Written by a Guest Blogger
When you’re ready to upgrade to a different model car or simply no longer need the vehicle you are currently driving, there are several steps you can take that will make it easier for you to sell it and sell it at the right price.
Check out ads online and in local newspapers in your area to see what similar makes and models of cars are selling for, both by private parties as well as automobile dealers to get a sense of the marketplace. Doing this research will help you determine the best asking price for your car to help it to sell as quickly as possible. It’s a good idea to price your car anywhere between $1,000 and $1500 more than you actually want for it to give the buyer some wiggle room for negotiating.
Just as you would get a home in spic and span condition prior to selling it, the same psychology applies to selling a car. Get it washed and waxed and thoroughly clean out the interior from debris and litter, making sure that the windows and mirrors are all spotless. Have your local garage mechanic check it out to ensure that there are no major defects unless you plan to sell the car on an “as-is” basis. You can even go a step further and purchase a vehicle history report to be able to prove to any prospective buyer that the mileage shown is accurate and that the vehicle’s title is clear for you to sell it.
Tell friends and family members your car is for sale and you might already get a nibble. Otherwise take the next step and advertise on online car websites and in newspaper classified ads for the biggest reach among potential buyers. Put a “for sale” sign on the interior side window of the vehicle as well when you are driving around town because you never know who might see it.
Screen the buyers who express interest in purchasing your car and don’t show the car at odd hours, at night or to anyone who you feel may have suspicious motives. It’s often a good idea to ask your neighborhood garage or mechanic if you can meet at their location for a test ride as a neutral place so you don’t have strangers coming to your home. Be ready to negotiate to get your best price for the car and check with the Department of Motor Vehicles in your state on how to finalize the sale legally. Only accept a certified check or cash and be sure to fill out a release of liability form available from the DMV to prevent future problems.
This has been a guest post from Are You Selling, whose motto is “we buy cars“. So, if you’re looking for an easy way to sell your car, it might be worth contacting them through their website.