If you bought a Ford Flex in July, you spent more than a grand over than you would have if you'd waited a month. A Range Rover Sport? Same problem.
The prices of most cars are trending up over time, but the prices of these are on the way down. With the help of our pricing partners at TrueCar.com, we've identified the five cars seeing the sharpest price drops this summer...and some of them have further to fall.
2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
It's almost not fair to put the R-Class on this list. Mercedes' unsual executive minivan is such a low-volume car these days, the automaker barely imports enough to meet slow demand. But there are those who want to transport seven in luxury, and the R-Class does that like nothing else. Still, even by Mercedes' low expectations, sales are doing poorly. With word now out about the new, refreshed 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class, the average 2010 R-Class sold for $1,480 less in August than it did in July.
2011 Ford Flex
The Ford Flex may be destined to go down as one of those good ideas that never really caught on with the buying public. Ford just has too many crossovers -- the Flex competes with the Edge and the new Explorer in Ford showrooms -- for this quirky one to shine. But it's great, with minivan practicality, unique looks, and an available EcoBoost engine. Ford product planners have hinted that the Flex may drop from the lineup in a year or two, and sales, sadly, are making that look like the right move. The Flex sold for an average of $1,171 less last month than the month before -- and with new versions of both the Edge and the Explorer reaching showrooms seeon, prices may not have stopped falling.
Project Kahn 2010 Range Rover Sport Supercharged RS600
Perhaps the most opulent SUV on the market, the extraordinary Range Rover Sport offers exceptional handling, V8 power and an interior that's on part with some of the world's best. Yet Land Rover appears to have overestimated demand for such a thing in a recession. The Sport sold for an average of $1,150 less in August than it did in July.
2011 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid
What, exactly, is the BMW X6? It has some of the virtues of an SUV, some of the benefits of a coupe, and some sedan-like attributes. But it lacks the best of any of the bunch, with limited space for people and things, unusual lines that don't quite come together right visually, and handling that's almost right for a BMW. Buyers don't know what to make of it, so prices are coming down -- by $685 last month.
2010 Audi A4
Some cars on this list, we'd hesitate to tell you to buy. But this -- this is just an opportunity. The Audi A4 remains one of the best driving cars in the entry-level luxury sedan segment, thanks to its near-perfect weight balance and the powerful grip of the Quattro all-wheel-drive system. It also boasts one of the most luxurious interiors in its class. Yet last month, prices came down by $548.