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Hardcore bargain hunters find new car deals in December

GasBuddy Blog -- There are all kinds of theories about the best time to buy a car; spring, summer, winter... but it all depends on what you're looking for; whether you need to have a certain color... and whether your vehicle must have all the bells and whistles.

For those who are looking to pay the lowest price possible for a new vehicle, many wait until December because they know the dealers don't want to carry old inventory into the new year. Selection is obviously limited but for rock-bottom prices, that may not matter.

According to About.com's Auto Guide, they've identified 10 new cars that are 2012 models ranging from the Nissan Versa 1.6S, the lowest priced new car in the U.S. at $9,990; to the Mazda 2 which sells at a base price...


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 5:51:10 AM

I pass...
garywa01
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 8:47:58 AM

not for me
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 2:19:41 PM

i paid $200 for my car, 4 years ago.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 10:23:05 AM

Good to know.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 9:44:13 AM

good for them, I'll wait
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 6:20:11 AM

Buy 4yrs used. Its better than these deals.
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Correct choice will determine gas consumption.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:58:48 AM

Car deals? GAS buddy.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:57:56 AM

My '08 car only has 23,000 miles so will be keeping for many more year.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:56:16 AM

Neat!

Gasoline prices?
jony
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:53:12 AM

go for it if you got the money
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:52:12 AM

OK
isem
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:51:27 AM

“The best time to buy” is usually followed by “the best time for buyer’s remorse.”
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:38:17 AM

too bad I'm not buying right now
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:36:50 AM

Old news...
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:36:30 AM

Not in the market
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:33:34 AM

I will be hanging on to my car for many more years before I consider replacing it. Who can afford it with all of the tax hikes coming from the Obama regime next year?
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:32:08 AM

Not in the market
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:30:17 AM

It's good but I read this yesterday
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:29:10 AM

Dealers are sick of slow sales.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:26:06 AM

December is always best time to buy. But, you can find deals year round if you hunt.
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Taxes going up 1st of year
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:18:42 AM

December, is a good time to buy, if you want a NEW car. The dealers are trying to diminish their inventory of year old vehicles.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:16:56 AM

before the taxes go up?
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:11:58 AM

Not looking.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:11:13 AM

I'll keep mine for now.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:09:40 AM

If you need one buy it know
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I liked my '76 Fiesta.
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old
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 4:53:23 AM

Clear the lots for the new ones.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 4:53:22 AM

not ready to buy one yet this year.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 4:44:47 AM

My old 97 Toyota works fine.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 4:41:25 AM

i will keep what i have and i never buy new anymore to much money and the depreciation will kill you on new
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 4:40:43 AM

My old one will do.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 4:37:06 AM

Yesterdays
tomok
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 4:31:01 AM

Hardcore bargain hunters find new car deals in December, you can find 'deals' almost anytime of the year – not just in December. But how many people can buy a Hardcore bargin vehicle when 'Coming out of the closet' Sneeky's lousy, smoke and mirrors, lack of jobs, dog and pony show and in the crapper economy, the jobs are Not here. Sneeky's economy is not improving but continues to hurt the population and the job numbers continue to be down! People will still drive and buy fuel no matter what but it sure helps to have a job too!
Use the Consumer Reports car issue to find the best reliable new or used vehicle for your money, they have been doing this for many years and they certainly KNOW what they are talking about.
My current vehicle was paid off many years ago and I don't need any car payments now! I will drive my current vehicle into the ground before buying anything new, used, EV, Inbred, diesel, hydrogen, alternative fuel, CNG, concept and certainly NOT a Fiat, Prius, Tesla, Leaf, Volt or an NYC/hurricane Sandy Special 'exploding submarine' Fiskar Karma Inbred!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII!
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 4:26:47 AM

i can't believe that the ECO Chevy Cruze was not on that list...
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 4:22:53 AM

From over thirty years in the business, December is the best time to buy
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 4:22:06 AM

don't even need a radio already have contract with Sirius Radio
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 4:21:44 AM

Bargains happen when you're not looking for one.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 4:18:40 AM

I'll keep my old car.
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Any knowlegebale car buyer understanding the car buying system can save time and money anytime of the year on their purchase. Learn to control the system or their system will control you.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 4:14:29 AM

It must be nice to have the extra cash to buy new right now...
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 4:13:43 AM

cash for clunkers 2.0?
zcolt45
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 4:13:04 AM

Advertized prices and out the door prices are like night and day.
Buyer Beware..
It is always a Game at the Dealership with LOTS of Wasted time.
Did you really expect to get that low ball price!

When you wake up you will know it was only a Dream.

LVNV6ofSpades
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 4:09:40 AM

Must be nice to have extra discretionary cash
Sam195
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 4:05:03 AM

I´ll keep my old vehicle.
Pozole
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 3:54:11 AM

...need $$$ to look for deals...
teamsimons
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 3:52:38 AM

That's exactly the situation one of us faced many years ago.

Still, what does this have to do with gas prices.
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 3:51:49 AM

OK..................
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K
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