by Sean Tucker
It might be the only time of year that TV commercials tell you the truth. Our pricing partners at TrueCar.com confirm it: Labor Day weekend is a great time to buy a car.
The best deals of the month may actually be found a few days before the holiday -- but don't be afraid to shop on Labor Day itself. A dealer who knows that this is your day off, you've devoted it to shopping and you're likely to buy today is likely to do what he can to keep you from going down the street to the competition, even if it means accepting a lower price than he'd like.
This year, manufacturers unhappy with their August sales figures are doing their best to help their dealers on Labor Day. They've extended quite a few incentives -- including some factory-to-dealer discounts they don't want you to know about -- through Monday.
Here are five that impressed us:
2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee: $5,500 cash back (with a $1,500 dealer incentive), or 0% APR financing for 72 months plus $1,000 cash back
Jeep dealers just need these things off their lots. Transport trucks loaded with all-new 2011 Grand Cherokees have already begun to roll into dealerships. Although you're likely to see the new one on the showfloor, chances are your dealer has a lot of 2010 models left on the lot, out of sight, and he'd love for you to take one away. It's not a bad idea. The 2010 Grand Cherokee offers a comfortable ride, a proven platform that holds up, and a lot of power for an affordable price. Jeep is offering up to $5,500 in cash incentives, or a rare combination of an interest-free financing offer and a cash incentive, to help.