I already bought a car (with no trade-in), so I am not trying to decide what to do. But I started thinking about what he said and it made me wonder if the sales tax savings on a trade-in is something that buyers should consider.
For example, here are 2 different scenarios:
1) I buy a car for $20,000 and get $15,000 for a trade-in. So, my sales tax on the transaction would be 7% of $5,000 or $350.
2) I buy a car for $20,000 but sell my car privately for $16,000 (instead of taking $15,000 for it as a trade-in). My sales tax on the transaction would be 7% of the $20,000 purchase price or $1,400.
According to scenario 2, even though I got $1,000 more for my car by selling it privately rather than trading it in, the whole transaction would actually cost me $50 more than scenario 1 due to the higher sales tax I would have to pay.
In other words, in order for me to benefit by selling my car privately versus trading it in, the private sale price would have to be at least 7% higher the trade-in allowance.
Is that correct?