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Cars With the Best & Worst Values
January 2, 2014Consumer Reports wants to make sure you're getting value for your dollars, and has recently released their list of vehicles that provide the best and worst values based on reliability, performance and maintenance costs.
On the best list are the likes of the Toyota Prius Four, Honda Fit, and Scion xB. While on the worst list are the Nissan Armada Platinum, BMW 750Li, and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara.
If you're considering adding one of these best value picks to your garage, make sure to use the free RydeShopper to get the biggest discounts on these vehicles. And be sure to check out TrueCar Pre-Negotiated Prices to compare real prices where you live.
|Toyota Prius Four|
|Honda Fit (base)|
|Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium|
|Volkswagen Golf (2.5)|
|Toyota Corolla LE Plus|
|Volkswagen Golf TDI (manuel)|
|Honda Civic EX|
|Honda Civic Hybrid|
|Subaru Impreza Premium|
|Nissan Armada Platinum|
|Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara|
|Cadillac Escalade (base)|
|Cadillac XTS Premium|
|Lincoln MKX (3.7)|
|Lincoln MKS (base, 3.7)|
|Ford Explorer XLT (V6)|
|Ford F-250 Lariat (6.7L, V8)|
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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