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Best Deals on Minivans & SUVs

Back-to-school is in full swing, and some families are starting to realize their current mode of transportation is not big enough for hauling everyone and all usual school equipment -- backpacks, sports equipment, band instruments, art projects and the like. It might be time to upgrade to a larger vehicle, such as a minivan or sports utility vehicle (SUV) to get everybody back and forth comfortably and safely.

TrueCar recently released a list of the best deals available right now on SUVs and minivans, with potential percentage savings as high as 16.7% off MSRP. Those on the list include the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country, 2014 Ford Expedition, 2014 Cadillac Escalade, and 2014 Toyota Sienna.

And for even greater savings on these minivans and SUVs I recommend you use TrueCar No Haggleto see the best prices in your local area.

VehicleMSRPMarket Avg.Est. Monthly Payment*$ Savings% SavingsCombined MPG
2014 Dodge Grand Caravan SE Minivan$24,790$21,242$305$3,54814.3%20.6
2014 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4x4 Small CUV$27,490$23,794$342$3,69613.4%24.3
2014 Toyota Sienna L FWD Minivan$27,805$24,936$358$2,86910.3%21.3
2014 Nissan Murano 2WD S Midsize SUV$29,390$25,016$360$4,37414.9%20.9
2014 GMC Acadia FWD SLE1 Large CUV$35,410$31,173$448$4,23712%20.2
2014 Chrysler Town & Country Limited Minivan$42,990$35,812$515$7,17816.7%20.6
2014 Ford Expedition XLT 2WD Large SUV$43,170$36,880$530$6,29014.6%16.8
2014 Cadillac Escalade ESV Base RWD Luxury SUV$67,340$59,043$849$8,29712.3%15.9
*With 20% down, financed for 60 months at 3% APR.

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:

Step 1 Get Prices From My Trusted Network

Select 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 / 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.

Step 3 Complete my Checklist

Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
- Gregg Fidan

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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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