Monthly Archives: March 2016

Best Time of Year to Buy a New Car

when should i buy a car

All those pennies are adding up!

Saving money on a car is easy, especially with all the discounts and specials dealerships run throughout the year. Despite what you see on TV, there are even better times to buy. Doing your research can result in thousands in savings. We here at Bill Walsh GM Superstore know the best time of year to buy a new car and we’re happy to share!

In order to get the best deal, its best to shop when others aren’t. That means during cold weather, specifically winter, when few people are out on the lot. As there are fewer potential customers, dealerships have to work harder in order to sell cars. They do so by offering specials and discounts.

Shopping toward the end of the calendar year doesn’t hurt but whether or not you get a good deal depends on the dealership. Instead, focus on the end of the model year.

When dealerships have the newest model coming in, they need to make space on the lot. As a result, they may be willing to make a deal on the “old” model.

Holiday shopping can be a good time to buy but many others are as well and that can limit inventory. Spring is the worst time to buy. As the weather gets warmer, more people flock to car lots with a tax refund burning a hole in their pocket!

GM’s Autonomous Vehicle Development

GM’s Autonomous Vehicle Development

The back of GM’s headquarters.

Automakers around the world have been hard at work developing cars that can drive themselves. General Motors, parent company to Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC, is among them and isn’t pulling any punches. The automaker recently stepped into Maven, a car-sharing service to attract customers who don’t own vehicles. Now General Motors has made its largest investment yet.

GM’s autonomous vehicle development has been slow coming out of the gate. With a recent $500 million investment and partnership with Lyft, it should come as no surprise the automaker made an even larger deal.

“Fully autonomous vehicles can bring our customers enormous benefits in terms of greater convenience, lower cost and improved safety for their daily mobility needs,” said Dan Ammann, GM President.

The company has hammered out a deal to acquire Cruise Automation, a developer of self-driving technology. The technology was originally offered as an aftermarket add-on for Audi A4 and S4 models. With the technology, the vehicles could drive autonomously on highways.

Although there’s no official announcement from GM, word has it the deal comes to over $1 billion. The terms of the deal are still under wraps but Cruise Automation will operate independently within the company.

Here at Bill Walsh GM Superstore, we’re expecting big things from General Motors in the future!