Should you keep, trade or sell your car?

By Kijiji Autos
Should you keep, swap or trade in your car

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Browsing for a new car? With online resources that give you the confidence you need to make the best choice for your budget and lifestyle, shopping for a car online has never been easier.

If you're looking for a new ride but don't know what to do with your current one, you typically have three options to consider: keep it, trade it in or sell it.

Here are some things to consider doing with your current car, courtesy of Kijiji Autos: 

Why you should (and shouldn't) keep your current car

Owning two cars can get expensive if you factor in the price of gas, insurance, parking and maintenance. If it's just you, or you're the only driver in the household, sitting on two cars is an unnecessary expense.

You can either lower the cost of a new car by trading it in or selling it privately.

Should you trade in your current car?

Trading in your car to a dealership is generally an efficient and cost-effective way to get rid of your current vehicle. 

Before you start speaking to a dealer, take a look at our dealer advice page for cost-saving tips.

How to trade in your car

If you're wondering "what's the trade-in value of my car?" you'll find out once you've had your car appraised. The car trade-in value is based on several factors, such as its age, condition, mileage and comparable sales.

Should you sell your car?

Your last option is to sell your car online. If you decide to sell your car privately, knowing the estimated trade-in value will help you set the right price that's fair to you and enticing for your customer. Here are some factors that will affect your asking price:

  • Age and mileage
  • Make, model and trim
  • Add-ons or special features
  • Needed repairs

Learn more about pricing your car for sale.

How to sell your car

The success of your sale depends on your car listing. The stronger the ad, the more likely you'll get an offer that's close to your asking price.

Here's how sellers on Kijiji Autos typically find car-selling success:

  • Take detailed, well-lit photos of your vehicle.
  • Write a descriptive and honest listing that includes all the details a buyer would want to know.

Find out more about selling your car like a pro.

Get started with Kijiji Autos

There's a lot you can do from the comfort and safety of your own home. We've made the car shopping process as easy as possible by providing resources to help you shop with confidence. Buy or sell your car with Kijiji Autos

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