The Largest Hidden Dealer Cash Rebates
There's customer cash (which most car buyers are familiar with), and then there's dealer cash, which is hidden from the public.
Dealer cash is a rebate given directly to the dealer whenever they sell a qualified vehicle. It's just like customer cash, but instead of you getting it, the dealer pockets the money.
The reason why manufacturers provide dealer cash is because it helps them sell slow-moving vehicles without giving the impression of discounting.
The good news: Savy car shoppers can still get that dealer cash passed onto them through a heavily discounted purchase price. Here are the largest hidden dealer cash rebates currently available:
Largest Dealer Cash Rebates for 2012 Models
|2012 Chevrolet Impala||$4,500|
|2012 Toyota Tundra||$3,000|
|2012 Acura TL||$2,000|
|2012 Acura ZDX||$2,000|
|2012 Cadillac CTS||$2,000|
|2012 Cadillac CTS-V||$2,000|
|2012 Lincoln MKT||$2,000|
|2012 Mazda MAZDASPEED3||$2,000|
|2012 Nissan Quest||$1,750|
|2012 Chevrolet Colorado||$1,500|
|2012 Chevrolet Corvette||$1,500|
|2012 Infiniti FX||$1,500|
|2012 Mazda CX-7||$1,500|
|2012 Mazda CX-9||$1,500|
|2012 Mazda MAZDA6||$1,500|
Largest Dealer Cash Rebates for Leftover Models
|2011 Cadillac STS||$9,000|
|2011 Cadillac DTS||$7,000|
|2011 Chrysler 300||$6,000|
|2011 Cadillac Escalade||$5,000|
|2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV||$5,000|
|2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT||$5,000|
|2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid||$5,000|
|2011 Lexus LX 570||$5,000|
|2011 Buick Lucerne||$4,000|
|2011 Chevrolet HHR||$4,000|
|2011 Land Rover LR4||$4,000|
|2011 Land Rover Range Rover||$4,000|
|2011 Lincoln MKZ||$4,000|
|2011 Mazda MX-5 MIATA||$3,500|
|2011 Mazda RX-8||$3,500|
|2011 Mazda Tribute||$3,500|
|2011 Lexus LS 460||$3,200|
|2011 Cadillac CTS Wagon||$3,000|
|2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe||$3,000|
|2011 Ford Escape||$3,000|
|2011 Ford Flex||$3,000|
|2011 Land Rover LR2||$3,000|
|2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport||$3,000|
|2011 Mazda CX-7||$3,000|
|2011 Toyota Tundra||$3,000|
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- Gregg Fidan
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