The Best No-Haggle Prices on 2012 Models
Using the TrueCar Pricing Tool, I did a search for the largest discounts currently being offered on 2012 models.
There are over 5,000 dealerships providing pre-negotiated prices through TrueCar, oftentimes offering rock-bottom prices (although you should still try to negotiate lower).
Some dealers are actually offering vehicles for below cost, hoping to make up the revenue by selling add-ons such as extended warranties. Other dealers, feeling threatened, are trying to shut down TrueCar through legislation that prohibits them from doing business in their State.
This is actually a good sign for buyers. It shows that TrueCar does provide deals that are eating away dealer profits.
Here are the largest discounts I was able to find with a quick search in Southern California:
|Vehicle||Average Savings off MSRP||% Discount|
|2012 Mitsubishi Galant||$3,441||15%|
|2012 Toyota Tundra 2WD||$3,802||15%|
|2012 Chevrolet Malibu||$3,280||14%|
|2012 Nissan Frontier||$2,466||13%|
|2012 Ford Focus||$2,457||13%|
|2012 Chevrolet Impala||$3,436||13%|
|2012 Nissan Altima||$2,692||13%|
|2012 Ford Expedition||$4,855||13%|
|2012 Nissan Sentra||$2,219||13%|
|2012 Ford Expedition EL||$5,119||12%|
|2012 Lincoln MKS||$5,108||12%|
|2012 Ford Flex||$3,725||12%|
|2012 Ford Fusion||$2,542||12%|
|2012 Nissan Maxima||$3,574||11%|
|2012 Nissan Murano||$3,464||11%|
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.
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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