The Best Time to Sell a Car

by Louise Balle

There are times when the demand for a car is higher than others. It could depend on season, events, or even changes that occur in your community. There is also a point in your car's life when you would do best to attempt to sell the car if you do plan to sell it or trade it in. If you wait to sell your car at these optimal times, you are more likely to get the price you want or higher.

The Winter and Summer Time

people waiting for bus

In times of extreme weather, prospective buyers will be more motivated to buy if they are tired of waiting for public transportation in hot or cold weather. This can be a selling point—your ad can say "No more icicles on your chin waiting for the bus!"

Public Transportation Price Hikes

train ticket in holder

A hike in public-transportation costs is an ideal time to put your car up for sale. Customers are looking for alternatives. That could be the time to persuade someone to buy your car.

Major Holidays

car with bow on it

Around the major holiday and gifting season, buyers are looking for a car to give to a loved one as a gift. Place your car ad around the end of November.

Graduation Season

young graduate

Your car might make a good gift for a graduating senior. Mention that your car is "great for grads" in your ad.

Before the Car Hits 100,000 Miles

car mileage counter

If you are planning to sell your car at some point in the future, do so before you hit the 100,000 mile mark. Car buyers will shy away from a car that has over 100,000 miles, even if it is in good running condition.

About the Author

Louise Balle has been writing Web articles since 2004, covering everything from business promotion to topics on beauty. Her work can be found on various websites. She has a small-business background and experience as a layout and graphics designer for Web and book projects.

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