800
2014LexusLS 600h L $4,800
2014FordFusion Energi $4,500
2014InfinitiQX70 $4,500
2014AudiA6 $4,000
2014AudiA7 $4,000
2014AudiS6 $4,000
2014AudiS7 $4,000
2014CadillacXTS $4,000
2014Chrysler200 $4,000
2014FordFocus $4,000
2014GMCSierra 1500 $4,000

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar 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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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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