The Best and the Worst Time of the Year to Buy a New Car

4. At the Beginning of a New Model Year

Although the sleek new body design on your desired vehicle might be enticing, think twice before shelling out top dollar for a few extra curves or driver perks. Underneath the vehicle might be exactly the same, but what meets the eye often comes with a higher price. Carefully consider changes between model years and decide whether a new perk, such as heated seats, is really worth shelling out extra dough.

Tip for this tactic: Websites such as Cars.com offer comparison tools to help you determine what has changed during each model year a vehicle is made.

5. Before a New Model Has Been Reviewed

To avoid a lemon when you buy a new car, it’s a good idea to wait until new models are reviewed by an independent agency such as Consumer Reports. The 2018 reports on the best new cars were just recently released, and Toyota Highlander was rated as best overall.

Tip for this tactic: Practice patience and wait for the pros to review your ride before you buy. Consumer Reports typically releases its list of the best new cars at the beginning of each calendar year.

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