Buying a New Car Can Be Cheaper Than Buying Used
No. It's simply a matter of low depreciation for certain cars combined with high incentives (often including low-interest financing).
The new-cheaper-than-used phenomenon is most common in the large-truck and luxury-car category (Luxury SUVs too).
The biggest new-over-used savings was with the 2010 Audi S4, Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD. Over five years of financing, the new car is $5,460 cheaper than a one-year-old used S4.
Another big saving comes from buying a 2010 GMC Sierra 3500HD SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD instead of the previous year's model, saving $1,620 over five years' time.
General Motors was the manufacturer with the highest number of new-cheaper-than-used models, with Honda second and BMW, Nissan and Volkswagen tied for third.
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