Hammer Time: Free Falling

Steven Lang
by Steven Lang

Guess what happens to the car market between Labor Day and Thanksgiving? Nothing. Nobody buys cars unless they absolutely need to during this time. You have no shopping holidays. No ‘tax season’ with refunds aplenty. Not even a hint of any government windfall or pork barrel rolling down Capitol Hill. This is the time of year where 2009s and even 2008s will slowly make their march to the ‘deep’ discount aisle. Should you buy?

Nope. Regardless of the extremist bullshit being pelted out by the MSM whore du jours, used is still where it’s at. You want American luxury for your travels? A three-year-old Lincoln Town Car or Cadillac DTS with less than 30,000 miles should only cost around 15 large. That’s cheap. Japanese or German? The G35s are still pricey.

But a five-year old E-Class or the orphaned Infiniti Q45 with low, low miles are cheaper than wore out mops . . . from Tiffany’s . . . about 18 grand retail before the dealer begging.

Or you can get truly medieval on yourself and order a 2004 Phaeton with the 4.2L V8 for only a thousand more. That’s a helluva lot better than a base Camry or a stripped out C30. But if you really want a deep discount, go for the unloved.

I’m looking at you, Pontiac Grand Prix! Saturns aplenty. Saab stories. Suburbans saddled with the 8.1 Liter engine. Aerios with no good Outlooks nearby and no hope of a Torrent of customers. From Aspen to Montana. The domestics and second tier-imports threw in such a gaggle of one car wonders . . . nobody will remember their names unless they’re into rarefied history or trivia.

Most of these models are already well represented in the $500 down lots (with GPS systems booted up). But if all you really need are wheels and your tastes don’t go any further than paint color or radio station, this may not be a bad time to wade the waters for a perfectly good used car at a perfectly cheap price.

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  • Pleiter Pleiter on Sep 15, 2009

    @ronmorrison I see ronsmap, but it does not seem to be active. When will this mysterious force enter the universe? I have window measured in days.

  • Confused1096 Confused1096 on Sep 16, 2009

    Or...buy a very cheap vehicle that is popular with a large parts availabilty. Yes, you do more initial repairs but they don't cost much. Look for one with aggravating (but non-critical) problems that will shoo away buyers. I'm currently driving an old Cherokee. Bought dirt cheap due to a cracked exhaust manifold and bald tires. It sounded like a Sherman tank when I picked it up. $200 and three hours later it was quiet and a decent travelling companion.

  • RobbyG $100k+...for a Jeep. Are they selling these in fantasy land?Twin turbo inline 6 paired to an 8-speed transmission. Yet still only gets 14mpg.Whatever money you think you would save over a V-8 will be spent 2-3x amount fixing these things when they blow up.
  • Alan Well the manufacturers are catching up with stocks. This means shortages of parts is reducing. Stocks are building around the world even Australia and last year had the most vehicles ever sold here.
  • Larry You neglected to mention that the 2024 Atlas has a US Government 5-Star Safety Rating.
  • Alan Why is it that Toyota and Nissan beat their large SUVs (Patrol/300 Series) with an ugly stick and say they are upmarket? Whilst they are beating the vehicles with an ugly stick they reduce the off road ability rather than improve it.As I've stated in previous comments you are far better off waiting for the Patrol to arrive than buy an overpriced vehicle.
  • Alan How many people do you see with a 4x4 running mud tyres? How many people do you see with a 4x4 running massive rims and low profile tyres? How many people have oversize mirrors for towing once in a blue moon? How many 4x4s do you see lifted? How many people care what tyres they run to save fuel? The most comfortable tyres are more or less the most economical.