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Consumer Reports: Spring Car Buying Tips

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It was a long and lonely winter for many auto dealers across the country.

Now, with temperatures heating up, they’re eager to welcome you back.

Dealers like Vince Sheehy are hoping momentum returns as cold weather departs. Spring can lend itself to some big discounts.

“The selection is fantastic because the production continues on throughout the winter months, and this is probably the best time of the year to find the car that you’re looking for,” Sheehy said.

Those price cuts are sometimes on models at the end of their line, and Consumer Reports says there are two sides to that.

“That can create a great opportunity because often a car in its last model year is its most reliable. But, at the same time, it’s going to look outdated in just a few months,” Jeff Bartlett with Consumer Reports said.

From style to pricing, most of a consumer’s research can be done before ever meeting a salesperson.

Some big things to consider:

  • Space and storage needs
  • Ownership costs such as fuel economy and maintenance
  • Your financing plans.

Those looking to take more time with the process may consider shopping on a weekday.

Another tip is to shop on the final days of the month for the best deals.

It also helps to know what a good price range is before negotiating.

The more research done ahead of time, the smoother the ride can be, and don’t forget the actual test drive.

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