QOTD: Are Cars Finally Getting Cheaper?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Some cars appear to be getting their base prices sliced for 2025.

The 2025 Chevrolet Blazer is starting at a lower price. Nissan is holding the line with the 2025 Nissan Leaf. Mazda is lowering the price for the 3 and BMW is offering discounts.

Are these minor blips or are average transactions prices going to fall as OEMs see that perhaps the average buyer is priced out of the new-car market?

Pricing is always a fluid story -- things can, and do, change a lot from month-to-month or week-to-week. So it's always dangerous to take a small sample size and extrapolate. Still, it's a fun thought exercise. Besides, predictions are just that -- people will understand if you make a prediction that doesn't pan out.

So, what say you?

Sound off below.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • El scotto El scotto on Jun 12, 2024
    Floorplan. Most dealers buy their inventory on a floorplan which is just revolving credit. When the floorplan comes due, the iron will be discounted. No one and I mean no one will be sad when car dealers lose money.
    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jun 12, 2024
      I learned all about floor plans when a buddy had a motorcycle shop. You basically have 90 days (at least he did) before having to pay interest.
  • EBFlex EBFlex on Jun 14, 2024
    No. They’re not. With rampant inflation everything is going up in price.
    • Jalop1991 Jalop1991 on Jun 14, 2024
      What was that VoTroll said? Oh, yeah: "More evidence of how successful the Inflation Reduction Act has been." Truer words have never been spoken.