When to Buy and When to Sell Your Car


Owning a car is an effort of timing, judgment, and value identification. Most people aren’t expert mechanics, so they have to rely on secondary analysis and their own educated guesses when it comes to evaluating the value of a car. We make value judgments about cars at all points in the ownership process: when we’re thinking about buying the car, when we think about performing repairs and maintenance, and when we decide to sell or trade in the vehicle.

Buy A Car
Buy A Car

Choosing the right time to do each of these will be the difference in saving and losing money. If you’re buying a vehicle, there is always money available through programs like Title Loans Cleveland. But just because a loan is always available doesn’t mean that now is the perfect time to buy.

When to Buy

Of course, people should buy a car when they can afford to do so. There is more than one way to evaluate this problem. One consideration is how much money you have to use as a down payment. This will have some bearing on how much you pay in interest and fees during the lifespan of your loan. You should also consider how much money you will be paying monthly. If this loan, as well as the rest of your debts, total more than 40% of your income, you probably can’t afford the car, at least without great effort.

You should also determine what kind of vehicle is best for you to buy. Should you buy a brand new car and enjoy the warranty and “Brand newness” of the thing? Should you buy something old and cheap, and just hope that it doesn’t break down? It all depends on how much maintenance you can afford to do on your vehicle, and how much you want to resell or trade it in for down the road. If you plan to trade in quickly, perhaps once a year, a new can be somewhat economical, but if you own it for more than a few years, it will lose a huge bit of its value.

Sell or Trade Vehicle
Sell or Trade Vehicle

When to Sell or Trade In

As already stated, if you love new cars, you should trade them in often. This way they will lose on a portion of their value, and you will be getting a steep discount on the new vehicle. Of course, you’ll still be paying a premium for a new car, every single year.

For older cars, depreciation is an important consideration. You can save a lot of money by buying a newish vehicle that still retains much of its value, but whose depreciation has slowed. Some people may wish to hang onto a vehicle for as long as it runs, while others will find that it is more valuable to them to sell or trade it in while it still retains much of its purchase price.

By making these decisions well, you’ll save money and have a reliable vehicle. Making these decisions haphazardly could result in missed opportunities. So don’t be hasty in your buying and selling. These are the times to look for a deal!