The Best Time to Buy a Car

Some people say December/January, while others say the fall, when new models are just arriving. And it’s not just time of the year, either. You can find advice on what day of the week is best.

I can still remember when I bought my first car from a dealership. I had a friend who’d worked on a used car lot a few years before, and he told me that the best time to buy was in December/January because dealers were trying to increase their year-end numbers and get rid of old stock, so that’s what I did. And I honestly can’t tell you if I got a better deal than I would have at some other time of the year, but I can tell you that browsing the cars on the lot was pretty darned cold!


Really, when is the best time to purchase a vehicle?


It’s a question that gets asked a lot. Do a quick Google search for it, and you’ll find all sorts of answers, giving all kinds of justifications. Some people say December/January, like my friend, while others say the fall, when new models are just arriving. And it’s not just time of the year, either. You can find advice on what day of the week is best (the most common answer seems to be Tuesday or Wednesday, because there are fewer shoppers, though maybe that’ll change if everyone listens to that advice) and advice on what time of the month is best. There’s even advice on what time of day is best. Some people say to buy a car during tax season, some people say that it’s best to buy a car on a rainy day. You can even find guides to the best times to buy specific types of cars! (Avoid buying 4x4s and SUVs in January, apparently.)


Maybe it depends on your specific needs.


So when is the best time to buy a car? For all the Internet wisdom and folksy approaches, the answer is pretty simple, and doesn’t require you to check your Farmers’ Almanac. The best time to buy a car is whenever you need one. Makes sense, right? There are always going to be good bargains and bad ones, rain or shine, all year ’round. The job of a dealership is to sell cars, and they don’t make any money if no one’s buying, so they’re always going to be willing to make a deal. And if you go to a good, reputable dealership you’ll always find salespeople who’re happy to help get you in the right car for you and get you back out on the road.


You can get a good deal anytime if you look for it.


When your old car’s broken down, or you need to upgrade, or your kids are learning to drive and need their first car, or when you just decide that it’s time for a change, that’s the best time for you to buy a car. You can go in on any day of the week, at any time of the day, on any day of the year, no matter what the weather, and find a good deal on the car that you want. It really is as simple as that.  In fact, I found a good deal on a high-quality pre-owned vehicle from this no credit-check dealer. With locations in Kansas and Missouri, they had a wide selection of previously-owned vehicles.

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