Trading In Your Gas-Guzzler

You know gas prices are soaring at the pump, but what you may not know is how much it now costs to trade in your gas guzzler for anything getting better mileage.


You know gas prices are soaring at the pump, but what you may not know is how much it now costs to trade in your gas guzzler for anything getting better mileage.

Say you’ve got a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer. If you bought it new, you might’ve paid around $25,000. But, according to Edmunds.com, sell it today and you might get $12,000… less than half of what you paid. Tips for unloading a gas-guzzling SUV

But, if you went out today and bought a used, 2005 Toyota Corolla with 58,000 miles on it, you might pay upwards of $13,500 (we found one dealer with that as a “no-haggle” price). In fact, that’s almost what the car cost to buy brand new, back in ’05. Dealer retail should be closer to $10,000.

So if you’re thinking of trading in your gas-guzzler now, you might want to wait for gas prices to drop a little first in order to recoup some of your vehicle’s value. On the other hand, if you’re looking to buy a a big SUV, now is a great time! Edmund’s True Cost to Own Calculator

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  • It is same all over. In UK if you look around you can buy a C-Class Merc or a 3-Series BMW for around half in two years or even less. Big cars are going out of fashion. This means that those who couldn’t afford to buy big cars can now see them in their reach in the used car range hence I am seeing more people with bigger cars. Though it won’t be long before they realise that to buy a cars is cheap keeping it is expensive.

  • It is same all over. In UK if you look around you can buy a C-Class Merc or a 3-Series BMW for around half in two years or even less. Big cars are going out of fashion. This means that those who couldn’t afford to buy big cars can now see them in their reach in the used car range hence I am seeing more people with bigger cars. Though it won’t be long before they realise that to buy a cars is cheap keeping it is expensive.

  • Mike C

    Yeah it’s almost cheaper to buy new than used these days. People are hanging on to their old cars longer so they don’t have the normal used car inventory. Gas Guzzlers will always be around in some capacity though until they mandate them out.

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  • Mike C

    Yeah it’s almost cheaper to buy new than used these days. People are hanging on to their old cars longer so they don’t have the normal used car inventory. Gas Guzzlers will always be around in some capacity though until they mandate them out.

    Used Car Parts

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Mike. People are hanging on to their used cars so it’s often cheaper to buy a new car these days. I went with a new Honda from http://www.truecar.com

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