Best and Worst Cars to Negotiate Right Now
The sales decline was largely due to inventory shortages, high gas prices, and few incentives.
It took longer for cars to move off lots, with the average number of days rising from 48 in April to 54 in May.
Nonetheless, May was favorable to the 2012 Hyundai Elantra. The redesigned car is now the fastest-selling model, taking just three days to sell.
The 2011 Chrysler Sebring 200 also did well in May, taking only 19 days to sell.
The quicker a car sells, the less likely you'll be able to negotiate a great deal. Here are the best and worst cars to negotiate right now.
Worst Cars to Negotiate Right Now
- 2012 Hyundai Elantra: 3 days
- 2011 Hyundai Elantra: 7 days
- 2012 BMW X5: 8 days
- 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: 8 days
- 2011 BMW X3: 10 days
- 2011 Ford Explorer: 11 days
- 2012 Ford Focus: 11 days
- 2011 Audi Q5: 12 days
- 2012 Honda Civic: 14 days
- 2011 Porsche Cayenne: 14 days
- 2011 Chrysler 300: 16 days
- 2012 Audi A7: 17 days
- 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid: 17 days
- 2012 Ford Mustang: 18 days
- 2011 Chevrolet Camaro: 19 days
- 2011 Chevrolet Equinox: 19 days
- 2011 Chrysler 200: 19 days
- 2011 Toyota Prius: 20 days
- 2011 Kia Optima: 21 days
- 2011 Mini Countryman: 21 days
- 2011 Jaguar XKR: 212 days
- 2011 Infiniti M56: 173 days
- 2011 Hyundai Azera: 165 days
- 2011 Jaguar XKR: 158 days
- 2011 Jaguar XF Supercharge: 151 days
- 2011 Jaguar XJL: 148 days
- 2011 BMW Z4: 145 days
- 2011 Volvo S80: 127 days
- 2011 Saab 9-5: 126 days
- 2011 Nissan Versa: 123 days
- 2011 Mazda Mazda2: 123 days
- 2011 Infiniti G25: 114 days
- 2011 BMW 335is: 103 days
- 2011 Toyota Yaris: 99 days
- 2011 Mazda Mazda6: 99 days
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