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5 Reasons To Trade Your Older Honda Civic On An Improved New-Generation Model

The 2019 Honda Civic is a hot model and you want one. Do your homework and get the most from your older Civic.


If you have a 2015 Honda Civic and older, you might be thinking about getting a 2019 Civic to replace it. The new Honda Civic is the top-selling compact car in America and for good reason. The Civic has a long-standing reputation for being a top-selling compact car, and since its complete redesign for the 2016 model year, it gets even better.

Honda Civic is one of the most customizable small cars available, and it’s offered in three styles (sedan, hatchback, and coupe), and many of its styles are available in five additional trim levels. You could also opt for the new performance-tuned Civic Type R.

How much is your Civic worth?

You can find what your Civic trade-in value is by doing some research on a website like Click on “Get Trade-In Value” and fill in your information. That’ll give you a guess as to what it’s worth if you trade it in on a new 2019 Civic. Make sure you also look at the “trade-in value” vs. “private sale value.” You can get approximately 15-20 percent more for your Civic by selling it yourself. If you are not afraid to sell it yourself, it could put extra cash in your pocket.

2019 Honda Civic

If you do sell it yourself, the best way to find out what your Civic is worth is to see what similar cars are selling for in the real world. Look at Craigslist, and type in the exact year and model Civic you own and research what owners are selling their cars for. Look for Civics with mileage similar to yours.

Check dealer pricing

Next, check out used Civics at You will find many ads from dealers here and you can see what they are charging for a Civic like yours and what your competition is. Since many buyers shop online first, if they see a similar Civic selling for $17,000 from a dealer, and yours for $15,500, it’ll be a better deal for buyers.

2019 Honda Civic

Dealers will tell you what they will give you for your car on trade-in if you take your car in, but they will also pressure to buy that new 2019 Honda Civic from them today. So be prepared to walk away if you want to sell it on your own.

Why you want the new-gen Civic

2019 Honda Civic

The tenth-generation 2019 Honda Civic is a major leap forward compared to your previous-generation model. It offers a larger, more upscale interior, more equipment, more safety features, better fuel economy and totally revised styling inside and out. Do your homework and get the most from your older Civic.

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Digitaldoc (not verified)    June 29, 2019 - 5:20PM

A nice sedan, with a fatal flaw- the 1.5 turbo engine, and the ongoing oil gas dilution issue that Honda can't fix. I would not even test drive it with concern about the engine as I like to keep my cars, and not just lease and dump.

doug (not verified)    August 26, 2019 - 9:32AM

In reply to by Digitaldoc (not verified)

Consumer reports is concerned about the oil dilution but say it's rare and is still recommended. Honda has extended the warranty. But if it happens that you get one of those lemons, I'd want a fix. It's not all 1.5T engines.

jonny (not verified)    July 3, 2019 - 6:34PM

Great car! I have the 2018 Si coupe and have absolutely no remorse. Quite the opposite, I plan to keep it for life, regardless of the oil dilution scare some would have you believing. Just change oil every 5k and no problem. There are 10th Gen 1.5T owners with nearly 100k miles and no problem at all. Don't let some who don't own this car scare you. They probably drive German money pit junk anyhow

David Bronicki (not verified)    July 8, 2019 - 12:30AM

No thank you, I'll keep my 2014 CR-V EX this vehicle is great it gets 32 miles per gallon all the time you can keep your new ones they're flawed anyway.

Mary (not verified)    July 6, 2020 - 2:20PM

I have purchased Honda Civics for years and never had any problems. My current 2016 Civic LX included. No problems with oil dilution.