2017 is here and you may be ready to get that new car you’ve always dreamed of. But first you must sell your old car! If you’re getting ready to sell your car, there are a ton of things you can do to make sure you get the most money for your vehicle. You’re not going to be able to afford that new fancy ride if you can’t get top dollar for your old one, right? Luckily, it’s much easier than you may think to get the top dollar for your car on the market; it just takes a little preparation. After you’ve found the car you want, check out these tips on how to get the most money on the market for the car that you’re selling.
This article on how to sell your car for top dollar is contributed by the folks at CarBrain. They will give you an offer for your car online and CarBrain even buys cars in less-than-perfect condition, like wrecked, broken-down and collision damaged cars. They make selling your car online so easy!
Do a Private Car Sale
Selling your car to a private party will net you a much higher return compared with selling your car to a dealer. In some cases, you may be able to get a better deal from the dealer if it’s a holiday weekend special, but in most cases you won’t. Selling your car on websites like AutoTrader or Craigslist will ensure that you get hundreds, if not thousands, of more dollars for your vehicle compared to if you would’ve traded it into a dealer. It definitely takes a much longer time to complete a sale this way because you have to list it yourself, meet with multiple interested buyers, and go through the whole motion. But you’ll be rewarded with that extra cash, and most of the time it’s worth it for that.
Detail Your Car
Spending a few hundred dollars to detail your car might mean that you get a few thousand extra dollars when you go to sell it. Before you list your car, take it to a professional auto detailer and get it professionally detailed. Your car will look almost as great as it did on the day you got it, and you may even want to keep it for yourself! Detailing a car usually costs somewhere around $150, so it definitely is an investment. But that investment has a good chance of paying off, so consider getting your car professionally detailed before going to sell it!
Have All The Car Records Handy
Before you list your car, assemble all of the service records that you have and put them into one big folder. When you meet with prospective buyers, show them the folder and explain to them about the service. This will build value in your car, and the buyer will see that it’s been very well taken care of. If you’re having trouble finding those service records, call up your mechanic to see if you can get copies. Many mechanics keep copies of service records for a certain amount of time, and you might be able to get a copy. If you can’t find any records at all, opt to buy a vehicle history report to show to the prospective buyers. It’s not as thorough as full service records, but it does give them something.
Good luck getting the most money for your vehicle. Do you have any personal stories or tips to share on selling your car? Have you tried selling your car online? We’d love to hear about it!
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