What day is the best day of the year to buy a new car? December 31st, say many experts.
Though we’ve found better deals on January 2nd. Whatever your preferred date, this buying season could be one of the best ever. That’s because there are so many great cars —if you ask us, there aren’t any bad new cars on the market— and dealers need to move them off their lots and into buyers’ driveways.
Our tips on the best new car deals and how to get them
The best deals on new cars this month run the full spectrum from economy to luxury cars, according to US News and World Report which starts its top-10 list with the 2015 editions of the VW Jetta, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Ford Fiesta, Buick Regal and Subaru Forrester.
Consumer Reports agrees that the New Year is a great time to buy a car and its best-deals list includes the Buick Enclave, Buick LaCrosse, Buick Regal, Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Volt, Dodge Durango, Ford Fusion and Kia Optima. (Oh my, that’s a lot of best car deals!)
According to Consumer Affairs, the best lease deals are on the Honda Civic, Toyota Prius and Chevy Malibu; the VW Passat has an excellent lease deal and the Mazda CX-9, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon have nice cash-back deals.
Our tips on how to get the best deal
So how do you know these are good deals? Of course, research and good advice are key, and being prepared when you start to talk to a car dealer is critical to not walking away with the wrong car or a bad deal.
First, here is what you need to know before going to a dealership: how to prepare, how to negotiate, what the dealer is thinking, how to get the best deal, how to get an even deeper discount, and how not to regret your purchase.
If you’re buying a car for someone else—like that lucky teen in your life—here are tips to make sure you find a car that makes her happy and you feeling secure with her behind the wheel.
And if you’re time-crunched and device savvy, use your phone as your primary research tool. Here’s how.
When you take the car out for a test drive, be sure you get the full experience; don’t just drive around the block—take it through your daily grind.
Want to hear how La Jolla Mom got her New Year’s car deal? She spells it all out here, and—we love this!—her research before the sale had the dealer sweating it out until closing time.
Share your story of your new car search with us and, if you’re out there car shopping, happy hunting!