2012 Year-End Deals are Still Available as Bargain-Hunting Trend is on the Rise, Reports Edmunds.com

  2012 Year-End Deals are Still Available as Bargain-Hunting Trend is on the
  Rise, Reports Edmunds.com

Business Wire

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- February 1, 2013

Many car buyers in January were able to secure the same great year-end deals
that were available in December, reports Edmunds.com, the premier resource for
car shopping and automotive information. According to Edmunds.com’s True Cost
of Incentives^® (TCI^®) report, new car incentives in January fell just 0.4
percent from December to an average of $2,372. By comparison, incentives fell
7.2 percent during the same December-to-January period one year ago.

“Car-shoppers will be glad to know that vehicle incentives haven’t dipped much
from December's year-end deals, as bargain-hunting is on the rise,” says
Edmunds.com Sr. Analyst Jessica Caldwell. “People are starting to notice their
paychecks are less than they were in 2012 because of the payroll tax, and that
will make good deals more attractive to anyone in the market.”

Average True Cost of Incentives^® (TCI^®) by Car Manufacturer
Manufacturer  Jan-13  Dec-12  Jan-12  Jan 2013 vs Dec    Jan 2013 vs Jan
                                          2012                2012
Chrysler      $3,117  $2,756  $2,447  13.1%              27.4%
Ford          $2,544  $2,929  $2,788  -13.1%             -8.8%
GM            $3,655  $3,347  $3,171  9.2%               15.3%
Honda         $862    $1,076  $1,060  -19.9%             -18.7%
Nissan        $2,544  $2,576  $2,417  -1.2%              5.3%
Toyota        $1,769  $1,912  $1,426  -7.5%              24.1%
Industry      $2,372  $2,381  $2,141  -0.4%              10.8%

Most notably, General Motors and Chrysler offered higher incentives in January
compared to December, up 13.1 percent and 9.2 percent, respectively. Honda and
Ford, meanwhile, lowered their incentives more than any other major automaker,
with spending down 19.9 percent and 13.1 percent, respectively, month to
month. Honda’s numbers are especially notable, since its projected average
incentive of $862 per vehicle in January would be its lowest single-month
average since October 2009.

Shoppers can always find the vehicles with the most compelling deals on
Edmunds.com’s True Market Value® Deals of the Month page.

Edmunds.com's monthly True Cost of Incentives^® (TCI^®) report takes into
account all automakers' various U.S. incentives programs, including subvented
interest rates and lease programs, as well as cash rebates to consumers and
dealers. To ensure the greatest possible accuracy, Edmunds.com bases its
calculations on sales volume, including the mix of vehicle makes and models
for each month, as well as on the proportion of vehicles for which each type
of incentive was used.

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