Seniors Are Buying Luxury Cars from the American Brands They Grew Up With, According to TrueCar.com Top Six Brands Purchased by Seniors Were Domestics

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Demonstrating the powerful effect of brand loyalty, seniors in America, which TrueCar.com defines as age 65 and over, chose vehicles from brands they grew up with, according to a new study by TrueCar.com, the authority on new car pricing and trends. The study reviewed the purchasing behavior of more than 200,000 car buyers from 2009 and 2010.

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"Seniors are looking for a luxurious and comfortable vehicle from a brand they are familiar with and trust, and many seniors grew up with these iconic American luxury brands in their parents' garage," said Jesse Toprak, Vice President of Trends and Analysis at TrueCar.com.

TrueCar.com was able to compile a list of the top brands purchased by seniors in 2009 and 2010, by percentage of buyers.  Topping the list of brands were Buick, Lincoln and Cadillac.

The top brands for senior buyers in 2009 and 2010 were:


Top Brands for Senior Buyers

(Age 65 and Over) in 2009 and 2010

Rank

Brands

Percentage Senior Buyers

1

Buick

57.5%

2

Lincoln

47.7%

3

Cadillac

44.0%

4

Chrysler

36.1%

5

GMC

32.4%

6

Chevrolet

31.2%

7

Porsche

29.5%

8

Lexus

27.6%

9

Jaguar

26.5%

10

Hyundai

25.0%




"We are starting to see senior citizens branching toward non-domestic brands and into luxury and high-performance models by Porsche, BMW and Lexus, but the majority of purchases of American luxury automakers are still made by seniors," said Kristen Andersson, Automotive Analyst for TrueCar.com.

The top models for senior buyers in 2009 and 2010 and the current percentage discount from MSRP are:


Top Models for Senior Buyers (Age 65 and over) in 2009 and 2010 and Current Discount Percentage

Rank

Make/Model

Percentage of Senior Buyers

MSRP (Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price)

Average Paid*

Percentage Discount from MSRP**

1

Lincoln Town Car

89.6%

$  48,170

$  41,595

13.6%

2

Buick Lucerne

86.8%

$  30,495

$  27,558

9.6%

3

Cadillac DTS

84.8%

$  47,600

$  38,395

19.3%

4

Cadillac CTS Wagon

74.2%

$  39,340

$  35,051

10.9%

5

Cadillac STS

71.0%

$  48,155

$  39,148

18.7%

6

Hyundai Azera

64.7%

$  26,270

$  24,353

7.3%

7

Chevrolet Impala

61.3%

$  25,320

$  21,830

13.8%

8

Buick LaCrosse

58.9%

$  27,990

$  25,732

8.1%

9

Lincoln MKZ

53.8%

$  35,520

$  32,232

9.3%

10

Toyota Avalon

53.7%

$  33,955

$  31,362

7.6%




*Average paid is the estimated average transaction price of a vehicle after incentives.

** Percent Discount from MSRP is rounded to the nearest tenth

TrueCar.com's Best Local Price tool, provides shoppers the Lowest Certified Price, a "no-haggle" upfront price from nearly 5,000 participating dealers.

For more information on the top brands and models for senior buyers in 2009 and 2010, please visit blog.truecar.com.

About TrueCar, Inc.

TrueCar Inc. is an automotive solutions provider focused on changing how cars are sold by providing a significantly better customer experience while helping qualified dealer partners to gain incremental market share and reduce costs.  TrueCar.com is a transparent, visual publisher of new car transaction data.  TrueCar.com price reports help both dealers and consumers to agree on the parameters of a fair deal by providing an accurate, comprehensive and simple understanding of what others actually paid for the identically equipped new car over the last 30 days both locally and nationally.  TrueCar, Inc. works with a national network of nearly 5,000 Certified Dealers that provide up-front, no-haggle, competitive pricing to assist some of the nation's largest and most well respected membership and service organizations to meet the auto buying needs of their members and customers.  These partnerships include American Express, AAA, USAA and more than 60 others.  Collectively these audiences represent over 1M in-market customers each month.  TrueCar, Inc. is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA and has offices in San Francisco.  The company was founded in 2005 and has been profitable since 2009.  With nearly 200 percent year-over-year growth TrueCar has driven over 300,000 sales and is developing a suite of transaction oriented products and services centered on transparency and radical clarity as a result of comprehensively analyzing market data and information.

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About TrueCar Data

TrueCar obtains data directly from numerous sources including automotive dealers, technology companies, data aggregators, and analytics companies within the automotive space.   We also acquire vehicle configuration data, customer and dealer incentives data, financing and loan data, vehicle registration and insurance data, and much, much more.  TrueCar is insatiable about data with our goal to find 100% of all purchase transactions, even if that means finding the same transaction multiple times from multiple sources within the car-buying ecosystem.  Our data is among the most timely and comprehensive in the industry, as we are able to process most car sales within a week of the actual sales date, and have a substantial fraction on the site within 48 hours of the actual sale.  TrueCar believes the greater our informational accuracy, the greater benefit we provide to both dealers and consumers.

Disclaimer

This press release and the information contained herein is for noncommercial use on "as-is, as available" basis and may be used for informational purposes only.  TrueCar makes no representations or warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in this press release and the results of the use of such information, including but not limited to implied warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.  The information contained in this press release may include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors.  Neither TrueCar nor any of its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates or respective partners, officers, or directors, employees or agents shall be held liable for any damages, whether direct, incidental, indirect, special or consequential, including without limitation lost revenues or lost profits, arising from or in connection with your use or reliance on the information presented in this press release.

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