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2012 Car Buying Calendar

January

February

March

April

May

  • May 23 - TotalCarScore.com releases Top Scoring Car Awards for 2012
  • May 28 - Memorial Day Weekend - look for special incentives and rebates from dealers and manufacturers
  • Nissan holds their Annual Tent Sale in May
  • Manufacturers start increasing production to meet demand for the spring/summer sales spike

June

  • June 01 - ALG releases Perceived Quality Study for 2012
  • June 15 - JD Power releases Initial Quality Study for 2012 Models 2011 Results
  • Kickoff to peak selling season. Automakers may begin offering larger incentives

July

  • July 04 - 4th of July Weekend - look for special incentives and rebates from dealers and manufacturers
  • July 11 - Pied Piper releases Annual Dealer Satisfaction Results (which dealers treat customers the best) 2011 Results (PDF)
  • July 14 - Strategic Vision Announces 2012 Total Quality Awards 2011 Results
  • Chrsyler typically holds their annual "Summer Clearance Event" in July
  • Edmunds Releases Used Cars Best Bets (based on reliability, safety, value, and availability) 2011 Results
  • Edmunds Releases 2012 Consumers' Top Rated Cars (21 categories) 2011 Results

August

  • August 21 - ACSI releases Annual Ranking of Automakers 2011 Results
  • Most manufacturers stop production on 2012 models, start retooling for 2013 models
  • Edmunds Announces Lowest True Cost to Own Awards 2011 Results
  • Toyota usually holds their Nationwide Clearance Event in August
  • August is the worst time to buy a Used Car More Info

September

  • September 20 - Frankfurt Auto Show: (September 20 - 27, 2012)
  • September 22 - Intellichoice announces Motorist Choice Awards 2011 Results
  • Most 2013 Mode Year Vehicles start hitting showrooms

October

  • Consumer Reports releases Most & Least Reliable Cars for 2012 based on reader survey 2011 Results
  • October is unofficially Truck Month - Ford, GM, RAM may provide large discounts on trucks

November

  • November 16 - MotorTrend Announces 2013 Car of the Year 2012 Result
  • November 17 - Green Car Journal Announces 2013 Green Car of the Year 2012 Result
  • November 30 - Los Angeles Auto Show: (November 30 - December 9, 2012)
  • KBB releases 2013 Best Resale Value Awards 2012 Results
  • ALG releases their 2013 Residual Value Awards winners 2012 Results
  • Intellichoice Announces Certified Pre-Owned Awards 2011 Results
  • End of Year Clearance Sales begin for leftover 2012 models

December

  • December 01 - Consumer Reports releases Ownership Satisfaction Survey 2011 Results
  • December 03 - Tokyo Auto Show: (December 3 - 11, 2012)
  • AOL Autos Announces Best Car & SUV for 2012 2011 Results
  • Most manufacturers offering end of year sales incentives
  • End of December is the Best Time to Buy a New Car


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