When is the Best Time of Year to Buy a Vehicle?

When it’s time to buy a car, there are many factors to consider. You want to make sure that you get a good deal, and an important thing to consider is the timing of when you buy the car.

If you play your cards right and follow these simple steps, you could get the deal that you always wanted. Going to the lot at the right time of year, talking to the salesman at the right time, and planning ahead are essential to getting a good deal.

What's the best time to buy a car?

First, do your homework. Find the car that suits you best, and pay close attention to the year and model you prefer. Once you have that decision made, keep these tips in mind of the best times to strike up a deal:

  • During the winter when the previous model years will be more reasonably priced

  • Dealer traffic is generally slower in the winter, because people don’t want to be outside

  • By the time winter settles in, people have gotten a peek of updated body styles and they want those newer models, meaning the older versions will be priced at a lower rate

  • At the end of the month when salesman may be trying to “meet their quota” for the sales period

  • At the beginning of the week when less people are inquiring about cars on the lot

  • The end of the day when salesman are more likely to give you the deal to make their goal for the day


Next Step

Schedule Oil Change

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Oil Change. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Oil Change reviews

Excellent Rating

(21,699)

Rating Summary
20,382
845
179
87
206
20,382
845
179
87
206

Matthew

33 years of experience
991 reviews
Matthew
33 years of experience
Volkswagen Passat - Oil Change - Hampton, Virginia
Matt always does a great job. Very professional. I look forward to my next appointment.... A++++++
Ford Expedition - Oil Change - Hampton, Virginia
I am so please to have Matt work on my vehicle, he is very friendly and personable, and always does a great job.

Greg

22 years of experience
37 reviews
Greg
22 years of experience
Audi A3 - Oil Change - Queen Creek, Arizona
Job well done! Greg was on time and professional. He treated my vehicle with care. He completed the job smoothly and so far so good. First time using Your mechanic and it was a pleasant experience. I will be looking into them again. Thanks Greg!
Ford Explorer - Oil Change - Scottsdale, Arizona
Greg was very friendly and professional. Communication was great, he let me know what he was doing. He went above and beyond to make sure everything was running smoothly. I would 100% recommend Greg!

LAVELL

27 years of experience
93 reviews
LAVELL
27 years of experience
Buick Encore - Oil Change - Oakland, California
Another home run! Really appreciate the flexibility regarding my service appointment. Due to my work schedule I desperately needed a late appointment. So grateful my car is receiving top shelf professional service. Replaced a oil pan drain plug that was seriously damaged and stripped by a competitor that will NEVER get my business again! All services were quickly completed. Thank you so much for another great experience with my.... Your Mechanic Lavell 5 ⭐️ Service consistently.

Brian

23 years of experience
483 reviews
Brian
23 years of experience
Porsche 911 - Oil Change - Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Brian is extremely knowledgeable and very personable and has taken very good care on my 911. I would recommend Brian to any one who has mechanical car challenges. I would recommend Brian to all My friends and family

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

Top 10 Scenic Drives in Northern California
Exploring northern California is especially exciting because the region is home to an impressively wide variety of terrain, ranging from sandy beaches to tall, rugged mountains. The possibilities for day trips or weekend getaways consequently abound. Whether winding through wine...
Top 10 Scenic Drives in Virginia
Virginia is a state well-known for its natural beauty and is home to several national and state parks. Scenic drives can be discovered at virtually every turn. There is more to the region than just its statuesque mountains, regal valleys,...
Top 10 Scenic Drives in Hawaii
There’s no denying that Hawaii is a tropical paradise, which is why so many tourists flock there throughout the year to get their fill of surf and sun. This network of islands has more to offer than beachside resorts and...

Related questions

What are roller rockers for and what would cause them to have rust

Roller rockers are used to push down the valve spring with less resistance than a traditional rocker. The entire valve train should be constantly bathed in oil when the engine is running and the rollers could only get rust on...

Recommendation on most reliable cars

One thousand dollars for a car is not much these days. I have a '94 Toyota Celica I'm driving and I paid 350 bucks for it five years ago. However, I bought it from a customer of mine who was...

Advice on Winter Prep

Hi there, thanks for writing in. I'd be happy to provide you with my suggestions to prolong the life of this car, especially for the cold winter in Michigan. First, here are some tips for driving an SUV in the...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com