When planning to sell a car that you've owned and operated previously, or when you make arrangements to purchase a previously owned vehicle, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with an average used car sale price list or other auto price list. This information can help to indicate the strength of various types of cars relative to others in the market. By looking at the best price auto sales results for a particular model of car, you can get a sense for a fair price to offer when selling your own vehicle, or when a deal that you see is reasonable or not.
There are a few things to keep in mind when looking at an average used car sale price list. The most important of these is that the prices listed there are only averages, not hard and fast guarantees. An individual dealer or seller may price his car significantly higher or lower than that average. Similarly, these average prices tell you nothing about the relative condition of a car; a severely damaged car typically sells for only a small fraction of the price of a comparable vehicle that is in excellent condition. That being said, read on for some of the average prices (by year) for a few of the most common models of cars in the United States.
The Honda Civic is one of the most popular cars in America. Average prices for Civics between 2007 and 2010 range in the mid teens, while older cars tend to range anywhere from about $8,000 to $13,000.
Because Honda Accords tend to retail for a larger amount of money than Civics when sold new, the used cars also tend to sell for a few hundred to a few thousand dollars more. Interestingly, models of Accord from the early 2000s tend to sell for about the same price as Civics from the same time. Otherwise, Accords from 2007 to 2010 typically sell in the range of $20,000 to $25,000, while slightly older vehicles sell in the mid teens.
Wranglers are very common vehicles, and recent models tend to sell in the mid $20,000 range. Models from between about 2004 to 2007 are typically priced between $15,000 and $20,000.
Explorers are essentially equivalent to Wranglers in their cost breakdown per year. Older Explorers (those dating back to 2002 and earlier) do often sell for a few thousand dollars less than Wranglers from the same year, and you may be able to find an Explorer from the early 2000s for less than $7,500.
It is important to note that the prices from this list are based upon vehicles in excellent or very good condition. If the vehicle that you're dealing with is in lower condition, consider subtracting the estimated repair costs off the total that you see in each category as listed above.