OC Auto Show Brings Special Discounts For SoCal

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Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - September 28, 2017

The OC Auto Show begins today and will run through Sunday, October 1. Despite being a low-key affair compared to bigger events elsewhere, it offers the opportunity to view and test drive over 100 vehicles in one weekend.

However, prospective car buyers may not know that automakers have timed special discounts worth up to $1,000 to coincide with the event. Interestingly, you don't even need to attend the show in order to qualify.

Rules and restrictions can vary by brand. Here's a look at what's available heading into the weekend.

Updated 3:41pm Thursday, September 28.

We're currently tracking offers for Buick, Chevy, Chrysler, Dodge, GMC, Jeep, Mazda and RAM.

Buick Auto Show Discount

Offer Details: Since September 15, Buick has been offering cashback on just about every single model in its lineup. The offer is $750 off the 2017 LaCrosse, Regal and Cascada, or $500 off the Encore, Enclave or Envision.

Good To Know: Although this is a nice little bonus, it's nothing compared to so-called "standalone offers" from Buick. For example, the 2017 Encore currently features 17% Off MSRP.

The 2017 Enclave is one of the best deals at the moment with $5,500 cash when choosing a 1SL Leather style. With the bonus, that's $6,000 in available savings.

When It Expires: The offer ends October 2.

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Chevy Auto Show Discount

Offer Details: Since September 15, Chevy has been offering extra cash on select models.

All versions of the Silverado get an additional $750, including the Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500HD and Silverado 3500HD. A smaller $500 bonus is available on the Cruze, Equinox and Traverse.

Both 2017 and 2018 inventory is eligible for the promotion. That's in contrast to a similar offer for Buick and GMC that only targets 2017 models.

Good To Know: Even though 2018 stock is arriving, the best deals are on remaining 2017 models. In the case of a Chevy Cruze, you can now enjoy $4,000 cash when factoring in the bonus.

If you're considering an Equinox, please be aware that last year's model has already sold out, leaving only the 2018 version. Local offers currently stand at $3,750, the most we've seen to date. Interestingly, even the all-new Equinox Diesel is eligible.

When It Expires: The deal ends October 2, so you won't have much time to decide after the show ends.

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Chrysler Auto Show Discount

Offer Details: Starting September 28, Chrysler Capital is offering $1,000 off the 2017 300 and 300C.

To be eligible, you'll have to be a resident of any of the following counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Inyo and Kern.

Good To Know: Since the offer is through Chrysler Capital, it comes with the requirement that you finance or lease your purchase.

The 2017 Chrysler 300C currently features $6,250 in factory discounts. With the bonus, that's $7,250 in available savings. Or, choose 0% APR for 60 months plus $5,500 cash.

Although the 2018 Chrysler 300 boasts a new base model priced under $30,000, dealers still have a ton of leftover 2017 inventory waiting to be sold.

When It Expires: The offer is set to expire October 9, giving shoppers a full week after the show has ended to finalize their purchase.

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Dodge Auto Show Discount

Offer Details: Starting today, you can get an extra $1,000 off nearly every Dodge Challenger or Durango that's in stock. All 2017 and 2018 inventory is eligible with the exception of SRT models.

Residents of the following counties are eligible: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Inyo and Kern.

Good To Know: Because the offer is administered by Chrysler Capital, it comes with a requirement that you finance or lease your purchase.

Even though 2018 Challenger inventory is arriving now, our analysis shows dealers still have a good number of 2017 models still left in stock.

The 2017 Challenger SXT currently features $4,250 in factory discounts. With the bonus, that's $5,250 in available cash. Alternatively, you can choose 0% APR for 36 months plus $4,250 cash.

When It Expires: The offer is set to expire October 9, so there's still time to buy after the show has ended.

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GMC Auto Show Discount

Offer Details: Since September 15, GMC has been offering up to $750 extra cash on some of its bestselling models.

All versions of the Sierra are eligible for $750, while a smaller bonus worth $500 is available on the 2017 Acadia, Acadia Limited and Terrain.

Good To Know: The promotion focuses exclusively on 2017 inventory, so you may be out of luck if you're looking for added savings on the all-new 2018 Terrain.

The 2017 Acadia currently features $1,500 cash when choosing an SLE or Denali model. With the bonus, that's $2,000 in savings. That said, we've seen better deals before, like when GM offered 17% Off MSRP.

When It Expires: This offer ends October 2.

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Jeep Auto Show Discount

Offer Details: Beginning today, Jeep is offering an extra $1,000 cash off the all-new Compass. Both the 2017 and 2018 models are eligible, including popular styles like the 4x4 Trailhawk.

Residents of the following counties are eligible: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Inyo and Kern.

Good To Know: The deal in question is for the all-new Compass that was redesigned earlier this year. Note that since the offer is through Chrysler Capital, you'll need to finance or lease in order to qualify.

In the case of the 2017 Compass, you can now get a total of $3,000 cash when factoring in the auto show bonus. That's the best deal we've seen to date in Southern California.

When It Expires: The offer expires October 9.

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Mazda Auto Show Discount

Offer Details: Beginning today, Mazda is offering an extra $500 off all new vehicles in the Southern California area.

Good To Know: Unlike other brands, the offer lists no exclusions. Even the popular CX-5 and MX-5 Miata are eligible, including the new Miata RF that practically features zero discounts.

The deal can be combined with other promotions, like this month's outstanding $199/month lease on the CX-5 Sport that ranks as one of the best leases at the moment on an SUV.

When It Expires: The offer expires October 2.

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RAM Auto Show Discount

Offer Details: Starting today, you can get an extra $1,000 off any 2017 RAM 1500 Crew Cab.

Residents of the following counties are eligible: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Inyo and Kern.

Good To Know: Although some dealers have started receiving the 2018 RAM 1500, there's still a ton of leftover inventory of the outgoing version.

The best deal at the moment is on the 2017 RAM 1500 Laramie with $5,750 factory cash. Together with the auto show bonus, that's $6,750 in potential savings.

When It Expires: The offer ends October 9.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst

Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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