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2016 Toyota Prius: Lower Price, Higher MPG Adds Up To Even Better Value
2016 Toyota Prius: Lower Price, Higher MPG Adds Up To Even Better Value

The entire 2016 Toyota Prius Liftback lineup has been priced. Well, almost all of it has—because we’re still waiting for details and all the pertinent numbers on the reformulated Prius Plug-In that’s expected in the next year. The Prius family has, for years, included some of the...Read More»

2012 Nissan Leaf electric car - net pricing shown on Nissan website
Used Electric Cars: Quick Guide For Getting The Best Deal

If you think that electric-car ownership is beyond your financial reach, think again. Due to a matter of supply and demand, and a flood of used models entering the market, electric vehicles (EVs) like the Nissan Leaf are remarkably affordable. This summer, and likely into the fall, there’s a...Read More»

2015 Toyota Avalon Limited
May Lease Deals: Five Smart Vehicle Picks

For a certain kind of shopper, leasing can be a smart option. If you’re the type who wants a new vehicle with the latest look and features every few years, it can often give you more car for the money. Yet it’s worth laying out the numbers first, to see if leasing adds up in your...Read More»

2015 Jeep Patriot
April 2015: Your Best New-Car Deals

“Never pay retail” echoes the mantra of smart shoppers everywhere—and that definitely applies to most of the new vehicle market. If you’re shopping for new wheels, chances are the models you’re considering are subject to incentives, rebates, or special finance...Read More»

Frame from 'Benefits of Price Competition' video, by National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA)
April Lease Deals Make Several Lame-Duck Vehicles Worth A Second Look

April tends to be the time of the year when business at dealerships really starts to perk up. And after a particularly harsh winter for some regions of the U.S., it’s likely that rebound will happen with a little more uptick than usual. READ: The Safest Vehicles Of 2015 Meanwhile showrooms...Read More»

2011 Cadillac CTS
Groupon Groupies: $199 Gets $500 Off A GM Vehicle (In One Michigan Town)

Who doesn’t love a good deal? Every family head worth his or her coupon clippings knows that Groupon is often a bargain. You just need to need the item. And a new GM vehicle might just be the right item. At least, that’s what one GM dealer in Highland Township, Michigan believes. As...Read More»

Gearhead Deals
Gearhead Deals Brings Groupon To Gearheads

If you're a gearhead like us, you always want the best deal on the latest car-related stuff, maybe even ordering new products just to "try them out." And if you're reading SocialCarNews. you're also a social media junkie, meaning you probably use Groupon. What if someone were to combine Groupon and...Read More»

2011 BMW 335d sedan
Frugal Shopper: End-Of-Year Deals Extend Into January

The last days of the year are among the best days to shop for a new car. From board rooms to district sales centers to the manager's office at the local dealership, it's the time to add up the year's numbers—and for the most part, the attitude is that a few more cars sold sure would be great...Read More»

2010 Nissan Titan
Frugal Shopper: Deep Discounts Already Applying To Some 2011 Models

It's the time for holiday cheer, egg nog, and fruitcake. And it's that time of the year when, at most dealerships, there are still a few stragglers on the new-car lot—yes, we mean those 2010 models that are already several months obsolete and with the arrival of a new calendar year are going...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Men Get Better Car Deals? It Might Just Be A Myth

Men tend to get better deals than women when shopping for new cars, right? Not true in most cases, says at least one company that analyzes sales data. Perhaps you don't need to bring 'the man' along, or change your name on those initial e-mails. It might be a myth, or a relic from another time when...Read More»

2010 Ford Ranger
Frugal Shopper: Money-Saving Compact Pickups A Dying Breed?

Compact pickup trucks can make a lot of sense to those who need to be careful with the budget. With a single vehicle, you can carry mulch, a sizable load of firewood, or a weekend's worth of home-improvement materials, and have basic, frugal commuter wheels as well. But ever since the 1990s...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Sonata
Fire Sale: 2010 Models Dealers Are Desperate To Get Rid Of

If you learn only one thing about the car buying process, car shoppers, let it be this: dealers don't own the cars they sell. They're making payments on them, just like you will be if you buy. A dealer's loan, of course, is much more complex than the one you will probably take on if you buy the...Read More»

2011 Lexus HS 250h
Five Luxury Vehicles With Plummeting Prices

The recession is over, they tell us. It's time to start spending again. Yet somehow, we aren't. Frugal trends that set in when the bad news was bearing down on us like a speeding semi in our rear-view mirror are still with us -- and nowhere is this more visible than in the automotive market...Read More»

2010 Honda Pilot
Frugal Shopper: Incentives Making Toyota, Honda Vehicles A Bargain

For decades, Toyota and Honda have been the brands that you simply can't expect to get a good deal on. Much as with an Apple Computer or high-end bedding, in some cases you had to swallow your smart-shopping pride and pay close to MSRP. But lately, with Honda and Toyota it's been quite the...Read More»

2010 MINI Cooper Convertible
Smart Car Shopping: Six Great Deals This Week

Late summer car sales just weren't what they were supposed to be. New car sales in August were down a little over three percent from July -- historically, an unusual time to see a drop. Many automakers have new 2011 models on dealership lots already, and unsold 2010s to market alongside them. We're...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Malibu
Five Great Labor Day Deals

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...Read More»

2010 Scion xD
Leftover 2010 Models You Can Buy Cheap

by Sean Tucker Late summer is an excellent time to buy a car, if you're willing to do your research, and this summer is better than most. By this time of year, virtually all car factories are pushing out 2011 models, but many of the outgoing 2010s are sitting unsold. Dealerships were battered by a...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul 5dr Wagon Auto + Side Exterior View
Smart Car Shopping: Great Car Deals This Week

This week, the automotive landscape is tilted in favor of the buyer who comes prepared.  The across-the-board discounts we saw all spring have faded, in favor of targeted discounts on particular cars.  You'll no longer find everything at your local Ford or Chevrolet dealership on sale -- but if...Read More»

2010 Honda Fit Sport
Smart Car Shopping: Great Car Deals This Week

Before you go out car shopping this weekend, there are two things you need to know. One is that you might want to wait a few days.  Our partners at TrueCar.com, the car pricing experts, tell us that the cheapest day to buy this month will be Wednesday, July 28.   You'll often get the best deals...Read More»

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