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Used Car Prices May Drop 5% in June

May 31, 2012

The prices of fuel-efficient used vehicles are expected to drop by 5% in June, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Prices had been increasing since January, but they peaked this month and are expected to keep falling through the end of summer.

With gas prices below $4 per gallon, car buyers are more likely to consider larger cars and SUVs instead of smaller, fuel-efficient vehicles. For example, a 2009 Honda Civic LX is expected to drop in price by $600 in June.

Used hybrid vehicle prices are also expected to drop by a good margin, so if you've been waiting for a deal on these types of used vehicles, this summer should offer you plenty of options.

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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