America’s Hard to Obtain Vehicles

In order to get the “Hard to Obtain Vehicle” list Yahoo got data from Wards Auto, which is an automotive data and analysis firm.  They took the average day supply rates of the 2010 models from March to May in order to get the average of how quickly these cars leave the lot.  Then they talked with the manufacturers to get an understanding of which cars people usually wait around for in order to buy.  

This list did not include luxury, exotic, car models from discontinued brands, trucks or SUVs.  This way the cars on the list are affected by different sales factors and are usually produced in smaller quantities with short day-supply rates.

The month of May was a better month for BMW because it reported 22,092 cars sold.  The German automakers sales went up about 5% over the same time last year.  In contrast this year was an almost 4% decline year to date from the last.  BMW says that they expect the new 5-series will have a strong Q3 and Q4.  So it might be difficult to get one of these 5 series sedans averaging $49,600.  So it is no wonder it is a part of the “Hard to Obtain Vehicles” list.

There are many Audi models on the list.  The Audi A5 really shined last month when it shattered its sales records.  In the month of May the A5/S5 model sold about 1,757 vehicles which was a year over year increase of 145%.

Imports tend to rank higher because of the different business model used by domestic and foreign brands.  Foreign brands are known to keep their supply lines tight in order to make it hard for dealers to discount the vehicles. 

America’s Hard to Obtain Vehicles

  • Audi S4
  • Audi S6
  • Volkswagen Golf/GTI
  • BMW 5-Series, 7-Series
  • Dodge Charger
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Lincoln Town Car
  • Audi A5
  • Audi R8
  • Honda Fit

Do you agree with this list?

To learn more about the list on Yahoo Autos, please click here.

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