When is the Best Time to Buy a Used Car?

Buying a used car in Naperville takes a lot of research; not only do you have to find a used vehicle with good gas mileage and a clean history report, but you need to find one at a sticker price that won’t break the bank. If you can time it right, there are certain time periods when you could get a better deal. Let’s explore the best time of year to buy a used car.

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End of a Model Year

When new models are introduced, dealers are more motivated to clear out the lot to make room for the latest vehicles. This is a great time to strike up a deal, especially if the next model year is going through a major redesign. In many cases, model years tend to change over around Labor Day.

End of the Month or Quarter

Salespeople and dealerships each have monthly and quarterly sales goals, and if they are just short of their benchmarks, they will likely be more eager to lower prices or make deals to get those extra sales. You may even be able to negotiate some extra perks, such as free car washes or oil changes.

Off Season

Winter can be one of the most difficult months to sell cars, as many drivers in Aurora are less willing to test drive in the snow. With less demand and foot traffic, dealerships may be more motivated to make deals with those who do come in the door.

Similarly, shopping during the week (as opposed to the weekend) could save you some extra dollars. Most buyers visit car lots on the weekends, so try test driving on a Monday or Tuesday when the dealership is relatively quiet.

Around the Holidays

Holidays are a great time for manufacturers to roll out incentives and sales, giving you extra spending power. Even if the sales are for new cars only, used car buyers in Joliet can still reap the benefit, as lots get filled with trade-in vehicles. While sales differ between brands, you can typically expect to find deals around:

  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Black Friday
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Why Buy at Continental Mazda of Naperville?

Continental Mazda of Naperville is proud to offer great used car deals to Plainfield shoppers, with many pre-owned vehicles under $10k. Any time is a good time to buy a car at Continental Mazda of Naperville, in part because we offer stellar perks, including:

  • Cruise Online Car-Buying service, which allows you to shop from the comfort of your own home.
  • Our 110% Price Guarantee ensures that you’ll get an exceptional deal.
  • The exceptional service you expect from a business that has been DealerRater’s #1 Illinois Mazda Dealer on multiple occasions.

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