Used Car Prices Expected to Drop in 2010
This past year however, used car prices steadily increased due to unusually low supply. With new car sales near 30-year lows, people were trading-in fewer cars for new ones. In addition, rental car companies were keeping their vehicles for a longer duration rather than upgrading to newer models.
According to USA Today, there were 8 million fewer used cars and trucks over the past two years.
If economists are correct, that's about to change in 2010. Car sales have recently improved and economists are expecting a 15% increase in new car sales this year. This means more people will be trading-in their used cars, thus increasing the supply.
This is good news if you intend to buy a used car this year. But keep in mind that new car sales are still way below average and used car prices will still be higher than usual. If you're buying used, our advice is to buy a car that is at least 3 years old. If you're looking for anything newer than that, your savings won't be as large.
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).
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- Gregg Fidan
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