New Way to Best Car Deals

best car pricesKnowing what to pay for a new car can be confusing and frustrating. Everyone knows they shouldn’t have to pay full MSRP sticker price. But just what is the “right” price and how do we know if we’re really getting a good deal?

It would help to know how much dealers are discounting prices, and whether there are rebates, bonuses, and other incentives being offered.

It would also be nice to know how much other people are paying, and to be able to compare that to a dealer’s factory invoice price.

It would be even better if we could get dealers to agree to a good deal based on these factors — without stressful time-wasting back-and-forth negotiations.

A relatively new online car pricing service, TRUECar, comes to our rescue. It’s being touted as “the future of car buying” and has become the largest and fastest growing Internet car buying service. They’ve already helped customers buy over 700,000 cars and saved them over $1.7 billion.

The service is free. You are not obligated in any way by using the service. In fact, if you only want to use it to do pricing research, that’s fine.

Here’s how it works:

1. Go to the TrueCar.com web site and select the car make and model you’re interested in

2. Select the color and options you want, and choose any bonus incentives you might qualify for — such as a trade-in bonus, military bonus, or special financing cash

3. View prices — MSRP, Factory Invoice, Prices Others Paid, TrueCar Price, Savings. The TrueCar price will include any current discounts, rebates, and other manufacturer incentives

4. Print out your Guaranteed Savings Price certificate

5. Take the certificate to one of several certified dealers in your area and get the guaranteed price without further negotiations

6. Drive away in your new car, knowing you got a great deal

If you’re not quite sure what car you want, but have narrowed it down to several choices, compare TrueCar prices and get Price Certificates on each — and go with the best deal.

We’ve heard nothing but great things about TrueCar and recommend their free service to anyone looking to buy a new car. It actually does take a lot of the usual stress and strain out of the process. Of course, if you enjoy haggling with car dealers (some people actually do), you could try squeezing a few more dollars out of the already-great deal from TrueCar.

By the way, if you are interested in leasing, not buying, it works the same way. Get your guaranteed price from TrueCar and simply tell your dealer you want to lease based on that price. Easy enough. Just make sure you understand how leasing works and that it’s right for you. Visit our sister web site, LeaseGuide.com, for that information and help.

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