Tips for Selling Your Used Car

Are you about to trade your car in for a newer or different model? While trading your current car into the dealership when purchasing a new vehicle is often the easiest route, more often than not, you’ll receive a substantially lower purchase price than were you to sell it to a private individual. Follow these tips from the experts to ensure you receive the highest price for you used car.

The first step is to prepare the vehicle for sale. Empty everything from the car not provided by the manufacturer.  If you took advantage of the great deals offered by Groupon coupons and got a personalized travel mug from Things Remembered, you’ll certainly want to retrieve that from the car prior to selling it.  Next, either vacuum and shampoo the floor mats or replace if necessary. Vacuum the entire interior of the vehicle paying special attention to the console area. Shine the windows on the interior. Wash the exterior including the wheels and tires. Finally, shine the windows. The vehicle should now be in showroom condition. If there are any lingering odors in the vehicles, don’t use air fresheners; keep the windows open for a day or two while the vehicle is garaged.

Finally, take photos of the vehicle and write a description of the condition and why you’re selling. Have all service records available for a potential buyer to inspect. There is a multitude of website for used cars. Select one or more on which to list the vehicle. Determine the asking price by creating a value based on research and asking prices on similar models. Include all contact information in the listing post. Be prepared to respond to inquiries in a timely manner. Arrange to meet in a public space and alert a friend or family member that you’re meeting a prospective buyer.

Once the purchase price has been satisfactorily negotiated and payment received, remove your license plates and sign over the title to the car. Follow these steps and you’ll be able to sell your car for far more than dealerships will offer. Best of luck to you!

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