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Why experts say it’s a good time to buy a used car

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Posted at 6:14 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 21:14:50-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - It’s a great time to buy a used car.

“These deals are once in a lifetime,” said Ivan Drury, a used car expert with Edmunds.

Amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, used car prices have been decreasing.

According to Bloomberg News, the average price of a used car fell 11.4% from March to April.

Drury predicts those prices could continue to fall, as desperate rental car companies start to offload unused inventory.

Hertz, which filed for bankruptcy on Friday, has a fleet of about 500,000 vehicles. It’s unclear what their plan is for them, but Drury suspects they will only keep enough to maintain a basic level of service.

“That influx of used vehicles will have a dramatic impact on price,” he said.

Adding to the supply of used cars, Drury predicts that some drivers who have leased cars will hold on to them for a few more months rather than trade them in. But in several months to a year, he expects that could lead to another flood of used vehicles.

“You kind of have a perfect storm for used car values to drop even further,” said Drury.