In this article, you’ll see some clear signs you should sell your car.
Why should you know this? Well, if you notice these signs on time you may well spare yourself from some serious car problems and immense future costs.
This alone should be reason enough.
Besides this, you can also see our video on the same topic, it’s at the end of this article or you can watch it on our YouTube channel.
SURE SIGNS YOU SHOULD SELL YOUR CAR
1. THE ENGINE BURNS TOO MUCH OIL
The first and perhaps most obvious sign that you should sell your car is that the engine starts burning too much oil.
The appearance of excessive oil consumption on an otherwise good engine is a sign that the inner engine parts (like the piston rings and perhaps cylinders ) are worn out and that the engine will soon demand some serious repair (like a complete or partial engine overhaul).
This is both very costly and often isn’t worth it depending on the car.
What is excessive oil consumption: to make a loose estimate: if your car burns a liter or 1 quart every 10000 kilometers or about 6000 miles then that’s tolerable.
Anything above that especially in the realm of over two liters or two quarts every 10000 km or 6000 miles is a sure sign you should sell the car.
To notice this sign, you have to know how to check the engine oil level. To see our article and video specifically on this topic click here.
2. APPEARANCE OF RUST ON THE CAR BODY
The next very sure sign is the appearance of rust.
Now, I’m not talking about serious rust that endangers the structural integrity of the car (the car would then be unsafe and fit only for the scrapyard) but surface rust.
The kind that appears on for instance the wheel arches, sills, the boot door, and else.
Yes, this can be due to scratches or minor impacts but it can also be a sign that the paint and anti-corrosive layer under it are giving in.
If this is the case, just like with the engine, you are in for some serious, visible, and costly repair.
For more information on rust also known as corrosion click here.
3. INCREASING MAINTENANCE COSTS
If your bills for fixing the car are higher every year, you should check the reason and perhaps consider selling the car.
Especially consider this if more expensive parts start to fail, like the AC compressor, alternator, starter, or even the dual mass flywheel.
On most cars, these tend to start failing, and this is a loose estimate at about 200000 kilometers or about 120000 miles.
Costly maintenance means less money for you in the long run and when selling the car.
For more information on dual mass flywheel problems and what happened to me, click here.
4. HIGH MILEAGE
All of these signs will usually be accompanied by a high number on the odometer.
Know that one of the first things people check out when buying a used car is the mileage.
Essentially, more mileage on the car means less money for you even if the car was well-maintained the whole time. This is just how things go.
In most cases, the sweet spot for selling would be around 200000 kilometers or 120000 miles, give or take 10000 to 20000 miles.
So, when you see a big number on the odometer, you should perhaps consider selling.
5. SPARE PARTS ARE HARD TO FIND
If you often encounter that most spare parts for your car are hard to find, then seriously consider selling.
Especially do this if more common and more frequently replaced parts are in question like various filters, hoses, valves, electronic parts, or else.
Needless to say, this problem can render your car useless.
It also means much more fuss and lost time to find the part not to mention that these parts tend to be much more expensive.
If you want to see how to buy car parts without making a mistake, click here to see our article and video on that topic.
6. POOR FUEL EFFICIENCY
When you see that your car starts consuming more fuel than usual, it may be a sure sign to sell your car.
Yes, it may be due to other things like the fuel intake, filter, sensors, or else.
But if all of these check out OK after an inspection and the higher consumption is accompanied by other signs mentioned here, it may well be because of the worn-down engine and its systems.
You’ll easily recognize this sign as fuel consumption easily goes up 30 or even 50 percent.
For more information on how to calculate the fuel consumption of your car click here.
7. THE INTERIOR STARTS LOOKING SHABBY
Another sign that you should sell your car is the condition of your car’s interior.
Scratches, tears, broken handles, or even missing parts on the interior are major factors in decreasing the car’s value.
These happen inevitably to some degree due to normal usage, but if you see that the interior is increasingly deteriorating consider selling.
Of course, a major part of keeping the car interior in top condition is cleaning. If you want to see our article and video on the same topic, click here.
8. THE CAR DOESN’T MEET YOUR NEEDS
One more sign that you should sell your car is that it doesn’t meet your needs anymore.
It may be too small or too big, it may be too slow or too fast, it may have a higher fuel consumption, or something else.
Whatever the case, the moment you see that your car doesn’t match most of your daily requirements, mostly in terms of transportation and your budget, give selling the car a thought.
9. THE VALUE OF THE CAR STARTS TO DECREASE
If you notice that the value of your car on the market is seriously decreasing or is going to in the near future, you should consider selling.
By not doing this you’re at risk of not only losing money (sometimes a hefty sum) but also an opportunity for selling the car altogether.
This goes double if you drive a car from a rare or unpopular brand on your market.
How to do this? One good way is to give the car ads and used car market an occasional glance. By following the trends you may well save or even earn some money.
10. A NEWER MODEL HAS ARRIVED
One more reason for selling may be that a new model has arrived on the market.
Who has the possibility to do this has a very valid reason especially if they haven’t driven the previous model they own into the ground.
If it’s still in good condition you may get a good price for it making the newer model much more affordable.
Not to mention the option of putting your car up for an old-for-new type arrangement at the dealership and maybe getting a better bargain.
We all know that newer models offer significant technical and safety improvements but also a lot of modern gizmos that nobody is immune to (think radar assistance, high-tech multimedia systems, and so on).
11. YOU’RE SIMPLY FED UP WITH THE CAR
This is one of the signs you should sell your car that may seem strange but is in fact pretty common.
People may simply get fed up with the car and just want to get rid of it.
The number one reason in most cases is a long and daunting history of malfunctions, expensive maintenance, and overall misery with the car.
Another reason is that you’ve driven your present car out of sheer necessity. Once you got the possibility of getting your dream car, you couldn’t wait to see it get out of the driveway.
Sometimes although your present car may have served you well, you may simply not like how it drives or handles and you simply want something else.
All in all surely a valid reason.
Fo the end of this article one more tip about the sure signs you should sell your car.
There is a saying in my country and not only for cars: sell while you have something to sell.
Time is a key factor when selling a car. The car’s condition and therefore value seriously deteriorates over time.
All of the mentioned signs in this article point exactly to that fact.
Pay attention to these signs and try to sell the car on time while it’s in good condition and there’s significant value in it.
If you do this, selling but also keeping your budget in good condition will be much easier.
Written by: Sibin Spasojevic
Former car technician, life-long car and DIY enthusiast, author for Despairrepair.com
SURE SIGNS YOU SHOULD SELL YOUR CAR AND SAVE SOME MONEY