Used Car Prices Dropping Like a Rock
Back on May 10th, I told readers that used car prices had hit their peak for the year, and to sell if you had a car you needed to get rid of.
Analyts are expecting prices to keep falling through the rest of the year, but the rate of decline should be slowing down. Pickup trucks are the only segment bucking the trend, with prices having actually increased slightly over the last three months.
If you have a used car you need to get rid of, you should still try to sell it now rather than wait. If you're in the market to buy one, prices have become more attractive, but waiting a few more months could save you a few hundred dollars extra.
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