CARS.COM — For what seems like the first time in eons, signs exist that the current era of sky-high incentives could make like “Game of Thrones” and, well, eventually end. New-car sales in July declined for the seventh straight month, per Automotive News, and it appears automakers have found some religion on incentives.
After a meteoric rise some 18 months in the making, discounts landed at $3,640 per new car in July, according to Autodata Corp. That’s up just 6.7 percent, or $229, over July 2016, and it marks the lowest year-over-year increase by percentage and dollar amount since December 2015. Put another way: Incentives are still up, but less so than at any point in the past year and a half.
That said, August can be, well, an august time to shop. (We waited months — months! — to write that.) Deals were unremarkable a year ago, per Autodata, but August was the third-best month in 2015 and single best month in 2014. Ebbing discounts notwithstanding, incentives for 2017 models remain strong.
Which ones should you consider? Here are a few: