Discontinued Cars: Are There Bargains To Be Had?

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - July 27, 2017

In the normal course of events, new cars are introduced and some are discontinued. 2017 marks the last chance to buy models like the Honda Accord Coupe, BMW 6 Series Coupe, Volkswagen Touareg and more.

Although it may seem like a no-brainer that cars like these should feature stellar deals, that's not necessarily true. In some cases, manufacturers have opted to let these cars ride off quietly into the sunset.

So which models are a smart buy at the moment? Is it too late to get one for a steal or is there still time left? Here's a look at some examples based on current inventory and incentives data.

Offers can change with time. Please check with your dealer for the latest offers.

Updated 3:09 pm July 27, 2017

Honda Accord Coupe

Honda has gradually been ratcheting up unadvertised dealer cash incentives on the Accord Coupe prior to the arrival of the new sedan-only 2018 Accord. Leasing the outgoing car has become a particularly attractive option for those looking for a bargain.

You can now lease an Accord LX-S from just $189 for 36 months with $2,399 due at signing. With an effective cost of $256, it's a mere $2/month more expensive than a 2-door Civic 1.5T EX ($254) despite a difference in MSRP of $2,575.

Financing offers are about as good as they're going to get at 0.9% APR for 60 months or 1.9% for 72. Honda never really offers 0% rates, so now is a great time to buy while the selection is still decent.

Verdict: It's not too late!

Take advantage of these deals while you can.

Chevrolet SS

The Chevy SS and its brawny 415 hp V8 won't be returning for 2018. Production has ended, and inventory has already become close to impossible to find.

Unfortunately, there's no longer any rebate to speak of, and the best financing offer is 3.9% APR for 60 months. Based on our records, the best time to buy was back in March when there was a 20% Bonus Tag offer.

Verdict: Too late!

Consider test driving the Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack. It features a 485 hp HEMI V8 and is eligible for 0% APR for 60 months plus $2,750 cash or an option to lease from $399/month.

Volkswagen Touareg

The Touareg could have easily been confused for an Audi Q7 (and had a high price tag to boot). It's now headed for the chopping block following the arrival of the all-new Atlas and revamped Tiguan. That said, spotting a deal may not be as easy as you think.

VW doesn't really advertise rebates, but there's an unadvertised $3,500 dealer incentive on remaining stock. If you can find a dealer willing to pass that along, the savings could be substantial. Alternatively, VW is offering 0.9% APR for 60 months.

There's also a lease, but it's pretty terrible. The Touareg VR6 Sport is listed at $669 for 36 months with $2,999 due at signing. However, with an effective cost of $752, it's $2/month pricier than a 2017 Volvo XC90 Momentum Plus — a much nicer vehicle with a sticker price that's $4,400 higher.

Verdict: It's not too late!

However, there are better deals available like the XC90.

BMW 6 Series Coupe

Sadly, the time has passed to snag a great deal on the 6 Series Coupe. Offers have shifted to a rather abysmal financing rate of 3.29% for 72 months, and stock is close to impossible to find at most dealers.

BMW typically offers Build-Out Cash at the end of the model year, but the 6 Series is a rare exception. We think it's because the car is already very hard to find.

Verdict: Too late!

For an alternative, consider the Audi A7. Remaining 2017 models feature 2.9% APR financing for 66 months plus a $1,000 conquest bonus when you're coming from a luxury brand.

Nissan Juke

The Juke defined just how quirky the styling could get on a small SUV. However, now that the Rogue Sport has arrived, Nissan has reportedly decided to kill off the older model.

Unfortunately, offers on the Juke haven't been impressive. After months of close to zero deals, Nissan rolled out a $1,000 bonus. There are no incentives for financing or leasing.

Our records indicate the best deal was a $2,000 bonus plus 0% APR for 36 months back in January of last year. Sadly, offers haven't been anywhere near that good for a while.

You can still find Jukes in stock, but they're becoming hard to find. Expect dealers to be willing to negotiate a great price.

Verdict: It's not too late!

Dealers still have some in stock. For an alternative, consider the Mazda CX-3 with a choice between $1,000 cash or 0% APR for 60 months plus a $500 bonus.

Lexus CT 200h

Offers on the CT hybrid remain attractive, but there's a catch. Even though the automaker is advertising a $249/month lease that costs less than a Prius, your chances of actually finding a CT in stock are slim.

The car has essentially sold out after months of aggressive offers like 0% financing for 60 months. Alternatively, there's a $1,500 rebate through the end of July. Unfortunately, we think the best time to buy was about 4-5 months ago.

Verdict: Too late!

For a mainstream alternative, consider the Toyota Prius with a choice between $2,000 cash or 0% APR for 72 months. Alternatively, the Audi A3 e-tron has curb appeal and offers 0% APR for 66 months plus a $500 bonus when coming from a luxury brand.

Chrysler 200

This is probably your last chance to buy a Chrysler 200. However, in an odd twist, the car you're most likely to find is going to be the 2016 model. That's because production of the 2017 model was extremely limited.

Offers on the 2016 version are about as good as they've ever been. The best deal is 15% off MSRP on models in stock the longest. One local dealer is even advertising the nearly $26,000 200 Limited for less than $15,000.

Verdict: It's not too late!

However, time is running out. For an alternative, consider the Toyota Camry — it features a choice between $3,000 cash or a lease starting at $189/month.

, Senior Pricing Analyst

As CarsDirect’s resident pricing analyst, Alex offers must-know analysis of pricing & incentives to those looking to buy or lease a car. His consumer-oriented coverage of the latest trends and breaking news has been featured in publications such as Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine and Autoblog.

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