“It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year…” Nope, I’m not talking about the December holiday season. I’m talking about the wide release of the 2014 models. Now there are some great new cars being introduced this year like the redesigned Acura MDX, Corvette Stingray and the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.
I’m not taking anything away from these or other newly released models, but you’re going to pay sticker price or perhaps more than sticker price for these new models. If you can resist the urge to get a brand new car, you are practically guaranteed to save thousands of dollars off of sticker price. This is regardless of whether you buy privately, through a dealer, or Rent2Buy with Hertz Car Sales.
Traditionally speaking, high priced luxury cars will depreciate more in the first two years, making them a great deal. In 2012 the Cadillac Escalade went for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $63,170.
2012 Cadillac Escalade, Courtesy of Hertz Car Sales
Just to show you the power of buying a slightly used car, I pulled this 2012 Cadillac Escalade from the Hertz Car Sales inventory. Two years old and approximately 45,000 miles, and it sells for $49,175. This is about $14,000 off the original sticker price!!
There are other great two year old used cars out there. Here are my picks for the other two year old used cars that are worth considering.
2012 Hyundai Sonata
2012 Hyundai Sonata SE, Courtesy of motortrend.com
Remember when the 2011 Sonata was released? It was the introduction of the awesome fluid design that wowed the auto community. When you add a year of bug fixes and refinements, you get an even more reliable version of this slick styled midsize sedan. From the price perspective, you’ll save somewhere in the neighborhood of $6,000 from the original manufacturer’s suggested retail price.
2012 Dodge Challenger R/T
What a car! If you can work within the limits of a coupe, this is going to be quite a deal. 5.7L V8, striking styling and you’ll be grabbing a piece of modern history. 2014 is the last year for the Challenger so you’ll be grabbing one of the last of these recent muscle car beauties. And the best part? You can get these for $5,500 less than manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Score!!
Bottom line is that there are a lot of great two year old cars, way too many to list here. Do yourself a favor and save anywhere from $5,000 to $15, 000 dollars off of manufacturer’s suggested retail price by buying one slightly used.