GM, Ford Rev Up Deals for Black Friday

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Big-box retailers aren't the only ones broadcasting Black Friday discounts. Automakers have thrown their, uh, pilgrim hats in the ring. GM and Ford are offering incentives for deal-hunting car shoppers that go well beyond existing programs. GM has Black Friday specials among its Chevrolet, GMC and Buick brands. The automaker's Cadillac division, like many luxury brands, has separate holiday-themed deals. The same goes for Ford, whose namesake brand, but not its Lincoln luxury division, has a Black Friday program.

We tallied up the best Black Friday deals you can find once the food coma subsides. As always, regional pricing may vary so check with your local dealer for specifics.

By Kelsey Mays | November 26, 2013 | Comments (0)

Ford Hopes Focus EV Price Cut Sparks Sales

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If you've noticed automakers like Nissan, Honda and GM reducing the prices of their electric vehicles in recent months, then Ford's plan to slash the 2014 Focus EV's price won't come as a shock. Despite Ford's insistence that it would not follow suit, the Detroit automaker is now wooing mainstream buyers with a $4,000 discount on the EV for 2014, according to the Detroit News.

The new base price for the Focus EV is $35,995, including a $795 destination charge. That's down more than 10% from the previous base price, though still more than $6,000 costlier than the Nissan Leaf, the newspaper noted. A $7,500 federal tax credit knocks the price down to $28,495, including destination; in California, an additional state tax credit takes the price down another $2,500.

By Matt Schmitz | July 11, 2013 | Comments (0)

Save Some Cash With Memorial Day Deals

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Somewhere between that pile of grilled meat and your food coma, you may want to pencil in some car shopping this Memorial Day weekend. It's a weekend for car dealers to end May on a high note — and it's never too early to sell down some 2013 inventory in advance of the 2014s, the bulk of which will show up during the next four months or so.

We checked out the cash and financing deals from the biggest automakers; take a look below to see what's in store as you pass by all those colorful tents.

By Kelsey Mays | May 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

Two Big Family Haulers, Lots of Incentives

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A good deal can make an ugly car more palatable or a mediocre car more desirable when the end result means a ton of money off the asking price. Maybe the Ford Flex's hearse-like styling becomes acceptable or the Chrysler Town & Country's minivan stigma less traumatic when there are serious incentives on the table, which happens to be the case with the 2013 Ford Flex Limited with the Titanium Package and 2013 Chrysler Town & Country Limited we recently tested.
 
As configured, the Flex and Town & Country offer similar gas mileage ratings, seating for seven, comparable horsepower and equal safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Plus, nearly identical retail prices are separated by a mere $170: $42,570 for the Flex and $42,440 for the Town & Country as-tested, not including destination charges. The amount of money taken off the top is impressive with enough discounts to take the whole family on a summer vacation in either family hauler. 

By Joe Bruzek | March 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

End of Year Luxury Battle Means Deals for Shoppers

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A battle has quietly been waged over the last year, with the prize being the sales crown for luxury cars here in the U.S. For most of this century, that title has been solidly in the hands of Lexus, but the Japanese earthquake and tsunami tragedy of 2011 left the brand with pinched inventory, allowing BMW to take the crown for the first time in more than a decade.

Now, as 2012 comes to a close, the sales champion title may be changing hands again, as Mercedes-Benz has been successfully pushing hard all year to become the top-selling luxury brand in the U.S. — a fight BMW has vowed not to give up on.

This brand battle is a good thing for car shoppers.

By Aaron Bragman | December 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 Ford Escape, Fusion Get Big Incentives

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We've complained loudly that no matter how good Ford's new products may be, the price on the window sticker is generally higher than the competition. The competition these days happens to be pretty darn good, too.

Perhaps that's why Ford is putting some sizable incentives on the redesigned 2013 Escape compact crossover and just-released 2013 Fusion sedan.

By David Thomas | November 13, 2012 | Comments (11)

Discontinued Cars See Deep Discounts

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The transition from one model year to the next usually foretells the demise of a few good worn-out nameplates. Come 2013, say goodbye to models like the Mitsubishi Galant, Kia Sedona and the Hyundai Veracruz.

While there’s probably not much love lost for these mediocre models, they will likely be deeply discounted and appealing to frugal shoppers.

The dying midsize Galant, available only with a single four-cylinder powertrain and plenty of standard features, is one of the most deeply discounted models on the list. It can be had for the low price of about $19,100 (including destination) after discounts. Mitsubishi consistently has offered $3,500 cash back on Galants during the past few months.

By Colin Bird | September 26, 2012 | Comments (1)

Daily News Briefs: July 11, 2012

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On the heels of GM offering a 60-day buyback guarantee, Chrysler will let buyers put off payments for 90 days, the Detroit News reports. The program applies to Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat vehicles and is part of the automaker's Summer Clearance Event aimed at selling off 2012 inventory. To qualify, buyers have to finance through Ally Financial, Chrysler's preferred lender, at least for now. Chrysler's dealer stock is almost entirely 2012s: As of today, just 0.7% of Cars.com's national inventory of the automaker's five brands is 2013 models. That's the smallest portion of 2013s for major automakers, following Nissan/Infiniti (2.6%), Honda/Acura (3.5%), Toyota/Lexus/Scion (6.1%), GM (8.5%), Ford/Lincoln (19.7%) and Hyundai/Kia (43%).

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By Kelsey Mays | July 11, 2012 | Comments (1)

Chevrolet: Love it or Return it

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Feeling buyer's remorse about that Corvette purchase? Under a new Chevrolet promotion, you can change your mind. The "Love It or Return It" program means customers can return a vehicle and get a refund.

The program applies to all new model-year 2012 and 2013 Chevy vehicles, and they have to be damage-free and returned after 30 days but before 60 days of the original purchase date. They also must have been driven less than 4,000 miles.

There are some exceptions. The vehicle must be purchased and not leased. Fleet sales are not eligible, and if the vehicle has over $300 in damage, it no longer qualifies for return and refund.

By Jennifer Geiger | July 10, 2012 | Comments (12)

Volvo Incentive Offers Two Months of Free Payments

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During its summer sales event, Volvo is offering longer free-maintenance plans on its 2013 models and is allowing buyers to waive the first two months of finance or lease payments on its 2012 models.

There's a catch, though. The waived payments have a cash limit and must be financed through U.S. Bank. Also, Volvo's longer maintenance schedule for its 2013 models includes fewer, more spread out service intervals than were offered on its 2012 and 2011 models.

By Colin Bird | June 14, 2012 | Comments (1)

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