Ford is one of the stars of Consumer Reports' 2011 Car Brand Perception Survey, praised for consistently offering drivers quality, reliability and value. The latter trait may be especially important for consumers with bad credit history who need a car but worry about their ability to afford a quality product. The agency has compiled a list of deals that drivers can have on various affordable Ford models if they start to stop around in the next few months.
The 2011 Focus sedan, one of the automaker's most popular inexpensive models, has an MSRP of $18,870, but consumers who shop around before April may be able to get as much as 19 percent savings below this figure. The 2011 Fusion may also be acquired at a steep discount of 14 percent below MSRP in the next few months.
To improve their chances of getting a deal on sale price at the dealership, drivers may want to get pre-approved for a bad credit auto loan before sitting down at the negotiating table. Having car financing secured gives drivers the advantage of bargaining from the strong position of a cash buyer, and may allow them to attain significant discounts at the dealership.