Good time to buy a used car?
After years of record prices for used cars, it looks like the bottom may be dropping out of the market. That’s good news for the frugal shopper, but it may signal bad news for automobile manufacturers.
If the trend continues, buying a used car may end up being more attractive than it has been for years — and even the price of new cars may face downward pressure in what could become a buyer’s market.
Used-car prices are sliding, a boon to penny-pinchers, but troubling for new-car sales.
The auto industry sales recovery in recent years means millions of used cars, many coming off lease, are starting to flood the market. The result is a decline in used-car prices that zoomed sky-high after the recession. And the decline is leading to talk that new-car auto sales growth may be peaking.
“We’re going to see a tremendous increase in used-car supply over the next couple of years,” says Larry Dominique, an executive vice president of auto-pricing site TrueCar.