Best and Worst Cars to Negotiate: April 2011
It was a record sales month for many automakers which is good news for car dealers, but not so-good news for car buyers.
It's definitely starting to become a seller's market, especially with the shortages resulting from Japan's disaster last month.
The average number of days it took to sell a car increased slightly to 48 days. 60 days is considered normal, so there's currently a shortage of vehicles.
Let's take a look at some of the best and worst cars when it comes to price flexibility:
Worst Cars to Negotiate Right Now:
- 2011 Toyota Prius
- 2011 Lexus CT 200h
- 2011 Hyundai Elantra
- 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible
- 2011 BMW X3
- 2011 Ford Explorer
- 2012 Ford Mustang
- 2011 Audi Q5
- 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman
- 2012 Volvo S60
- 2011 Chevrolet Equinox
- 2011 Lexus RX 450h
- 2011 Audi Q7
- 2011 Infiniti QX56
- 2011 Lexus LS 460
- 2011 Nissan Quest
- 2011 Porsche Cayenne
- 2011 GMC Terrain
- 2011 Land Rover Range Rover
- 2011 Honda Odyssey
Best Cars to Negotiate Right Now:
- 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged
- 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse
- 2011 Jaguar XJ Supercharged
- 2011 Infiniti M56
- 2011 BMW Z4
- 2011 VW Eos
- 2011 Nissan Versa sedan
- 2011 Jaguar XKR convertible
- 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
- 2011 Mercedes-Benz SL63
- 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid
- 2011 Volkswagen CC
- 2011 BMW 750i xDrive
- 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
- 2011 Mazda3 sedan
- 2011 Infiniti M37
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
Each week, I'll keep you up-to-date on the latest car deals and news that might affect your purchase. This includes...
- 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