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The 5 Best Affordable Cars Right Now
December 19, 2013If you're in the market for a new car, chances are you have a budget that you need to stick to. Wouldn't it be great if you could find a reliable and safe vehicle that won't break the bank?
Consumer Reports understands that car buyers are looking for just that, and they recently revealed their list of the top five vehicles they say offer high performance, good fuel economy, great reliability, AND best of all - won't bust your budget. This short list has something for everyone, from the Honda Accord to the Ford Mustang V6.
If you're considering one of these vehicles, make sure to use the free RydeShopper to get the best deal possible. And be sure to check out TrueCar Pre-Negotiated Prices to compare real prices where you live.
|Vehicle||Base MSRP Price Range|
|Hyundai Elantra||$16,965 - $21,115|
|Mazda5||$20,140 - $24,670|
|Subaru Forester||$21,995 - $32,995|
|Honda Accord||$21,955 - $39,780|
|Ford Mustang V6||$22,200 - $59,800|
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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About The AuthorGregg 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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