Is now a good time to sell my car?
This increase in value doesn’t apply to every car, but it’s well worth getting a valuation and weighing up your options – which could include listing an advert for private sale.
The demand for cars can change. Sometimes the demand for new cars can be higher than used. At other times, demand for an SUV can be more than demand for a convertible. Finding the best month to sell your car can help you get a good price for it. But other factors, like the condition and mileage of the car can also affect the price you get for it. Let’s take a look.
Factors to consider if you want to sell your car:
Your car’s value starts depreciating the moment you get the keys. During the first nine to 12 months, the car depreciates the most, losing anywhere between 15% and 30% of its market value within the first year. Generally, you can expect to lose anything up to 50% of the car’s value in the first three years. New cars depreciate more than a used car, so you might want to consider holding on to your car for a while if it’s new, as it might not be the most profitable decision to sell your car within three years of buying it. With used cars, the car’s usually gone through its prime time of depreciation, so you don’t stand to lose quite as much money when you sell it – assuming you’ve kept it in good condition.
2. Overall condition of the car
Once your car needs constant repairs and fixes, and its interiors give away how old your car is, its resale value will fall. You may be able to get the value up by getting repairs made to your car but that could end up costing you more than the amount it’ll add to your car’s sale price. Some minor repairs might be worth to get your car ready to sell. Find out more if it’s worth carrying out minor repairs or not if you decide to sell your car.
Selling your car when it has completed anything between 40,000 to 70,000 miles is often considered the ideal. Once your car’s mileage hits six digits, its trade-in value will probably decrease further.
4. March and September plate changes
At this time, the main focus of buying and selling remains on new rather than used cars. Thus, it can be smart to avoid these time periods as the number of cars in stock is quite high.
During spring and summer, demand for convertibles increases due to the pleasant weather, along with demand for classic and sports cars. In autumn and winter, SUVs, off-roaders and 4x4s see a surge in demand. If you can wait and hit peak demand, you could stand to make a bit more money.
6. School holidays
7. Check existing finance has been paid off
However, if you were on a Hire Purchase or Personal Contract Purchase agreement and have officially cleared off all your payments (becoming the legal owner), you can consider selling it. Otherwise, you can consider ending the hire purchase agreement early.
8. Lifestyle changes
Maybe you wish to switch to electric cars, or you just don’t enjoy driving your car anymore or maybe you don’t enjoy driving at all and that can a good enough reason to sell your car. The best time to sell your car ultimately differs for everyone, depending on their personal circumstances.