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Best and Worst Cars to Negotiate: April 2011

Best Cars to NegotiateWhen it comes to car sales, March came in like a lion, and went out like a lion, with all kinds of models and makes flying off the lots.

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:

  1. 2011 Toyota Prius
  2. 2011 Lexus CT 200h
  3. 2011 Hyundai Elantra
  4. 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible
  5. 2011 BMW X3
  6. 2011 Ford Explorer
  7. 2012 Ford Mustang
  8. 2011 Audi Q5
  9. 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman
  10. 2012 Volvo S60
  11. 2011 Chevrolet Equinox
  12. 2011 Lexus RX 450h
  13. 2011 Audi Q7
  14. 2011 Infiniti QX56
  15. 2011 Lexus LS 460
  16. 2011 Nissan Quest
  17. 2011 Porsche Cayenne
  18. 2011 GMC Terrain
  19. 2011 Land Rover Range Rover
  20. 2011 Honda Odyssey

Best Cars to Negotiate Right Now:

  1. 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharged
  2. 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse
  3. 2011 Jaguar XJ Supercharged
  4. 2011 Infiniti M56
  5. 2011 BMW Z4
  6. 2011 VW Eos
  7. 2011 Nissan Versa sedan
  8. 2011 Jaguar XKR convertible
  9. 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
  10. 2011 Mercedes-Benz SL63
  11. 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid
  12. 2011 Volkswagen CC
  13. 2011 BMW 750i xDrive
  14. 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
  15. 2011 Mazda3 sedan
  16. 2011 Infiniti M37

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.
- Gregg Fidan

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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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