Buying a New Car More Attractive Due to Higher Used Car Prices
The average wholesale price of a used vehicle in June was $10,167, according to ADESA Auctions. This is the first time the average price broke the $10,000 level in over a year.
In addition to weak new car sales, rental car companies have been keeping their cars longer instead of selling them at auction after only 2 to 3 years. This has reduced the number of used cars for sale.
This is all good news if you're looking to buy a new car and have a trade-in. Higher used car prices makes buying new more attractive while also increasing the amount you get for your trade-in.
Some used cars have gone up in value so quickly, the pricing guides have not kept up with the changes. Keep that in mind if you're going to be selling your used car, you don't want to get short-changed. Use our Car Trade-In Tips to get the best price for your used car.
3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum MoneyThe key to getting the best deal is to gather price or lease bids from as many local dealers as possible. Then shop that best price around until no one can beat it. Here are the steps:
Step 1 Get Prices From My Trusted NetworkSelect the vehicle you're interested in to see if there are local dealers in my network who will provide you with their best upfront price. You will get direct access to an internet sales manager who you can further negotiate with online (no need to visit dealership).
Step 2 Get Prices From TrueCar / CarsDirectTrueCar, and CarsDirect are my top 2 online price quote recommendations. These services show you pre-negotiated prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually pretty decent. But remember, you can still negotiate further.
Step 3 Complete my ChecklistFollow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
- Gregg Fidan
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- Best Rebates, Incentives, and Lease Deals
- Latest Car Buying Scams and Tricks
- The Best & Worst Time to Buy a Car
- Which Cars You Should Avoid