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Best New Vehicles for the Value
April 25, 2013April 15 is now just a memory, which means if you have a tax refund coming to you, you may be considering using it towards a new vehicle.
If that's the case, our friends at Consumer Reports recently put together a list of the top cars they consider to be the best value to spend your tax return dollars on. These vehicles all performed well in road tests and safety, and have better than average reliability ratings.
Below is a look at the potential savings on these vehicles when customer and dealer incentives are added in. As always, I recommend using the free RydeShopper to find the best deals on these vehicles and help you stretch your tax return dollars even further.
|Vehicle||MSRP||Invoice Price||Potential Savings Below MSRP|
|Chevrolet Sonic LT||$17,735||$17,058||5%+|
|Chevrolet Cruze LS||$19,035||$18,397||10%+|
|Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWD||$24,520||$23,520||10%+|
|Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen SE||$25,190||$24,214||5%+|
|Volkswagen Passat SE 2.5L||$25,840||$24,812||5%+|
|Acura ILX 2.0L||$26,795||$25,347||10%+|
|Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring||$28,145||$26,649||15%+|
|Acura TSX I4||$31,405||$29,614||5%+|
|Honda Pilot EX-L 4WD||$37,450||$34,306||10%+|
|Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD||$37,170||$35,208||10%+|
|Infiniti G37 Journey||$38,255||$35,506||15%+|
|Nissan Murano SL AWD||$40,245||$37,127||10%+|
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).
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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
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