There will probably be a time when you’re ready to get rid of your car. It can be for any number of reasons. For instance, it might be time for an upgrade. Or you need to downgrade to save money.
No matter the explanation, selling your vehicle can be both frustrating and scary. This is especially the case if you decide to sell it on your own. To ease some tensions, here are a few tips to help you sell your car.
Check Its Estimated Value
Don’t go into the sales process without one important piece of information — the vehicle’s estimated value. Fortunately, you don’t have to search long for this data. The internet has it available to you in a few clicks.
Sites like edmunds.com and kbb.com (short for Kelly Blue Book) are available to everyone. To get the estimated value you enter the pertinent information about the vehicle and press Enter. You’ll receive two to three values based on the state of the car. Some sites even point you to dealers looking for your type of vehicle.
Get It Serviced
If you want to get the most value for your vehicle, then you want to get it serviced. Head to your local shop to get an oil change, brake check, and all the fluids topped off. That’s the minimum. Other items to consider service on are the timing belt and suspension.
If the vehicle you want to sell has so many issues that it’s beyond your budget, then you might want to consider donating it to a local organization. The tax benefits of donating a car might be more than the sales value.
Clean The Interior & Exterior
Your car may run like a jaguar, but it won’t sell if it isn’t clean both inside and out. You wouldn’t want to purchase a vehicle that wasn’t pristine. Why do you believe someone else would want to do the same?
This doesn’t involve extreme detailing. Give your car a good wash and clean the tires. Next, vacuum the inside and wipe surfaces down to get rid of dust. If there’s any detailing involved it’s related to throwing out the trash that has accumulated in the pockets and corners of the vehicle’s interior.
Run A Carfax Report
There’s a strong possibility that you’ll be asked for detailed information on your vehicle no matter if you sell it through a dealer or on your own. The best way to do this is through a Carfax report.
The document details are more than just recorded accidents. It verifies the VIN is valid and there are no legal actions against the vehicle. If you purchased it used, it shows the car’s history with the previous owner.
It doesn’t matter where you sell it, you need to be honest about the vehicle’s positives and negatives. If you sell it at a dealer they’ll check it out to determine its value. If you sell it on your own, then the prospective buyer might take it to their own service shop to see what problems it has.
So, be upfront, and let the buyer decide what to do. If you already know what’s wrong with the car and provided written evidence, don’t let the purchaser tell you otherwise.
It may sound daunting, but these steps can help you get the best value for your car. Also, it might provide enough money to take care of bills or allow you to upgrade to the vehicle that you’ve always wanted.
In the end, don’t rush the process. Do the necessary research to determine the proper values. Also, make sure the vehicle is ready to be sold.