Car commercials have a very specific flavor during the holiday season. They range from humorous to overly sentimental, but they often involve the advertised car sitting in someone’s driveway with a comically large, red, tightly wrapped bow on the hood or roof. It’s the universal symbol for “This car will be on sale this holiday season, so why not surprise a loved one with a brand new car?” Well for most of us, this is a very unrealistic scenario.
I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who was willing and able to purchase a car for someone else without their knowledge, explicit permission, and opinion about that car. We recommend that the person receiving the car be involved in researching, choosing, and test driving any car they will own, even if it’s a gift. There are loads of great cars out there now, and a buying decision could simply come down to personal preference and feel.
Around the holidays can be a great time of year to purchase a car. This is when newer models are pushing the previous model year off the lot, so dealers can be more flexible selling the outgoing model year. That fact, coupled with dealers pushing for end-of-month and end-of-year sales numbers, give you a better chance at getting a great deal. As always, you should do your due diligence when shopping for a car: Be sure to research what you’re interested in, and bring your mobile device with you to dealer lots to ensure you get the best holiday deal possible on your very generous gift (even if it’s for you).
But in case you aren’t prepared to drop $20,000 (or more) on a brand-new car to surprise a loved one, we have plenty of car-related gift suggestions that can be practical and a lot of fun. Whether you’re gifting a daily commuter or a car enthusiast, they will surely appreciate what these gifts have to offer.
What car-related gift would you most like to receive this holiday?
Shopping for a car this weekend?
Bring along CarGurus’ mobile app to help check prices, find good deals, and research cars on your smartphone.