When Is the Best Time to Buy a Car?

I've been on the lookout for a new vehicle. Soon, my job as the Spokester is going to come to an end, and I will not be able to drive the lovely Green Machine any longer. It's sad, but also exciting, because now, I get the chance to shop for a vehicle! 

At first, I thought the process would be fun. What I found out is, it takes a lot of work and research. Buying a car is a HUGE financial decision, and timing can be very important, if you want to get your best deal. In doing some research, I've learned some important timing tips that can help you get a better deal: 

  • The end of a model year is a good time to buy because chances are, the dealer will want the older models off the lot. 
  • If you are planning on buying a car model that is not "in season" for example - a sports car in the middle of the winter, or an SUV in the summertime, the dealer may be more apt to give you a better deal. 
  • If you want to talk about a deal, and aren't quite sure what you want, a weekday during the afternoon is usually the best time. The dealerships are usually less busy, and you will get more personal attention to get the answers to your questions. 
  • If you are ready to buy, and want to negotiate your best deal, try going to the dealer later in the day. At the end of their workday, they may be eager to make a sale and get home! 
  • To SAVE yourself time, do online research, read reviews, and research prices BEFORE you go to the dealership. Not only will you know what to look for, but you will be better prepared to negotiate a better deal. 

Take care!