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Is Your New Car Really The Newest Model?

Updated on June 8, 2012

What To Look For and Where To Look.

This panel indicates the month and year the vehicle was manufactured.  It is located on the drivers side door beam.  it indicates that this vehicle was manufactured on 6/11.
This panel indicates the month and year the vehicle was manufactured. It is located on the drivers side door beam. it indicates that this vehicle was manufactured on 6/11.
This is the dealers window invoice, it indicates that this vehicle is a 2012 model.
This is the dealers window invoice, it indicates that this vehicle is a 2012 model.
The MSRP on the top is what the vehicle is worth according to vehicle pricing guides.  the remaining price increases for "installed options" are the dealers mark up for this particular vehicle.
The MSRP on the top is what the vehicle is worth according to vehicle pricing guides. the remaining price increases for "installed options" are the dealers mark up for this particular vehicle.
This is the list of optional items included in the sale of this vehicle, the dealer claims they installed these items.   The base price for each van is different even though there is no difference in the body, engine, drive train, or basic options.
This is the list of optional items included in the sale of this vehicle, the dealer claims they installed these items. The base price for each van is different even though there is no difference in the body, engine, drive train, or basic options.
The total price ofr this vehicle is the price for a 2012 EX Model Sedona, the price for this vehicle was $32,900 for 2011 and it is virtually identical in every way to a Sedona manufactured in May of 2011.  This vehicle was termed a "Mid-Year Model.
The total price ofr this vehicle is the price for a 2012 EX Model Sedona, the price for this vehicle was $32,900 for 2011 and it is virtually identical in every way to a Sedona manufactured in May of 2011. This vehicle was termed a "Mid-Year Model.
The 2012 Kia Sedona includes Bluetooth technology as a STANDARD SAFETY option available on all models or trim packages.  It is not listed on this "2012" labeled Sedona, because it is a 2011 model.
The 2012 Kia Sedona includes Bluetooth technology as a STANDARD SAFETY option available on all models or trim packages. It is not listed on this "2012" labeled Sedona, because it is a 2011 model.

Paying This Years Price For Last Years Vehicle

Have you or someone you know ever purchased a new or used vehicle and found out that your vehicle is not as new as the dealer has lead you to believe? Everyday new and used car buyers are sold vehicles that are a model year older than the dealers documents say they are. Auto manufacturers produce mid model vehicles that have minor changes similar to the changes made on the upcoming model of that particular vehicle.

For instance, the KIA Sedona minivan has not had any exterior body changes in over four years. Tires and rims increased in size and the tail lights changed, the reverse light is now on the bottom instead of the top of the tail light, but these changes for the most part are the only changes to the exterior of the Sedona. For the 2012 model year (all six months of it), all trim packages of the Sedona received Bluetooth technology as a standard option. This new option is incorporated into the radio and any cell phone with Bluetooth connectivity can be utilized while driving a KIA Sedona. It is listed not as a convenience option, but as a safety device intended to allow drivers to use a cell phone without distraction or having to take both hands off of the steering wheel.

As with many vehicles, the 2012 KIA Sedona has a mid year model that has only the cosmetic exterior 2012 options. While it is a new vehicle, the entire vehicle and its options are not that of the true 2012 model. The manufacturer and the dealer are making a profit by selling a prior year model for the upcoming model year price. Consumers unaware that their vehicle is a mid model vehicle will be surprised when they sell or trade their vehicle in and they do not get the value of the vehicle for the purchased model year. They will get the value for the prior model year. Then the dealer will resell the vehicle as if it were the newer model year.

The simplest way to prevent this from happening is to simply look at the manufacturers plate on the drivers side door jam. The manufacturers plate will indicate the month and year the vehicle was manufactured. If you are okay with purchasing that particular vehicle, you can negotiate a better price simply because regardless of what the window sticker indicates, the data plate has the true manufacturing year stamped on it. If you wanted to have a vehicle that is actually a true current model, you can just ask to see a current model of that vehicle. There is nothing wrong with waiting to purchase a vehicle. Even if your dealer tries to convince you otherwise.

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