Are you looking to buy a car within the next few months? If so, you need to act fast. During the recession, there were a lot of deals going around, but they have started to become less and less common. These days, there are a lot more people who have the kind of cash on hand that is necessary to buy vehicles, and so the market is starting to recover. This is good for sellers, but not necessarily good for you, the buyer, because it means that prices will start to go up to their original levels from prior to the mortgage crisis.
Do not be discouraged, however – there are still a lot of deals out there. The key is to look in the less traditional places. If you continue going the old route – that is, purchasing vehicles from new or used car dealers – it is very unlikely that you will save anything. In fact, you will probably end up spending more than you would have otherwise. If, however, you try the more non traditional approaches that have recently become popular – the prime example being online auto auctions – you will probably have a lot more luck.
Another great option is to look at purchasing a repossessed car. Bank repos usually sell for a fraction of their book value. However, there are some risks involved as well – for example, a lot of bank repo vehicles tend suffer from quality problems, because in a lot of cases their prior owner was unable to afford the regular service maintenance checks. However, there are very easy ways to get around these risks – for example, it is always a good idea to take a mechanic with you to examine vehicles before you bid on them. A lot of people balk at the idea of spending a few hundred dollars for a mechanic inspection, but the investment will probably save you thousands of dollars on maintenance that you would otherwise spend on a “lemon”.