GM offering better deals on pickups to thin its inventory image

General Motors is offering generous deals on its 2012 and 2013 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. The carmaker is doing this to thin the stock.

According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, GM offers up to $9,000 off remaining 2012 models and near $4,500 off its 2013 models in stock. This is good news for consumers who plan to buy a pickup truck, with low interest rates, good lease deals and available financing also playing in their favor.

In November, the Ram brand offered the largest discounts, at an average of $4,800, followed by GMC and Ford at $3,700, according to data from J.D. Power and Associates. GM dropped incentives on the Silverado to an average of just below $3,700. In December, dealers say GM has boosted its offers, while competitors have either maintained or raised incentives on some models.

The report says the incentives vary from $4,500 to around $5,000, although discounts are different depending on model year and options on the trucks. There are some good deals on both the Ford F-Series pickup, the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. and the Chevrolet Silverado, which ranks second. Together, Ford, GM and Chrysler control 83 percent of America’s full-size pickup truck market.

At the end of November, Chevrolet dealers had more than 169,000 Silverados nationwide, or a 138-day supply, according to Ward’s AutoInfoBank. Ford had a 90-day supply of F-150s, and Chrysler had a 106-day supply of Rams.