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Cars With the Biggest Discounts

Looking to start off 2013 with a new car? Right now there are a number of vehicles that are selling for big discounts off MSRP, including the 2012 Nissan Maxima and the 2013 Ford Escape.

The 15 best deals have been chosen by TrueCar.com, which has access to real price data from around the country. The vehicles on the list sell for as much as 15% off MSRP - and that's the average price. Being a RealCarTips reader, you should expect to do much better than average. If you're considering any of the following vehicles, I recommend using the RydeShopper to get the best deal.

15 Biggest Discounts for the New Year

VehicleMSRPMarket Average*$ Savings% SavingsEst. Monthly Payment**
2012 Kia Forte 4dr Sedan$18,350$16,256$2,09411.4%$234
2013 Ford Focus 5dr HB SE$19,995$17,399$2,59613.0%$250
2013 Chrysler 200 4dr Sedan$25,680$22,010$3,67014.3%$316
2013 Ford Escape FWD 4dr SE$25,895$23,669$2,2268.6%$340
2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Ext Cab$28,610$24,683$3,92713.7%$355
2013 Ford Edge 4dr SEL FWD$31,905$28,667$3,23810.1%$412
2012 Nissan Maxima 4dr $35,900$30,442$5,45815.2%$438
2012 Toyota Avalon 4dr$33,990$30,583$3,40710.0%$440
2012 Honda Odyssey 5dr EX-L$35,855$32,289$3,5569.9%$464
2012 Ford Flex 4dr Titanium AWD$44,425$37,937$6,48814.6%$545
2012 Volkswagen Touareg 4dr VR6 Sport$44,245$40,634$3,6118.2%$584
2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee RWD 4dr$45,490$42,789$2,7015.9%$615
2012 Hyundai Genesis 4dr Sedan$47,375$43,737$3,6387.7%$629
2013 BMW 3 Series 4dr Sedan$50,195$44,651$5,54411.0%$642
2013 Infiniti M37 4dr Sedan$51,645$47,706$3,9397.6%$686

*Market average is estimated based on the national average of recent vehicle transactions, including destination and delivery charges after incentives that are subject to change, but does not include tax, title, licensing, documentation or processing fees, other state and governmental charges and/or fees, or any other charges or fees allowed by law.

**Estimated monthly payments are based on a 3% APR for 60 months with 20% down on the current market average price, and excludes sales tax and other fees and charges that may vary by region or state. Actual APR may be subject to credit approval and other factors. These examples are for information purposes only, and are not an offer to lend. See your dealer/lender for details, including actual available offers.

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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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.

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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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