Is now a good time to buy a car?

Both consumers and dealerships are facing uncertainty, but that might work to your advantage

If you’re considering a new vehicle but aren’t sure if now is the best time, the Southside Dodge team can give you an idea in a no-pressure environment.

We’ve all heard rumours that, if you time it right, you can get a better deal on a car.

Should you wait for the end of the month, when dealerships are trying to get their sales quotas? Are there better prices towards the end of the year when old stock is cluttering the lot? The truth is there are deals throughout the year. Your best bet is to reach out early, and build a trusting relationship with your dealership.

“It doesn’t hurt to take a look. If you’re considering a new vehicle but aren’t sure, we can give you an idea in a no-pressure environment,” says Rod Oszust at Southside Dodge. “We can put the whole scenario together, from assessing your current vehicle to looking at financing and taking a car for a test drive, and you’re under no obligation to buy. But it will help you see the possibilities.”

The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing financial concerns means both consumers and dealerships are poring over budgets and making careful decisions.

“Consumers need to know that everybody’s in the same boat,” Oszust says. “Right now is not a bad time to buy a vehicle if you can swing it.”

A friendly face in the neighbourhood

Oszust didn’t know what to expect when he returned to the dealership in May. With extra cleaning and physical distancing measures in place, he felt confident Southside Dodge was safe, but how would customers react?

“I was impressed that most people feel at ease, because we’re paying attention and being careful,” he says.

Oszust is proud that the dealership is consistently voted Best in Red Deer by Advocate readers, and believes their genuine service has helped customers feel comfortable.

“It’s not just a slogan. We really do care about people,” Oszust says. “Take a big breath and relax. We’ll get through this together, as a group.”

Plus, plus, plus

Right now the dealership is offering great financing deals to help consumers who need a car now, but whose income may be uncertain. Delaying payments, negotiating cash back, and offering employee pricing and other deals inspired Oszust to call this a Plus, Plus, Plus sales event:

  • No payments for 180 days, PLUS
  • Employee pricing, PLUS
  • 0% financing for 84 months, PLUS
  • Cash back

With a wide selection of cars, trucks and used recreational vehicles there’s plenty to explore in a no-pressure environment. Shop remotely or in-person at 2804 50 Ave. in Red Deer.

For the latest updates on opening hours and service, follow Southside Dodge on Facebook. The sales showroom is currently open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Parts and Service is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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