Black Friday car deals abound – USA TODAY
Automakers aren’t being left out of the Black Friday rush.
Chevrolet, Buick and BMW are among the brands offering sales deals on new cars. And taking advantage of them should be easy, at least when it come to weather: It’s looking relatively good for Friday everywhere except the upper Midwest and Northwest.
•Chevrolet is offering 0% financing and $1,000 cash back on a number of models, including its Silverado pickups.
•Buick is promoting its Black Friday sale on social media, including 20% off on 2014 and 2015 LaCrosse models.
•BMW is offering a big Black Friday promotion focused on financing deals.
“Black Friday represents one of the hottest shopping days in America, and new-car shopping is no exception,” says Jack Nerad, executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com, in a statement. “There are amazing deals on new cars right now as the calendar year comes to a close.”
Among the best deals, Kelley Blue Book says, are a 36-month lease on a Cadillac ATS at $299 a month with $749 due at signing — not bad on a car KBB says has a “fair” purchase price of $32,138. There’s also a 39-month lease on a $22,224 Mazda6 sedan at $189 a month and $1,989 due at signing.
Buyers can usually get a better deal by focusing on 2014 models, which dealers are anxious to clear out to make way for the 2015s.
Others are expecting Black Friday will pay off when it comes to November sales.
“Car sales will remain elevated in November in large part because of Black Friday,” says Edmunds.com Senior Analyst Jessica Caldwell, in a statement. “In recent years both car shoppers and car dealers have turned toward Black Friday as an opportunity to dive into the holiday shopping season.”
If you miss the deals, another car shopping site, TrueCar.com, says there will be even steeper discounts on New Year’s Eve.
Shoppers who venture to the car lots or malls will generally find good weather Friday in most major metro areas. But . Schneider Electric, which provides forecasts for weather-sensitive businesses like airports and utilities, says watch out in the upper Midwest and Northwest.
Some of the dicier places include:
Duluth, Minn.: 2 inches of snow.
Green Bay, Wis., 1-2 inches of snow.
Milwaukee, Wis.: 1 inches of snow.
Grand Rapids, Mich.: 1-2 inches of snow
Traverse City, Mich.: 1-2 inches of snow
Portland, Ore.: Rain much of the day.
Eureka, CA: Rain much of the day.
Olympia, WA: Rain much of the day.
Cut Bank, Mont.: Snow developing and turning much colder.