The used vehicle market is doing well these days and prices of used cars have reached their record highs. In fact, there are car dealers looking for the used cars that they could resell at a high price.
With prices of used vehicles at its peak these days, it might benefit you to trade in the old car you no longer find interesting to use. There are a lot of consumers wanting to own old vehicles and are willing to pay a high price for it. As long as it's still in good running condition and is fuel efficient, you have every chance to gain from trading it in. This is possible particularly after the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) increased the values of small and medium sized cars last June.
One of the reasons why the used cars are in demand nowadays is due to the shortage of the popular Japanese vehicles. The low number of new Japan-made cars resulted from the major earthquake that hit the country as well as from the global financial crisis.
Among the used cars, the price difference from their previous rates is pegged at more than a thousand dollars to $6,000. As an example, the NADA used car guide showed an almost $2,000 difference from the price of a one-year-old Honda Civic while the price difference for a three-year-old Toyota Prius was more than $6,000.
Although not all old vehicles are up in their prices, majority have higher trade-in values. The large SUVs are up nearly five percent while the cost of mid-size luxury cars is up six percent. Compared to the brand new vehicles, the values for late-model used cars are higher.
Experts also pointed out that for consumers who have gas efficient old cars, they can trade in their vehicles at a higher price. They also added that vehicle owners still leasing a car but are about to complete their term may be interested to consider trading in their vehicle. What they recommended, however, is owners determine first the residual value of the car and compare it with the trade-in value. It pays to know what you're getting before you turn over the keys to the dealer.
With leased cars, owners may need to exert more effort. An important step to take is to look into the market value of their vehicle by using online sites such as the NADA, KBB.com, Edmund.com, eBay and Cars.com. Then once you find out the information, you will have to put your negotiating skills to work in order to get a higher value from the dealer.
On the part of the car dealers, they will need to buy the leased vehicle from the leasing firm before they can resell it. They may also have to pay some sales tax but there's always an opportunity to profit from selling the leased car.
So if your car has served you well for the past few years and you may want to upgrade to a better one or a bigger vehicle, trading in may be the best option that could earn you profits.