Q: When should I sell my car

asked by on February 28, 2017

When should I sell my car

My car has 100000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

If you perform your own repairs, or can obtain repairs at a "reasonable" cost, the answer is never if your objective is to minimize your total cost of transportation services. The economically useful life of a motor vehicle only ends when the FRAME of the vehicle is no longer usable, which typically occurs when rust proceeds to a point where the structural integrity of the frame is compromised. Prior to that point every single component of a motor vehicle is eminently repairable or replaceable, endlessly. If you do not perform your own repairs, or cannot obtain competent services at a rational cost (shop repairs are often NEITHER competent nor rational in cost, hence the omnispresent interest of everyone in "new" cars or "new" used cars), then the calculation becomes somewhat more complicated and has to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis but the calculation can still be done, with great potential benefit to the vehicle owner. If you have a particular mechanical problem of interest, or are trying to figure out what to do with a presently owned vehicle, by all means let us know of the particulars.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

Having problems removing the long bolt in bottom of alternator. I took off the nut and tapped it out til it hit inner fender. 2007 Hyundai Elantra

Hi there. In order to get that bolt out the engine will need to be lifted in order to get clearance. If you do not lift it then it will not come out. You should get some help from a...

Engine oil level warning showing up

As for the Oil Pressure Light, the oil pressure is measured by a sensor that is called the oil pressure sending unit. This sensor threads into the engine block and is exposed to oil on the side that is threaded...

Hard throttle bucking

If the split seal on the air intake is after the MAF (Mass Airflow Sensor), it will cause this problem. When you give the motor a lot of throttle, a much larger amount begins to flow into the motor. This...

Truck idles, but then dies

Hello. If it starts and runs fine when you adjust the timing and then turns off right after you accelerate then the timing may be changing right then. It may be a distributor problem, or more commonly, a failing timing...

Steering wheel is stiff

Hi there. Typically when your steering wheel feels stiff, it's an indication of two different possible issues. First, that you have a power steering fluid leak and the system is low on fluid or second, that there is an issue...

Car acting strange

Hi there. When you feel vibrations in multiple driving conditions, it's typically an indication of worn out motor mounts or a vacuum leak somewhere in the engine compartment. The best way to have this issue correctly diagnosed is to have...

What can be the problem when the car sometimes make this clicking noise when making a turn?

Hello. If the noise only occurs when turning, it is typically caused by a failing CV axle. When one of the joints on the axle fails, it will start to make the noise you are hearing. I typically get the...

Why does my car give a kick back?

Hi there. The most common thing that I have seen that causes this on your vehicle is a bad engine mount. When one of these fails the engine can move when it is started or when shifting gears. When this...

What type of headlights do I have?

Your vehicle was available with both halogen headlights or optional HID headlights. The HID headlights bulbs will have a small metal "box" at the rear of the bulb, which is the "igniter" for the bulb. Halogen bulbs will not have...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Toyota RAV4
While While the Honda CR-V might have been the pioneer of the compact SUV market, there’s no question that the 2012 Toyota RAV4 is king of the class. Not only does the RAV4 come with your choice of either a...
2012 Toyota Prius vs. 2012 Chevrolet Volt: Which One Should I Buy?
While these two vehicles are both certainly cost-effective to drive, they can be difficult to compare due to the Prius’ entry in the mid-size category and the Volt living squarely in the compact car category. Both of these vehicles are...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a Teacher
If If you are a teacher, probably foremost on your mind is getting to school on time. You would also probably like a used car that is easy on gas and not terribly expensive, and will hold your gym gear...