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Used Car Prices Expected to Drop Next Year

October 11, 2012

If you've been thinking about buying a used car lately, you might want to wait until next year. That's when late-model used cars are expected to drop in price, according to Automotive News.

The reason: there will be an additional 600,000 off-lease vehicles returning to the maket in 2013 than in 2012. With such a big spike in supply, there's going to be downward pressure on prices.

Some brands, such as Mercedes, are expecting nearly a two-fold increase in the number of off-lease vehicles in 2013 compared to this year. Others, such as Toyota, say their lease-returns won't spike until 2014. GM will start seeing an increase in lease-returns beginning in December of this year and see a larger increase towards the end of 2013.

Most of these vehicles will be coming off of 2 or 3-year leases, so the downward pressure will be felt mostly on late-model used vehicles, but the impact should also affect overall used car prices as well.

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

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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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