Are you in the market for a new car? Whether you’re upsizing or downsizing, selling your current vehicle is generally part of the process of buying a new vehicle. The path of least resistance is to sell the vehicle to the dealership where you purchase your new car or truck. This will also result in the lowest sales price. Selling your used vehicle to a private party will more often than not garner a greater selling price. Follow these recommendations from the car gurus to get top dollar for your used vehicle.
Take the steps to bring the car into show room condition. The first step is to empty everything from the vehicle that was not placed there by the manufacturer. If you’ve taken advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and stocked up on tailgate gear from American Eagle, be sure to remove all of these items form the vehicle as well. Thoroughly vacuum the interior of the vehicle, paying special attention to the console area. Remove and shampoo floor mats as needed. Shine the windows on the interior. Using a mild detergent and soft cloth, clean the leather, upholstery, dash and steering wheel.
On the exterior, shine the tires and rims and thoroughly wash the entire vehicle. Apply and remove a coat of wax following the manufacturer’s instructions. Shine the windows on the exterior. After the vehicle has been thoroughly cleaned, take photos of the interior and exterior. Remove or cover the license plate for safety and privacy purposes.
Identify websites that list used vehicles for sale in your area. Research the value of the car to determine your asking price. Be honest about the true condition of the vehicle. Complete the questionnaire honestly and in its entirety to list the vehicle for sale. Be sure to include the mileage, reason for selling and contact information.
Plan to respond promptly to all inquiries on the vehicle. Arrange to meet in a public place and check the ID of the prospective buyer prior to taking a test drive. Be sure to let a family member know you are meeting a prospective buyer. Negotiate the price of the car and let the buyer know they will need to provide their own license plate, tags, to complete the sale. Best of luck to you!