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Cars With the Biggest Discounts

January 3, 2013

Looking to start off 2013 with a new car? Right now there are a number of vehicles that are selling for big discounts off MSRP, including the 2012 Nissan Maxima and the 2013 Ford Escape.

The 15 best deals have been chosen by TrueCar.com, which has access to real price data from around the country. The vehicles on the list sell for as much as 15% off MSRP - and that's the average price. Being a RealCarTips reader, you should expect to do much better than average. If you're considering any of the following vehicles, I recommend using theĀ CarWoo Deal Finder to get the best deal.

15 Biggest Discounts for the New Year

VehicleMSRPMarket Average*$ Savings% SavingsEst. Monthly Payment**
2012 Kia Forte 4dr Sedan$18,350$16,256$2,09411.4%$234
2013 Ford Focus 5dr HB SE$19,995$17,399$2,59613.0%$250
2013 Chrysler 200 4dr Sedan$25,680$22,010$3,67014.3%$316
2013 Ford Escape FWD 4dr SE$25,895$23,669$2,2268.6%$340
2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Ext Cab$28,610$24,683$3,92713.7%$355
2013 Ford Edge 4dr SEL FWD$31,905$28,667$3,23810.1%$412
2012 Nissan Maxima 4dr $35,900$30,442$5,45815.2%$438
2012 Toyota Avalon 4dr$33,990$30,583$3,40710.0%$440
2012 Honda Odyssey 5dr EX-L$35,855$32,289$3,5569.9%$464
2012 Ford Flex 4dr Titanium AWD$44,425$37,937$6,48814.6%$545
2012 Volkswagen Touareg 4dr VR6 Sport$44,245$40,634$3,6118.2%$584
2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee RWD 4dr$45,490$42,789$2,7015.9%$615
2012 Hyundai Genesis 4dr Sedan$47,375$43,737$3,6387.7%$629
2013 BMW 3 Series 4dr Sedan$50,195$44,651$5,54411.0%$642
2013 Infiniti M37 4dr Sedan$51,645$47,706$3,9397.6%$686

*Market average is estimated based on the national average of recent vehicle transactions, including destination and delivery charges after incentives that are subject to change, but does not include tax, title, licensing, documentation or processing fees, other state and governmental charges and/or fees, or any other charges or fees allowed by law.

**Estimated monthly payments are based on a 3% APR for 60 months with 20% down on the current market average price, and excludes sales tax and other fees and charges that may vary by region or state. Actual APR may be subject to credit approval and other factors. These examples are for information purposes only, and are not an offer to lend. See your dealer/lender for details, including actual available offers.

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar 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

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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