Why are you so busy? Do you see it letting up any time soon? Is there anything you can defer, delegate, hire out, or just not do? You'll lose a pretty big chunk of dough by selling it to a dealer, especially selling it directly rather than trading it in for another car. I have a friend who sold his car in a few hours on craigslist, by pricing it below market.
I work a lot, have a newborn, and my wife is in full-time nursing school. My job includes being on call answering phone calls and emails 24/7 365, I wake up and work 2-3 times a night, 5/7 nights. This isn't a pitty party, I like my job. With fall here I closed our pool (another lesson learned) and the grass is slowing down so there is less to do around the house for several months, which should free up some time around. My travel time at work is almost over so that will help as well.
I took the car to the dealership tonight just for a laugh. The sales manager was very helpful and gave me some good tips for selling the car on my own (maybe I'll visit him again later in life
) It was good incentive to get the car cleaned up and photographed so I can put an add online and sit and wait a little while I'm traveling for work this week.
Now, if you had gone to your job instead, you'd have made $2,000. But by taking unpaid time off, you improved your situation by $5,000, for a net "win" of $3,000.
Isn't this a no-brainer?
Funny, I could take a 2-week paid "staycation" and get a $5,000 bonus with all the time off I haven't been able to use this year.
If I can find the usb cable for my camera, I'll get this thing posted tonight!