Best Time to Buy

The Best Time to Buy a Car

Keep an eye out for "aged inventory," which refers to any inventory that has remained unsold for a period of time.

The best times to buy a car are Black Friday, Black Friday Weekend, Christmas Eve, Memorial Day, Memorial Day Weekend, New Year's Day, New Year's Eve, early May, end of the first quarter, end of the second quarter, end of the third quarter, end of the fourth quarter, and end of year.

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Cars are almost never on sale—about 13% of the year, or an average of 1-in-7.9 days.

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The best months to buy a car are January, March, May, June, September, November, and December.

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The best holidays to buy a car are Christmas Eve, Memorial Day, New Year's Day, and New Year's Eve.

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FAQ

Let's recap by answering some key questions:

When is the best time to buy a car?

The best times to buy a car are Black Friday, Black Friday Weekend, Christmas Eve, Memorial Day, Memorial Day Weekend, New Year's Day, New Year's Eve, early May, end of the first quarter, end of the second quarter, end of the third quarter, end of the fourth quarter, and end of year.

Why Memorial Day is a good time to buy a car:

Most workers are off on Memorial Day, so car dealers want to take advantage of the three-day weekend by offering great deals.

Why Memorial Day Weekend is a good time to buy a car:

Most workers are off on Memorial Day, so car dealers want to take advantage of the three-day weekend by offering great deals.

How often are cars on sale?

Cars are almost never on sale, approximately 46 days each year, spanning 13 distinct sale periods—that's 13% of the year.

What are the best months to buy a car?

The best months to buy cars are January, March, May, June, September, November, and December.

What are the best holidays to buy a car?

The best holidays to buy a car are Christmas Eve, Memorial Day, New Year's Day, and New Year's Eve.

Why Memorial Day is a good holiday to buy a car:

Most workers are off on Memorial Day, so car dealers want to take advantage of the three-day weekend by offering great deals.

What's the best place to buy a car?

The best place to buy a car is at Carvana, Auto Trader, and TrueCar.

  1. "WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BUY A CAR?" (Credit Union of South Carolina)
  2. "Best Time To Buy A Car: Shopping On These Days And Months Will Save You Tons Of Money" (Investor's Business Daily)
  3. "Best Time To Buy A Car" (Forbes Advisor)

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