Have you been waiting for the best time to buy your new car? Consider picking one up this Fall season.

While every month of the year has its unique advantages for car buyers, Fall is great for frugal buyers who still want a great car. For starters, dealerships are preparing their lots for the upcoming model year of vehicles. Since they can’t have cars from the past model year sitting around in the new year, you’ll be able to get pretty deep discounts if you offer to take one off their hands.

Your salesperson will be happy to have your business, you’ll be happy to get a great deal, and the families of everyone involved will probably be happy too. Everyone wins!

Now, technically speaking, discounts on these vehicles will continue into December. And it’s possible that you could get a deeper discount if you decide to wait until then. But here’s the thing: you have to think of these deals like a clearance sale, since… well, that’s kind of what they are. Once a car from the older model year is sold, it won’t be replaced until the new model year arrives. Waiting until December means you’ll be looking at the remaining vehicles that no one else bought. You can still get a great car this way, of course, but your selection will be a bit sparse.

This is why Fall is a great sweet spot to buy a car. It’s late enough into the year that cars need to be moved off the lot, but not so late that you can’t still pick and choose a car with the perfect set of features. Remember, a vehicle is a major investment that you’ll be using for years. You’ll really appreciate having a vehicle with exactly the features you want as you’re in your second or third year of driving it.

Fall generally has some sweet sales events going on that should pique your interest too. Expect to see lots of car commercials around Labor Day, and expect to see even more car commercials around Black Friday. These are just a few examples, because your local dealership could easily have even more sales events before the season’s over.

There’s a lot of opportunity to strike automotive gold this season, but the best thing to do is to get in touch with your car salesperson. Even if you want to wait for those perfect discounts before you buy a vehicle, your salesperson will be able to give you advance notice of any upcoming deals and specials in the pipeline. Again, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.

Armed with this knowledge, you should be able to score a great new car for cheap with enough time to go leaf peeping too. Just make sure to crank up that heat as you get closer and closer to the winter months. Once the weather gets really nasty, you’ll be happy to have a comfortable ride.