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Used Cars: What Is the Best Time of Year to Shop?

the best time of year to purchase a used car or truck

Wondering if it’s better to purchase a pre-owned car at one time of year or another? While the answer to this question is surely yes, it depends on your requirements. Do you require the most savings? Perhaps the best value? Or maybe the biggest selection? Or looking for the most for your trade-in car or truck? Various times of the week, month, or year can often create various reasons. To help you to best understand the options, we’re going to dig deeper into the top times to buy used cars below.

Best to Buy Before You Have To

Choose a new-to-you used car or truck before you seriously need one. While this answer isn’t exactly time-specific, it’s always better to have more time to make this type of decision instead of rushing to purchase a replacement. It’s always good to begin discovering all the options to make a knowledgeable decision instead of a hurried one. Additionally, it benefits you to make a decision before your car breaks down, because it’ll receive a better offer for a trade-in because it’s not needing any repairs.

In The Final Quarter of the Calendar Year

Why buy a used car in the last months of the calendar year? This time of the calendar year is suggested because of the amount of holiday sales commonly on hand. Furthermore, let’s make no mistake that there is a need to make space for their upcoming models.

At the Beginning of the Week

Why would you want to buy a used car or truck at the front end of the week? Well, when dealerships aren’t too busy, it is typically easier for shoppers to get the car they’re looking for. As compared to Fridays and Saturdays, Mondays are typically the least full by far. This circumstance usually means greater time and attention from the sales and financing staff.

Holiday Sales

Holiday and seasonal sales events are on average a perfect opportunity to buy a car or truck. While these national sales events provide great offers on new models, many dealerships also advertise local incentives, promotions, or offers on their used inventory, as well. Typically, New Year’s ranks among the best recurring sales for drivers searching for some significant offers. During the middle of the year, drivers should expect to see even more savings for July 4th and Memorial Day. Additionally, there are a number of seasonal sales starting in October with Labor Day and ending in December with End of Year sales events to bring the calendar to an end.

Towards the End of the Month

What’s the advantage of buying pre-owned cars and trucks at the last week of the month? Honestly, because most dealerships operate on a monthly schedule, it is sometimes probable that they may be obligated to clear a certain amount of current vehicles in order to make space for incoming inventory. This may increase your ability of obtaining the right vehicle at the right price.

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It’s Always a Great Day to Buy at Volkswagen of Kearny Mesa

Volkswagen of Kearny Mesa invites you to buy a used or certified pre-owned car or SUV in San Diego, CA. No matter what day of the week, month, or year, our local Volkswagen dealership offers a great selection of used vehicles to help you find the one that’s right for you. View all of our San Diego area used cars for sale online or in-person. Buy online with delivery or schedule a test drive today at Volkswagen of Kearny Mesa.

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Cars Oct 16, 2021

Great service! I got a new Atlas My sales guy was super helpful really kind showed me everything I needed!! Walked me through the process to make everything seem so simple !!! Not complicated at all!! Very smooth !!! I would recommend this place !! If you need a car and good honest people !! Thank you Mike.S

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Cars Oct 9, 2021

From the time I pulled up to service center I was greeted with a smile and excellent customer service. Armando thoroughly explained the service that I was receiving as well as answering my questions. I highly recommend this dealership hands down.

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Cars Sep 28, 2021

They are always busy, but do a great job. Ask for Sal. He goes the extra mile and will always take great care of you.

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Cars Sep 10, 2021

Great environment the whole process was very easy thank you again Mike and everyone on the sales team. I would definitely recommend Volkswagen and this dealership Thank you

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Cars Aug 28, 2021

My car was done when they said it would be. My service advisor, William McAuliff really knew a lot about my vehicle, 2003 Eurovan Weekender. It's running great.

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