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50 New Cars "Ripe for the Picking"

November 3, 2016

The table below aims to show you which vehicles are "ripe for the picking", meaning now is a great time to purchase due to various market conditions.

I've been analyzing TrueCar's pricing data since the beginning of the year. With several months worth of data, I can pinpoint which vehicles have the best deals going on right now (compared to what they were selling for over the past 10 months).

The important column below is the "Peak Price Drop". It shows how much you would save right now compared to shoppers who purchased the same vehicle at it's peak over the past 10 months. For example, if you were to buy the 2016 Lexus GS 200t this week, you would save about 16% (or $7,997) more than the average buyer paid for the same vehicle at its peak earlier this year.

The best way to use the chart below is to see if any vehicle you're interested in is on the list. If so, then now is a great time to buy that vehicle. Each vehicle on this list is either at or near its 10-month peak deal.

Use TrueCar to quickly see which dealers can match these prices in your local area.

50 Cars Ripe for the Picking

VehicleAvg MSRPCurrent Avg PricePeak Price DropSavings
2016 FIAT 500L$22,197$16,56419%$4,301.78
2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van$31,125$26,46517%$5,428.20
2016 Lexus GS 200t$49,003$41,02316%$7,997.29
2016 Ford C-Max Energi$33,459$26,24516%$5,450.47
2016 Nissan Titan XD$50,163$41,28016%$7,785.30
2017 Dodge Journey$26,498$22,43015%$3,972.05
2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van$36,567$31,33914%$5,126.69
2016 Nissan Murano$38,042$30,89914%$5,276.43
2016 Kia Cadenza$39,391$32,30314%$5,459.59
2016 Nissan Altima$26,527$20,91614%$3,644.81
2016 Ford Fusion Energi$37,290$28,77613%$4,970.76
2016 Ram ProMaster City Cargo Van$25,560$20,37113%$3,376.48
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage$15,575$13,08713%$2,049.67
2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid$27,364$22,20313%$3,551.85
2016 FIAT 500$19,779$16,31813%$2,563.36
2017 Hyundai Elantra$20,997$17,57813%$2,662.42
2016 Lexus CT 200h$34,614$29,34213%$4,347.52
2016 Chrysler 200$27,294$23,95012%$3,348.97
2016 Ford Taurus$33,450$27,31012%$4,020.69
2016 Lexus RC 200t$44,957$38,08812%$5,286.94
2016 Ford Fusion$27,321$21,96111%$3,125.52
2016 Mercedes-Benz B-Class$43,595$38,42211%$4,969.83
2016 Mitsubishi Lancer$21,403$17,24511%$2,409.98
2016 Ford Fiesta$18,465$15,34111%$2,018.22
2016 Jeep Renegade$25,790$21,31011%$2,816.27
2016 Jeep Cherokee$30,900$25,16111%$3,327.93
2016 Lexus ES 300h$44,364$37,97411%$4,742.51
2016 Ford Expedition EL$55,805$46,15611%$5,959.97
2016 Lexus ES 350$42,297$35,99911%$4,513.09
2016 Nissan Sentra$19,697$16,57811%$2,099.70
2016 Lincoln MKT$48,709$42,23910%$4,982.93
2016 Kia Optima$28,131$23,25910%$2,858.11
2016 Lexus RC 300$48,237$41,82010%$4,881.58
2017 Jeep Compass$25,103$21,60510%$2,515.32
2016 Lexus RC 350$47,162$40,91610%$4,650.17
2017 Hyundai Elantra GT$22,460$19,29910%$2,169.64
2016 Jaguar XJ$80,895$72,77610%$7,806.37
2016 Chevrolet Sonic$18,056$15,31710%$1,742.40
2016 Nissan NV200$22,438$19,23110%$2,156.29
2016 Hyundai Veloster$23,026$17,27010%$2,189.77
2017 Ford Escape$29,349$25,5269%$2,779.35
2016 Hyundai Accent$16,781$13,5829%$1,579.09
2016 Ram ProMaster City Wagon$26,811$22,3249%$2,490.74
2016 Dodge Challenger$37,060$32,9909%$3,431.76
2017 Dodge Grand Caravan$29,200$25,5469%$2,701.00
2016 Toyota Prius$27,927$24,9329%$2,577.66
2016 Lexus GS 350$55,629$48,6079%$5,128.99
2016 Buick Verano$25,382$23,1779%$2,330.07
2016 Kia Optima Hybrid$29,621$23,9509%$2,719.21

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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