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Best Deals on Leftover Models

September 6, 2012

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.

VehicleVehicleNotes
2012 Chevrolet Impala6 years since last significant update. Redesign coming in 2014
2012 Chevrolet MalibuAll-new 2013 version arriving in the fall. Good reliability
2012 Ford FusionRedesigned version coming this fall, will be larger
2012 Ford MustangThe 2013 model will have some minor styling and equipment changes
2012 GMC AcadiaA refreshed 2013 model will be arriving this fall
2012 Honda AccordAll-new 2013 version arriving in the fall, but the 2012 version is still popular
2012 Lexus ES 350Full redesign for 2013 model, expect deep discounts
2012 Nissan AltimaAll-new 2013 version has been for sale for a couple of months now
2012 Nissan PathfinderAll-new 2013 model hitting dealer showrooms soon
2012 Toyota AvalonFull redesign for 2013 model, expect deep discounts
2012 Chevrolet TraverseA refresh is coming for the 2013 model
2012 Ford Escape2013 version is the first complete redesign since 2000
2012 Hyundai Santa FeFully redesigned for 2013

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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