Good Deals on Hybrids Likely Soon
The Ford Fusion, Milan and Prius have been wildly popular since they were released, with the Prius leading all cars sold in the U.S. in fuel economy since it's launch. The brake issues in all three models have had fixes announced, and customers are advised to bring their cars in as soon as possible.
That doesn't mean that you should turn away from these hybrids. They've received rave reviews and are great choices for smaller families or mid-career professionals looking to save money on long trips or daily commutes.
What may benefit a potential buyer is to wait while the recalls are completed. There is a sweet spot between when the fixes are proven to work out well, and when the companies need to entice concerned consumers back to their cars.
Both Ford and Toyota are likely to increase incentives on their vehicles in the next couple of months in a race to become the #1 sales leader for 2010.
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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- The Best & Worst Time to Buy a Car
- Which Cars You Should Avoid