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Cars with the Biggest Discounts

With 2013 models starting to hit dealer showrooms, now is a good time to start looking at 2012 models for the really big savings.

This week, I gathered pricing information on all 2012 models and sorted them by biggest average discounts off MSRP. These are the discounts that regular car buyers are negotiating nationwide.

The list shows the average discounts on the base models (including rebates), so different trim levels may not be as heavily discounted. Keep in mind these are only averages, and you may be able to negotiate bigger discounts in your local area. It all depends on the local supply and demand dyanmics of those particular models.

To find out if your local dealers can beat these discounts, I recommend you try the RydeShopper

Biggest Discounts on 2012 Models

VehicleMSRPAvg PaidAvg CarWoo Discount*
Mitsubishi Galant$22,694 $18,973 16%
Chevrolet Avalanche$37,795 $31,806 16%
Nissan Titan$29,515 $25,159 15%
Ford Escape$22,265 $19,171 14%
Chevrolet Malibu$22,870 $19,729 14%
Chrysler 200$22,415 $19,370 14%
Ford Taurus$26,350 $22,773 14%
Suzuki Equator$18,814 $16,281 13%
Ram 1500$23,415 $20,323 13%
Nissan Armada$40,865 $35,491 13%
Chevrolet Impala$26,585 $23,103 13%
Jeep Liberty$24,320 $21,136 13%
Dodge Avenger$19,990 $17,440 13%
Ford Expedition$38,595 $33,910 12%
Ram 2500$29,855 $26,269 12%
Nissan Sentra$17,210 $15,176 12%
Ford Expedition EL$41,245 $36,442 12%
Ford Flex$30,290 $26,821 11%
Nissan Altima$21,330 $18,913 11%
Ford Super Duty F-250 $30,060 $26,708 11%
Toyota Tundra 4WD$31,335 $27,885 11%
Ford Super Duty F-350 $30,780 $27,433 11%
Toyota Tundra 2WD $26,140 $23,326 11%
Nissan Maxima$33,200 $29,676 11%
Ram 3500$38,995 $34,887 11%
Lincoln MKS$42,375 $37,934 10%
Ram Cargo Van$23,415 $20,965 10%
Lincoln MKZ$35,630 $31,988 10%
GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid$41,005 $36,880 10%
Nissan Altima Coupe$24,820 $22,337 10%
Suzuki Kizashi$19,764 $17,809 10%
Ford Edge$28,595 $25,792 10%
Nissan Murano$30,785 $27,774 10%
Ford Mustang$32,105 $29,020 10%
Nissan Frontier$19,835 $17,937 10%
Suzuki Grand Vitara$20,464 $18,517 10%

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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