Nov 10, 2023
When is the Best Time to Buy a New Car?
If you’re looking to snag a great deal on a new or new-to-you car, there are a few dates you should mark in your calendar. And once you know the best times to visit a dealership, you can be confident about securing the best price on a car you love.
There are ideal times of the week, month, and year to visit car dealerships and save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a new car.
You’ll notice that some of these periods overlap too, making certain dates extra advantageous for getting a good deal.
1. Towards the end of the year
Historically, one of the best times to make a car purchase is during end-of-year sales. While dealers are eager to meet their yearly sales quotas, you’ll enjoy special deals and offers at this time of year. These sales can begin as early as the fall and continue throughout the winter. It’s also worth remembering that these early sales will coincide with Black Friday for extra special savings!
2. Towards the end of every month
If you want to find a deal, why not wander into a dealership at the end of the month or end of the quarter. Many dealers have monthly sales goals to hit, and some of them will still be trying to hit their quarterly or monthly quota.
In these instances, you might have some wiggle room to negotiate a lower price. And even if sales quotas have been met, dealers still have the potential of earning a special bonus when they exceed their quotas and may be more open to granting a reduction to close one more sale.
3. When new models are released
Late August and throughout September is when newer models usually get added to a dealership’s inventory. At this time, dealers are likely to begin reducing prices from the previous season’s inventory to make room for their brand new models. This is a great time to find a deal on one of last season’s vehicles. These cars might be missing a few of the bells and whistles of the newest models, but you’ll be able to negotiate a great deal on a car that’s still brand new, but just not the most recent model year available.
Some manufacturers release new models as early as the spring, so if you know what brand you like, find out when the manufacturer releases new models and then see about snagging a discount on one of last season’s inventory.
4. During slow days at the dealership
Try to only visit dealerships during off-peak times. Go during weekdays (especially Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) instead of the weekend. Rainy days are also a good time to brave the elements to look at cars since nobody else is there. Slower days like these may make negotiations a bit easier for you since the dealer will have fewer prospects that day.
Pro Tip: New Year's Eve is one of the most opportune times to buy a car. Think about it. It’s the end of a quarter, month, and year! You’ll be shopping when nobody else is there because they’re all getting ready to party. Meanwhile, you’ll be driving off the lot in a car you love!
5. During the off-season
While late fall and December can also be a good timeframe for earning discounts on a variety of new models, it can also be a good time of year to shop for something like a convertible. It makes sense that demand is lower for these types of cars during the winter months. So if you’re determined to cruise in a convertible someday, wait until winter to see what’s on offer! On the other hand, 4-wheel-drive SUV sales tend to be stronger when winter is imminent, so you might consider purchasing your SUV during the warmer months to enjoy summer savings!
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