One of the questions that the car buying and leasing experts at Cartelligent are asked most often, is “Should I buy a new car now or wait until 2023?”

It’s not much a secret that inventories of new cars, trucks, and SUVs are stretched to their limits. The recent microchip shortage only exacerbated a problem that was already bad on a global scale. Problems with transportation; shipping and logistics all caused the price that consumers pay for a new car to grow slowly higher over the last few years.

It is more difficult than ever to find the car you want at the price you prefer, but our team of car buying and leasing experts is here to help guide you through the current chaos to find a solution that works for you.

A recent report states that since 2018, the average price for a new car has risen significantly:

The average cost of a new car purchase has jumped from just $39,000 in 2020 to more than $48,000 this year, according to Kelley Blue Book historic data.

The price of new cars and trucks had been rather steady in recent years but jumped by 11.4 percent in 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Prices for used vehicles increased by 7.1 percent.

That’s set an unfortunate record: For the first time, consumers paid more than $48,000 on average for a new car.

Monthly CPI for Cars and Trucks

At Cartelligent, our team is continuing to find solutions for clients who are looking to buy or lease a new car, truck, or SUV. For clients who are able to wait a few months, the best answer may be to place a special order now and wait for it to arrive.

There are many advantages to special ordering a car–it gets you a great price, and it gets you exactly what you want without paying for any additional features you didn’t want.

If you want to get a great price on exactly what you want, ordering is by far a better option than waiting for inventory levels to normalize and hoping for the best.

Cartelligent’s expert local advisers will help you order the right car, SUV, or truck to fit your lifestyle, with exactly the options you want. We will let you know the lead time to expect and can get you a great deal.

Cartelligent is an online new car buying and leasing service serving customers all over California. Since 2000, we have helped our customers get a great price on the vehicle they want and provided the best possible buying and leasing experience. Our local advisers are ready to help you select the right car, SUV, or truck for your needs.