This guy wants to sell you a car on a Thursday. DO NOT LET HIM.
For some, the idea of buying a car is right up there with getting audited and your ex: High-stress, financially ruinous, and ultimately baffling.
We’re here to help. Not with your ex. Or the IRS. With the car thing. Yup.
Most people buy a car on the weekend, but is there a super awesome day when you’re more likely to get a deal? Apparently, yes. But here’s the rub-experts can’t seem to agree exactly when Super Awesome Day is.
Phil Reed of Edmunds.com says Mondays are the best day to get a deal. Why? Car lots tend be light on traffic and heavy on salesmen depressed that the weekend is so far away. They’ll cut you a deal just to get through the day without shooting themselves.
Truecar.com says Saturdays make for the best deals-salesmen are not only busy but also keenly aware that shoppers are motivated to buy, and they don’t want to lose a sale to a competitor.
Other days deemed especially buyer-friendly are:
- The last days of the month, because manufacturers offer dealers incentives to sell.
- The last days of the calendar year, because dealers are trying to hit yearly quotas.
- The last days of the model year, because dealers are trying to get rid of the less sexy older-model cars to make room for the shiny (and spendy) new-model cars.
All told, that makes 248 Super Sad No Awesome Crapola Days, and at least 117 Super Awesome days to buy a car, plus the end-of-model days.
Now, go forth and juice the economy.
How Do We Know All This? Cuz we’re brilliant. Also:
Timing is everything. Or it’s not.
Can you wait 12 months for that new car?
Heads up. While you are trying to score a deal, car salesmen are trying to get inside your head.
I’ve actually seen this happen. And not just on Funny or Die.
-Erin Barajas, Serious Coin contributor
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