Best Deals on Leftover Models
Smart car shoppers know that September marks the start of "leftover season", the time when next year's models start hitting showrooms and dealers need to make room by getting rid of the leftovers.
Between now and December is your best chance to get a great deal AND have a good selection of vehicles to choose from. The longer you wait, the less chance there is to get the exact color and options you want. Keep in mind that most manufacturers have stopped producing the 2012 models, so whatever is left on the lots is what you have to choose from.
This week, Edmunds.com released their list of leftover models that are currently offering the best deals. Check it out below, and make sure you use the CarWoo Deal Finder to get the biggest discounts.
|2012 Chevrolet Impala||6 years since last significant update. Redesign coming in 2014|
|2012 Chevrolet Malibu||All-new 2013 version arriving in the fall. Good reliability|
|2012 Ford Fusion||Redesigned version coming this fall, will be larger|
|2012 Ford Mustang||The 2013 model will have some minor styling and equipment changes|
|2012 GMC Acadia||A refreshed 2013 model will be arriving this fall|
|2012 Honda Accord||All-new 2013 version arriving in the fall, but the 2012 version is still popular|
|2012 Lexus ES 350||Full redesign for 2013 model, expect deep discounts|
|2012 Nissan Altima||All-new 2013 version has been for sale for a couple of months now|
|2012 Nissan Pathfinder||All-new 2013 model hitting dealer showrooms soon|
|2012 Toyota Avalon||Full redesign for 2013 model, expect deep discounts|
|2012 Chevrolet Traverse||A refresh is coming for the 2013 model|
|2012 Ford Escape||2013 version is the first complete redesign since 2000|
|2012 Hyundai Santa Fe||Fully redesigned for 2013|
My Recommendation for Car ShoppersTrueCar 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
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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