How To Sell A Car In 6 Steps

Here's how to sell a car in 6 steps: Via @ForbesAdvisor

9/18/2021 7:00:00 AM

Here's how to sell a car in 6 steps: Via ForbesAdvisor

Buying a new car is exciting. Selling your old one, however, can sometimes be more difficult depending on the route you take. The used car market can be unpredictable, and once you do figure out what your car is worth, that does not mean every interested buyer will pay that amount. Follow these six steps […]

Published: Sep 14, 2021, 11:51amEditorial Note: Forbes Advisor may earn a commission on sales made from partner links on this page, but that doesn't affect our editors' opinions or evaluations.GettyBuying a new car is exciting. Selling your old one, however, can sometimes be more difficult depending on the route you take.

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The used car market can be unpredictable, and once you do figure out what your car is worth, that does not mean every interested buyer will pay that amount.Follow these six steps to sell your car and get more bang for your buck.Compare Rates and Save on Your Auto Loan

Get up to 4 loan offers in minutes at myAutoloan.com.Learn More1. Clean Your CarPresentation is a huge part of selling your car. Before listing the car, remove any trash or personal items from the vehicle. Take off any bumper stickers, other nonessential stickers and license plate covers. headtopics.com

Check the glove box, center console, trunk and any other storage pockets, then discard all personal items. Lift up the floor mats as well to make sure it’s clean of stray items.Also, make sure to clean the entire car by using a hand-held vacuum or visit a car wash to use their vacuum. Wipe a microfiber cloth over all the hard surfaces to remove any dust.

Wash the car’s exterior and buff out any minor scratches. You don’t need to pay for a full detail, but a professional car wash may be worth the cost. If you don’t have time to do this or prefer to pay for, you can always find someone to do an auto detail by finding companies online, Facebook Marketplace or sometimes car washes will offer a detail at an extra charge.

2. Take PicturesAfter cleaning the car, it’s time to photograph it. Take pictures from every angle, including the odometer, engine, seats and trunk. Turn the car on and show that all the electronics work correctly, like the radio, back-up camera and built-in GPS. Some private buyers will ask for videos or even to FaceTime with you to see the car virtually, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Take more pictures than you think you need, including close-ups of any dents or scratches. Being honest in the listing will ensure that a potential buyer doesn’t walk away because you missed a large dent in the side door panel.3. Gather the Maintenance Records headtopics.com

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When selling a car to a private party, it helps to provide proof of maintenance and service records. If you live in a state that requires emissions tests, have copies of the most recent test on hand. These records may be a hassle to collect, but proving that you faithfully maintained the vehicle may allow you to increase how much you can charge. It may also be easier to find a buyer.

Can’t find proof that you got the transmission replaced? Call the mechanic and ask them for a copy. Some mechanics, especially major chains and dealerships, may keep copies of the receipts.Also, mention any upgrades or customizations you’ve added to the vehicle to increase its value.

4. Determine Your Car’s Sales PriceSites like Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds and iSeeCars.com will provide a basic appraisal if you input the car’s year, make and model, mileage, zip code and overall condition. Describe the car’s condition accurately to get the correct value.

You can also look up how similar cars are selling on private seller sites to check that you have priced it right, and can negotiate for a fair amount. Take the average of all those prices to determine how much to charge.Because most private buyers will try to negotiate, consider adding an extra $500 to $1,000 to the price before you list it. This gives you enough wiggle room with potential buyers to negotiate, while still getting paid the car’s value. headtopics.com

5. Advertise the SaleSome of the popular websites to post and sell your car privately are: Read more: Forbes »

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