2018 392 / 6 Speed
The best time is when you are ready. But follow along with me for a minute. Cars are a depreciating asset, so typically they do not go up in value, but in the last 3-5 months almost everything has increased in value. However, the reason they have is because new cars are both scarce, and bringing price premiums. Basically ours cost more, but so do yours. When the new car market stabilizes, the values of used cars will tank.So maybe I should wait as I don't have to buy a new car right now. I just thought it was a good time since trade in values were so high. Just makes me wonder why these guys say they will sell you one with a certain discount and then do not show much interest in actually ordering it. Maybe one will eventually pop up at a dealership with the options I want at some point. I'm not holding my breath though. Another one just came up fairly close in my 2nd favorite color with everything but the carbon package. I hate to settle even on something fairly minor for a car that costs this much though.
The problem you have, as I see it, is that you want both the big discounts and incentives from last year, and you want the used car premium from today. If you buy now you pay a premium, but can expect a premium on your trade as well. If you wait you will get discounts and incentives, but the premium on your old car will be gone. There is next to no difference between these 2 scenarios, so just step up and get the car you want. I did in May for my SRT, and traded my wife out her lease 1 year early and upgraded her to a nicer Camry as well.