By Peter Valdes-Dapena | CNNMoney.com – Fri, Sep 2, 2011 1:33 PM EDT
Picking the right time to buy a new car can be tricky.
"The deals will get better later in the year," said Jesse Toprak, auto sales analyst with TrueCar.com. But the selection gets slimmer, too. You might not find a great price on exactly the car you want if you wait too long.
Labor Day weekend presents a good middle ground. Automakers are rolling out some of the best incentive programs so far and inventories, especially for non-Japanese brands, are relatively good.
Working with TrueCar.com auto pricing experts, we selected some of the best deals on good cars you'd really want to own. These incentives may vary from place to place or on specific vehicles and most of these deals are set to expire on September 6.
2011 Chrysler 300 MSRP: $27,170 - $31,170
Fuel Mileage: 18 City / 27 Highway
The Chrysler 300 is new and substantially improved for the 2011 model year. Besides the new exterior and nicer interior, the 2011 model is available with an improved 3.6-liter V6 and has better handling and ride quality.
With 2012 cars hitting dealerships, Chrysler is offering $2,000 rebates on 2011 models plus an additional $1,000 for owners of a competitors' vehicle. Also, you can get 0% financing for 36 months. To top it off, you can put off making payments for 90 days.
Fuel Mileage: 18 City / 28 Hwy
The all-wheel-drive A7, Audi's stylish new hatchback, is great looking, fantastic to drive and has loads of cargo space so it's surprising this new model would need any incentives at all to sell.
Nevertheless, Audi is offering 1.9% financing for 36 months and 2.9% for 60 months. Normally you don't see incentives like this on a brand new model, especially one that's been as well received as the A7.
2011 Buick LaCrosse
MSRP: $27,130 - $33,900
Fuel Mileage: 19 City / 30 Hwy
Buick is enjoying a surprising resurgence with sharp looking cars like the LaCrosse. As the end of the model year approaches, General Motors is offering 0% financing for up to 36 months on this sharp looking sedan and just 1.9% for up to 60 months. Alternately, Buick is offering a $1,500 rebate on the LaCrosse.
2011 Chrysler Town & Country
MSRP: $30,260 - $39,160
Fuel Mileage: 17 City / 25 Hwy
The new Town & Country minivan is better looking -- especially on the inside -- and nicer to drive than any previous version. Now, buyers can get a $2,000 on what has become quite a nice and still very practical van. And, owners of competing products can get an additional $1,000 even if they don't trade in the car. (Of course, if you do trade in the competing product, you get its full value plus $1,000.)
Also, Chrysler has a "No payments for 90 days" offer. It won't save you much money, but it will at least let you keep some in your pocket for a while longer.
2011 Jaguar XF
MSRP: $52,500 - $79,600
Fuel Mileage: 16 City / 23 Hwy
Jaguar used to be make staid, stodgy luxury sedans.
No more. The XF is a powerful, eye-catching performance car that feels best when driven fast. Now you can get an XF with a no-interest 60 month loan.
2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
MSRP: $21,235 - $42,160
Fuel Mileage: 13 City / 21 Hwy
Buyers of Crew Cab or Extended Cab trucks can get up to $6,500 in rebates.
Not bad for one of the most popular and consistently top-rated pickup trucks on the market.
Acura TSX Sport Wagon
Fuel Mileage: 22 City / 30 Hwy
The Acura TSX Wagon is quick and responsive, it gets good fuel economy and it can swallow more than 60 cubic feet of stuff. So here's proof that fun, practicality and efficiency really can car-share.
And now you can get a 0.9% 60-month loan, too.
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