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    • torncurtain
    • By torncurtain 12th Aug 18, 4:40 PM
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    Is there a 'best' time of year to buy a used car?
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    • 12th Aug 18, 4:40 PM
    Is there a 'best' time of year to buy a used car? 12th Aug 18 at 4:40 PM
    Just like with most things, there's usually a best time of year to catch some savings. Is there a best time of year to buy a used car? Such as maybe in the run-up to Christmas or in the New Year? People might want to sell their cars to fund holidays or because they've been gifted a new one.

    Figured I'd ask, and maybe someone might know.
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    • DUTR
    • By DUTR 12th Aug 18, 4:47 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 4:47 PM
    Just like with most things, there's usually a best time of year to catch some savings. Is there a best time of year to buy a used car? Such as maybe in the run-up to Christmas or in the New Year? People might want to sell their cars to fund holidays or because they've been gifted a new one.

    Figured I'd ask, and maybe someone might know.
    Originally posted by torncurtain
    People aren't often selling their cars because they are desperate for the money.
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    • By lincroft1710 12th Aug 18, 5:38 PM
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    At one time it was when the new registrations came out as dealers had a glut of trade ins.
    • torncurtain
    • By torncurtain 12th Aug 18, 5:52 PM
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    Really? I know of a few people who sold their vehicles for money. This was a few years back, I guess things have changed.
    • Herzlos
    • By Herzlos 12th Aug 18, 6:13 PM
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    It depends on the age and style of car. Nearly new values drop slightly with plate and model changes. Convertibles and sports cars dip after summer, 4x4's dip after winter.

    Older car prices tend to be a bit more stable.

    It's likely the desperate car seller will take it to a car buying place for same day cash.
    • DUTR
    • By DUTR 12th Aug 18, 6:20 PM
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    Really? I know of a few people who sold their vehicles for money. This was a few years back, I guess things have changed.
    Originally posted by torncurtain
    Everybody sells their car for money, all the cars I have sold were simply because I was getting a newer and different model car, I'd guess that's the case for the majority of private sellers.
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