For the complete story on this topic, How to Sell Your Car please head on over to AutoGuide.com.There are a number of options out there to help you sell your car, turning a usually frustrating experience into something far more manageable.
There are two main ways to sell your car. One option is considerably easier and quicker but will likely get you less money for your car. The other route is much longer and requires more work, although the payout is likely worth the extra time.
The Easy Route
If you’re looking to get rid of your car and get quick cash, the first stop you should make is at a used car dealership.
Take CarMax for example, a national chain of used car dealerships with over 140 locations across the U.S.
It’s a pretty painless process at any used car dealership: you schedule an appointment and they appraise your car. It usually takes about 30 minutes and can involve a test-drive, pre-purchase inspection, collection of repair history and a comparison of your car against current market conditions like national sales trends and auction data
From there, the dealership will give you a written offer. They may have a time-condition on that offer, for example, CarMax’s offer will be good for only seven days, although the sale itself can take a little as 20 minutes and will get you some money in no time. It is also worth mentioning, that in some cases, selling your car to a used car dealership will likely not net you as much money as a private sale but it’s usually far less of a headache compared to dealing with tire-kickers and cheap-skates.
The Harder Route
If the CarMax offering isn’t to your liking, you can take things into your own hands and publish a listing of your car online or in print. Craigslist, eBay and Autotrader are websites that you can use to list your car for sale.
“Trust is at the core of everything we do at eBay Motors: buyers and sellers are rated, we provide free vehicle inspection reports, and our Vehicle Protection Program (VPP) is unique in the industry and protects you against fraud,” says Bryan Murphy, General Manager at eBay Motors, North America.
These sites are also a great way to see the sales trends of the used car market. You can also see how much similar cars are being sold for at local auctions. Sites like Kelly Blue Book can also provide insight into the value of your car.
Another place you can list your car is in the local newspaper’s classifieds section, although this costs more than online listings. Additionally, post your car on a related forum or message board. If your car has an enthusiastic community (like say, a Civic), then a forum posting can really help your car get some additional attention.
“Write a compelling description that provides honest insights and full disclosure,” eBay Motors spokesman Dale Niemiec said. “Also, photograph every aspect of the vehicle from all angles so that your vehicle is accurately represented.”
It also helps to build trust with your potential buyers. “Top sellers communicate with prospective buyers throughout the entire process to pre-empt problems, up-sell and build buyer trust,” says Niemiec
After setting up an online listing, buyers browsing these websites can then contact you or ask more questions and eventually set up an appointment to see and test the car in person.
Getting Ready to Sell
Now that your car is listed, you need to get the documents required for selling it in your state. Although you can check the DMV for the specific forms and documents, you’ll likely need items like the title information, proof of ownership, odometer readings, smog certificate, safety inspection and transfer of ownership forms for when the car is sold.
If you have it, it’s also good to show records of past work done to the car including anything done under a technical service bulletin or recalls. Prospective buyers will want to learn as much as they can about the car you’re selling so having all this information handy will make you look informed, responsible and trustworthy, a useful trait when it comes to private sales.
Finally, be sure to clean the car inside and out. Buyers won’t want to check out a dirty looking car or even sit in one that looks like it has been used by a slob or abused.
Now you can start taking calls from people who are interested in buying your vehicle ...