Holiday Car Shopping: Year-End Sales More Hype Than Real Deals

Holidays Car Shopping: Year-End Sales More Hype Than Real Deals You’ve seen the commercials of those luxury vehicles adorned with huge bows, part of a parade of deals that car makers supposedly offer only during the holidays, and before a new-model year kicks in.
However, Consumer Reports has found that the vast majority of vehicles for sale in December are not marked down lower than last month.
“So, good deals can be had,” CR reports. “But outstanding deals may be less frequent than advertising would lead you to believe.”
CR advises consumers to research carefully to find the best model that meets theirs needs and fit their budgets at any time of year.
CR reviewed vehicles that performed well in its more than 50 tests, and those with average or better predicted reliability. They also measured how well they performed in crash tests.
So after focusing on the good cars, CR found that about 30 of 240 current models have better deals this December than in November. The group includes a mix of 2012 and 2013 models.
But CR warns that these 2012s are fast losing their investment appeal. These models have already depreciated a year’s worth.
The deals on this group range from $500 to $4,000 better than the month prior, with total discounts ranging up to $6,000. See all new car deals from Consumer Reports.
Here’s the rundown:
Holidays Car Shopping: Year-End Sales More Hype Than Real Deals

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