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The Largest Hidden Incentives for October

When vehicles aren't selling well, manufacturers will offer incentives to help move them off the lots.

Cash back rebates are common, but not all manufacturers like to use them. Instead, some prefer giving dealers hidden incentives so that the vehicles aren't perceived as being discounted.

The dealers will use some or all of the money to discount the purchase price of the vehicle.

These kickbacks are not advertised, but aggressive negotiators should have no problem taking advantage of them. (Just make sure to use our car negotiation guide)

Here are the largest hidden incentives available for the month of October. We've also included additional incentives available for each car.

Vehicle Hidden Incentive Other Incentives
2011 Cadillac STS $9,000 $500 bonus cash
2011 Cadillac DTS $7,000 $500 bonus cash
2011 Saab 9-3 $5,000 $2,000 loyalty bonus
2011 Saab 9-5 $5,000 $2,000 loyalty bonus
2011 BMW Z4 $4,500 $1,000 loyalty bonus
2011 Chevrolet Impala $4,500 $4,000 cash back
2011 Dodge Dakota $4,500 $1,000 conquest cash
2011 Cadillac Escalade $4,000 $500 bonus cash
2012 Chevrolet Impala $4,000 $3,500 cash back
2011 BMW 5-Series GT $3,500 $1,000 loyalty cash
2011 Acura ZDX $3,000  
2011 Audi S6 $3,000 $3,000 loyalty cash
2011 Range Rover $3,000  
2011 Lexus LS 460 $3,000 $750 veteran discount
2011 Audi A6 $2,500 $3,000 loyalty cash
2011 Mazda Mazda6 $2,500 $500 loyalty cash
2011 Toyota Tundra $2,500 $4,000 cash back

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:

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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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