Keeping the Halloween theme that comes with the month of October, we’re officially in automotive purgatory right now. Model year 2012 vehicles are on their way out of showrooms, but the 2013s haven’t all gotten here yet. We’re done with summer—the high point of car incentives for the year—and haven’t quite gotten all of the new vehicles that don’t yet justify all the cash on their hoods. And at that, auto sales aren’t exactly slacking right now; the industry is holding onto its mojo going into the cold months.
But there are deals to be had in October—you just have to know where to look.
We’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Best New Car Deals for October 2012 that we feel are more treat than trick; in fact, they’re devilishly good.
There’s a $3,000 cash back on 2012 Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, and GMC Acadia models, because the three crossovers are receiving substantial updates for the 2013 model year, and dealers need to clear inventory. But that doesn’t mean the outgoing crossover is second-rate; it’s virtually the same vehicle, albeit an older variation. But more importantly, it’ll save you a ton over the brand new version. Honda is offering 0.9 percent financing on both the Acura MDX crossover and Honda Odyssey minivan—and Honda doesn’t incentivize its vehicles too often. With almost no interest, now might be time to shop for one or the other.
We’ve mulled through all the best deals, highlighting the best deals for October when it comes to new compacts, midsize sedans, minivans, crossovers, and pickup trucks. And we implore you to check out the full list of October’s 10 Best Deals here if you’re in the market for a new vehicle.