Now Could Be the Best Time to Buy a Buick

If you don’t mind being seen driving a Buick, it could be a great time to buy one. The new car market has been plagued with inventory shortages for the past couple of years. However, there’s a large supply of Buick vehicles across the nation, which could mean big cost savings if you want to buy one.

There is a 121-day supply of Buick vehicles at dealerships

As of November 2022, there was a reported 121-day supply of Buick vehicles in dealer inventories across the nation. For reference, a 60-day supply of cars was considered optimal before the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Everyman Driver, Toyota currently has less than a 30-day supply, so it’s easy to see how buying a Buick could be advantageous right now.

GM Authority reports that Buick dealers are currently stocking a sufficient amount of Enclave, Encore, Encore GX, and Envision models at this time.

New car inventories are on an uptick across the board

Car shoppers roaming Ford and Cadillac car sales dealerships in Colma, California
Shoppers roaming Ford and Cadillac car dealerships | David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

According to a report from Cox Automotive, dealer inventories across the nation are on an uptick. In fact, they were up by 81% on November 22 as compared to the same time a year prior. However, despite the current upturn, it’s worth noting that the dealer inventories are still at a historical low as compared to pre-pandemic rates when an 86-day supply was the norm.

As we all know, an ample supply equates to more significant savings when buying a new car. Just don’t expect the same type of discounts that you could get before the pandemic – unless you plan to buy a Buick.

Buick resale values are low

A 2022 Buick Enclave front end, which is one that has the most shoulder room for taller drivers.
2022 Buick Enclave | Creative Commons

If you do plan to buy a Buick, it’s essential to know that the American brand has among the worst resale values in the industry. The folks at Car Edge put together a list of the “Worst Brands for Resale Value After 5 Years” and listed Buick at the top spot. According to the publication, Buick vehicles hold an average of 73.74% of their original values after the first five years of ownership.

The depreciation varies from model to model. For example, the Buick Enclave’s value depreciates by a little over $25,000 after the first five years – or 61% of its initial value. The Buick Encore depreciates by 35% over five years, and the Buick Envision slots in the middle with a 63.15% depreciation value after five years.

Are Buicks good cars?

A 2023 Buick Encore, one of the SUVs being discontinued in the coming years parked outdoors.
2023 Buick Encore | Creative Commons

Yes. Buick’s lineup consists of six different SUVs and crossovers. According to Consumer Reports 2022 rankings, Buick is above average when it comes to reliability. J.D. Power also ranked Buick in the No. 2 spot in its 2022 dependability study. This means that drivers experienced fewer issues with their Buick vehicles in the first few years of ownership.

The Buick Encore has not received any recalls, the Envision only has one, and the Enclave has two as of 2022. That’s consistently low across the lineup, and it also means that the American brand beat out plenty of other automakers in the rankings.

If you’re looking for a near-luxury SUV or crossover and don’t care about the badging up front, it could be a great time to buy a Buick.