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With the summer season winding down, car companies are eager to get keys into the hands of paying customers. That means there are plenty of great deals for buyers looking to save a few bucks on their next new car purchase.

Using data provided by TrueCar.com, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best automotive deals for October. We’ve noted the original MSRP, the average transaction price, and the total savings in dollars and as a percentage of the original sticker price. 

Basically, we’ve done all the hard work for you! So now, all you need do is compare deals, go on a few test drives, and maybe drive away in a great car (and an even better bargain).

Last updated October, 2018

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2018 Fiat 500e

MSRP $34,370

Average transaction: $26,414

Discount: $7,956

Percentage off MSRP: 23%

The Fiat 500e brings Italian styling and flair to the burgeoning electric vehicle market. If it's available in your area, you should also check to find what federal and local tax savings may be available.

Available in one well-equipped trim level, the 500e is powered by an 83kW electric motor with a single-speed transmission that provides a range of 84 miles.

The 500e will seat four passengers in a modern and artistic interior that pays homage to the original classic Cinquecento. Occupants are protected by seven airbags, active front head restraints, electronic stability and traction control and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Standard features include a navigation system, Bluetooth handsfree communication, a USB port and SiriusXM satellite radio. For 2018 a rearview camera is now standard. 

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2018 Chrysler 300

MSRP $40,069

Average transaction: $31,388

Discount: $8,681

Percentage off MSRP: 22%

The Chrysler 300 is an old-school American sedan, thanks to its rear-wheel-drive format and optional V8 engine. 

While the current 300 has been around for awhile now, it’s far from being a performance slouch, and the car’s broad-shouldered exterior design is aging nicely. A 3.6-liter V6 is standard, if you want better mileage. Big, comfortable, and subtly in-your-face, Chrysler’s full-size sedan has plenty of nostalgic appeal.

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2018 Kia Optima

MSRP $25,701

Average transaction: $20,229

Discount: $5,472

Percentage off MSRP: 21%

The Kia Optima is a five-seat, front-wheel-drive midsize sedan, placing it squarely in one of the most competitive car classes.

The optima offers the choice of three different powertrains. The LX, EX, and new S trims offer a 185-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The LX 1.6T comes with a 178-hp 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The SX Turbo comes with a 245-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Standard safety features include electronic stability control, traction control, 4-wheel disc ABS brakes, rear camera, front active headrests and seven airbags. Available features include Panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats and Nappa leather seating surfaces.

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2018 Ram 1500

MSRP $46,292

Average transaction: $36,849

Discount: $9,443

Percentage off MSRP: 20%

The Ram 1500 is all new for 2019, but the 2018 edition, which this discount applies to, is still a very nice truck. Its styling is distinctive, and most of the Ram models deliver a segment-best ride. A 3.6-liter V6 comes standard on all models. A 5.7-liter V8 Hemi is optional. All come with eight-speed automatic. 

Crew Cab versions are the most popular for their roomy back seats. Bed lengths range from 6-feet, 4-inches, or 5-feet, 7-inches on Crew Cab and Quad Cab models, to the full 8 feet with Regular Cabs. 

Interiors range widely by trim level. It's functional and comfortable on base models. Upper levels are outfitted in handsome fabrics and leathers with impressive attention to detail, making them very nice vehicles in which to spend time. 

The Ram 1500 lineup includes the SLT, Big Horn, Lone Star, Laramie, Outdoorsman, Sport and Limited.

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2018 Nissan Murano

MSRP $38,839

Average transaction: $31,542

Discount: $7,297

Percentage off MSRP: 19%

The Nissan Murano is a crossover that integrates function and high fashion. The third-generation Murano kicks it up many notches with its concept car-like styling, quality interior and advanced technology.

The Murano can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive, and is available in S, SV, SL or Platinum trim levels. The Murano features Nissan's 3.5-liter V6 engine, which generates 260 horsepower. The engine is mated to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).

Standard features for the Murano include 18-inch (20-inch on Platinum) alloy wheels, LED boomerang lights on the front, LED rear taillights, and dual zone automatic air conditioning. Standard safety equipment includes, vehicle traction and stability control, brake assist, six airbags, and front seat active head restraints. 

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2018 Dodge Grand Caravan

MSRP $30,614

Average transaction: $24,679

Discount: $5,935

Percentage off MSRP: 19%

The current, fifth-generation Dodge Grand Caravan has been around since the 2008 model year, freshened for 2011, with Stow ‘n' Go seats improved for 2013. For the 2018 model year, little has changed.

Threatened with extinction, especially after Chrysler launched its far more modern Pacifica minivan for 2017, the Grand Caravan continues to hang onto a tradition-minded corner of the minivan market. While undeniably an old-timer, this minivan is helped by a strong V6 engine, spacious interior, and versatile Stow ‘n Go seating.

Value-focused pricing also helps it appeal to budget-minded families. Dodge offers four trim levels: SE, SE Plus, SXT, and GT.

Beneath its stubby hood, the familiar 3.6-liter V6 engine develops 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is not available.

Minivans are well-known for their flexibility, and the Grand Caravan is no exception. In addition to standard seven-passenger seating, it provides an appealing array of storage possibilities.

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2018 Jaguar XF

MSRP $58,223

Average transaction: $48,036

Discount: $10,187

Percentage off MSRP: 17.5%

2018 Jaguar XF sedans offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, in addition to a supercharged V6 and a 2.0-liter diesel engine. Jaguar's sleek midsize luxury sedan entered its second generation for the 2016 model year.

The gorgeous XF Sportbrake wagon joined the U.S. lineup mid-2017 and comes with the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that makes 380 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Sportbrake wagons come only with all-wheel drive.

Jaguar XF sedans are available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The newly available 2.0-liter 25t four-cylinder engine produces 247 horsepower; the 2.0-liter 30t delivers 296 horsepower. Jaguar's 2.0-liter diesel four generates 180 horsepower. Each engine mates with an 8-speed automatic transmission that includes paddle shifters.

XF sedans feature a lightweight, fully independent suspension. Sportbrake wagons incorporate a set of air springs.

We found the XF has communicative steering, excellent transmission shifts, and a highly composed ride. Strong V6 power and taut, supple handling combine to provide thoroughbred sports sedan dynamics in the XF S. Acceleration to 60 mph takes about 5.0 seconds (5.3 seconds in the Sportbrake). A rear-wheel-drive XF with the 2.0-liter 25t engine can reach 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, which is very quick performance.

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