Getting a new car can be a lot of fun, and it can be an incredibly exciting time in your life. But, what do you do about your old one? For most people, the answer is to sell it. This isn’t quite as simple as it seems. A lot more goes into selling a used vehicle than many people believe, and this can cause them problems if they try to sell it themselves. We’ve all passed those cars that have been parked in somebody’s front lawn with a for sale sign in the window. These rarely go for as much as they could, and often times they have unforeseen problems. When these problems come up it can come back on the seller in the form of legal issues. This can be both costly and risky if not done right.
This is one reason why it can be really helpful to sell to a dealership instead of a private deal . A dealership knows what they’re looking for with your car, and they understand the market. They can give you a fair price for the value of your vehicle in the condition that it’s in. They also know how to identify problems, and can go ahead and take care of these before the vehicle goes up for sale. This way nothing’s weighing on your conscience, and you know that your car is being delivered to its new owner in the best shape possible.
Dealerships also have the resources to take care of all the titles and many of the other things that need to be seen before the vehicle can be sold. This also stops you from having to carry insurance on a car that’s just sitting in your front lawn. This is a smart way to save money, and a much easier way to get that vehicle off your hands. By the time you’re done paying for insurance for a vehicle that sat on your front lawn for six months, almost any price that you get for it won’t be enough to compensate for the cost of keeping it. It’s just an all-around better deal to go to a dealership and sell your car for cash. These are some of the things you can do to prepare your car for sale:
Assess the Condition
Most people who are getting rid of an old used car will already understand the working condition of the vehicle. They’ll know of any major problems, and most of these will be seen before the vehicle changes owner. It’s important not to sell a car that you know has any significant issues, and to make the buyer aware of any problems that could arise. A dealership really cuts out a lot of these problems. You may want to take your car to a mechanic ahead of time and have an assessment done to decide exactly what issues might need taken care of.
Clean It and Make Minor Repairs
The first thing that is going to appeal to any buyer is the way that the vehicle looks. You want to make sure that you taken it through the carwash, and you’ve gone out of your way to detail the interior. A good looking car will obviously go for more money than one that looks dingy and ruined. The aesthetic view of your vehicle is the second most important selling point after the mechanical issues. You also need to consider making some minor repairs. If there are broken windshield wipers, or an antenna that’s bent, it’s always a good idea to replace these items before trying to sell the vehicle. These repairs generally don’t cost a lot of money, and they can make you more money.