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Best and Worst Cars to Negotiate a Good Deal

Best and Worst Car DealsLast month was a strong sales month overall, especially for SUVs - 16 of the top 20 fastest sellers were SUVs or crossovers, and the Honda Odyssey brings the total non-car group up to 17.

The only three cars on the list were all luxury models.

The fastest-selling non-luxury car was the Chevy Cruze, sitting on lots for only 16 days before being sold.

The faster a car sells, the less negotiating room you have on the price. Dealers can't keep the cars on the lot, so why would they sell it at a low price?

However brisk some sales of new models were, the lingering 2010s have slowed the average time it takes to sell a new car to 83 days.

That's up from 69 days in October and is the slowest of the year.

Fastest Sellers (Hard to Negotiate Price)

  1. 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe
  2. 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
  3. 2011 BMW 535i xDrive
  4. 2011 Nissan Juke
  5. 2011 VW Touareg
  6. 2011 Subaru Forester
  7. 2011 Mercedes-Benz S550
  8. 2011 Lincoln MKX
  9. 2011 Honda Odyssey

Slowest Sellers (Easy to Negotiate Price)

  1. 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6
  2. 2010 Jaguar XK8 coupe
  3. 2010 BMW 650i convertible
  4. 2010 Lexus HS 250h
  5. 2010 BMW 650i coupe
  6. 2010 VW New Beetle convertible
  7. 2010 Mazda MX-5 Power Retractable Hardtop

3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum Money

The 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 Network

Select 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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Step 2 Get Prices From TrueCar / CarsDirect

TrueCar, 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 Checklist

Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
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About The Author

Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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