Car Brands That Are Making Buying a Car Worth Your While During the Pandemic

The coronavirus crisis has forced automakers to get crafty with car sales, and incentives like low financing rates and deferred payment options are luring customers into car lots — even if they’re not actually entering the dealership. In fact, many car companies are making it easy for buyers to shop online, make a purchase and receive their new vehicle without ever leaving their homes.

Here’s a look at what every major automaker is doing to tempt new buyers. However, it’s important to note that you have to read the small print. Restrictions often apply, many offers are available only through participating dealers and most deals are only good for well-qualified buyers who get loans through the automaker’s financing arm. But one thing is for sure with all these new offers, the auto industry is changing.

Last updated: July 3, 2020

Acura

Acura is extending a 90-day payment deferral program for

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Is Now the Right Time to Buy a Car?

By the time the coronavirus was sweeping the nation, Ali Jian, 42, a consultant in northern Virginia, already knew he wanted to replace his 2014 Subaru Forester with something bigger for his growing family. He decided on a new minivan but held off buying because dealers wouldn’t budge much on price.

But the pandemic forced many dealerships to close in March and April, and auto sales plummeted. The glut of inventory from the slowdown in sales led to deals and incentives, including 0 percent financing, deferred payments, and big discounts.

Jian decided this past spring was the time to buy. He focused on a 2020 Honda Odyssey he found through Costco’s car buying service, which gave him access to a nationwide network of more than 3,000 dealers. Costco offered a guaranteed price that was more than $6,000 below the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP), and connected him with a local

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Specialized Sirrus Stop Ride

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Specialized Sirrus Stop Ride

Following the recent Specialized Sirrus stop-ride notice, the American brand has released its next-step instructions for owners, announcing an official recall to the affected models. 

In a letter from Jon Goulet, Director of Quality, Specialized announced that it is “conducting a voluntary recall of these bikes so that we can reinstall the cranks correctly and make sure they are safe to ride.”

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This means that owners will need to take their Sirrus or Sirrus X bike to an authorised Specialized retailer – at no cost – in order to have the repair carried out. The letter goes on to

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BMW could make features like heated seats, adaptive cruise into subscription-based add-ons

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BMW just announced a couple different tech initiatives. One is a software update for iDrive 7.0 that will be sent out wirelessly to BMWs equipped with that infotainment software. The second is an expansion of its ConnectedDrive Store, and it’s this second announcement that will likely draw criticism from future BMW buyers.

Why, you ask? Well, we’re sure you all remember the Apple CarPlay subscription method debacle. For a couple years, BMW forced buyers to pay a continuous fee for access to Apple CarPlay in its vehicles, whereas every other car company either made it free or charged upfront like a regular option on a car. BMW has since ended this subscription program and made Apple CarPlay standard on every new car, mostly because everybody yelled loudly enough about it. 

This same model is making a return, but instead of CarPlay, BMW has announced its

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