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5 Reasons Why The Fall Is the Best Time To Buy a Used Car

In the heat of the summer, it’s hard to think that it will ever be cold again. Missouri has just had one of its hottest Julys on record, with temperatures averaging at least 5 degrees higher than historical temperature averages. But for those who can’t wait to be rid of the hot temperatures, we’ve got good news for you. Fall starts September 23rd this year, which means you’ve only got about two months left to deal with the blistering heat of the sun!

We believe you can make it through the worst of summer, and we also want you to know that there’s another reason why you should be looking forward to fall. Fall is one of the best times to purchase a used car if you’re in the market for one. Perhaps your air conditioner busted the hottest day so far this year (we hope not!) or maybe you’ve just been keeping your eye out for a new set of wheels for a while now. If you can, waiting until the leaves start to turn might save you some big money and get you great deals at Auto Bank of Kansas City.

Here Are Our 5 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Used Car This Fall

1) Popular Mechanics lists summer and spring as some of the worst times to purchase a car.

Used CarsPopular mechanics, an authority on all things car-related, recently came out with their own comprehensive take on car purchase and sales in the United States. This list is exhaustive, and looks at fluctuating market prices over a series of years, analyzing exactly which months were the worst. Although it might come as a surprise due to the many holidays that occur at the beginning of the year, it turns out that spring and summertime are actually the worst times to purchase a car. The odd holiday aside, sales tended to be thousands of dollars higher. On top of this, big sale days like Memorial Day didn’t save the average car buyer very much.

Compare this to the fall and winter, and you’ll see a very drastic shift. Black Friday being in the fall is a given, and well all know that fall black Friday sales on cars are one of the best deals you can get during the year. But analysis of monthly car buying data showed that buyers spent less during November than during any other month. October made it on the list as well, showing that fall really can save you the big bucks if you’re looking for a deal on a used or buy here pay here car.

2) The kids are back in school, so you have time to spend shopping for a new car that’s safe for them.

When sales are high during the spring, chances are you won’t get the full attention of a salesperson. They’ll be busy with a bunch of customers, and it will be hard for them to give you the attention you deserve. If we’re being honest though -- if you’re a parent, you won’t be giving that salesperson your all during the spring, either. Spring is a super stressful time, full of tax filing, the end of school, concerts and sporting events for your kids, and other stressful events that make purchasing a used car as an adult stressful.

Waiting until your kids are back in school and taking an off day to de-stress and have a little “you” time can go hand in hand with shopping for a quality used car. Take some time and come up with a list of things you are looking for in a quality used car and take it to a buy here pay here dealership. The extra time you have to put into car shopping will ensure that you make the right choice for you and your family, as well as saving a buck on all the great fall savings.

3) You’ll have plenty of time to get it ready before winter.

If you buy a used car in the winter, you might get a great deal, but then you’ll have to pay for its registration fees, inspection, and other standard car buying fees on top of all the things you need to do to make your car winter-ready and safe for the road. Getting snow tires and chains can cost an arm and a leg, so take the time to save up incrementally for these things before winter hits.

4) There are tons of excellent car sales in the fall.

Veteran’s Day. Black Friday. Columbus Day. Halloween. These holidays were all listed in the Popular Mechanics article above as being the best holidays to save on your car purchases. What do these holidays all have in common? They all take place in the fall. Grab a great used car for your dad who proudly served his country or take your favorite aunt out Black Friday shopping with a pit stop at your local buy here pay here dealership. You’ll be sure to save during fall holiday events.

5) Next year’s models are starting to come out, so now is the time to get a deal on older models.

It’s probably hard to fathom this as the year is only a little over halfway through, but 2020 vehicle models are about ready to make their way to dealerships near you, which means older vehicles will be making their way to used car dealerships. Buy here pay here dealerships inspect older model cars and sell them to you for much less than you would find from a new car, but with just as much reliability as a newer model. Take advantage of the new car season by shopping the wide variety of used vehicles that are available during the fall.

Auto Bank of Kansas City is your gateway to the best fall deals on used cars. With a great variety of pre-owned SUVs, sedans, trucks, and vans in all makes, models, and years, we are confident we’ll be able to get you on the road in style before the snow flies. Learn if you qualify for financing by filling out our online approval form here. If you’re interested in meeting with someone in person, please stop by one of our locations. Call to make an appointment at our East Truman Road location at (816) 241-7880 or at our East Front Street Location at (816) 231-9300.