I’ve recently started the painful process of shopping for a car. I say painful because there are just too many features, makes, models, options, etc. that it makes it difficult to make a decision that I feel good about.
However, one of the first things I asked myself when I began this process was when the best time to buy a car is. I thought January might be the best time – seeing that all the 2006 models are then outdated in the minds of consumers. I was suprised to find out that September is actually the best month to buy a car because dealers have most likely begun receiving shipments of the next year’s model and will try and get rid of the current year models.
But cars are not the only things to have a peak buying season. SmartMoney.com has a great little article listing the best times to buy both small and big-ticket consumer items including airline tickets (Wednesdays), Broadway tickets (hours before the curtain goes up), and wrapping paper (January). Check out the article to get the scoop on the best time to buy stuff – but if you have your own advice please feel free to leave a comment!