I’m looking to put my car up on AutoTrader and I was wondering if anyone knew on average how long a used car takes to sell on those websites? Could I expect a buy in under two months?


5 Responses to “Assuming a reasonable listing, how long does a used car take to sell after the initial listing?”

  1. bikerboy756 on July 22nd, 2011 11:55 pm

    That’s hard to answer it really depends on the market you will be advertising in, as well as the car you’re advertising. Here at my dealership most cars last no more then two months so it would be safe to assume you will be able to turn it in two months or less. Factor in people will make offers etc, you will probably get tired of waiting so you will except one of them.

  2. UCANTCME on July 25th, 2011 1:05 am

    That’s hard to predict, there are so many variables – is it a popular car; how many other cars like it are for sale; how many folks are buying.

  3. sn00p on July 25th, 2011 2:34 pm

    look on auto trader yourself…. how’s yours compare to the other listings? priced higher? then it won’t sell as quick… priced lower? it will likely sell sooner than the others

  4. EL "W" on July 28th, 2011 8:40 pm

    I agree with bikerboy, It depends on the region, the market,how bad you need the money and the car. If you are selling say a 2003 Toyota Camry there are a million of them in the market so you will have to be priced VERY aggressively in order to move it. On the Other hand If you were selling a 2003 BMW M3 SMG in laguna seca blue there aren’t many of them out there so you’ll be able to control the profit you make a little more. The car market is going to get cold soon so I’d try to sell it quick. The longer you wait the less you’ll get.

  5. Jasmine on July 29th, 2011 9:44 am

    It would depend on how much your car is in demand.

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