Some people are unaware that you can sell your car directly to an auto dealer. You can do this much easier and quicker than trying to get it ready and retail it yourself. Certain dealerships will buy your car outright to put into their used car inventory.
Today’s economy has increased the demand for used cars because many people are choosing to buy used to avoid the large depreciation that comes with brand new vehicles fresh off the assembly line.
With more and more people looking to purchase a quality used car, dealers are often looking for good cars to add to their used car lot. This could turn out to work in your favor if you have a car you need to sell.
Selling a car on your own is time consuming and can cause a lot of stress. If you sell your car to a dealer you could avoid all the headaches. In addition you could walk sell your car away with cash-in-hand, possibly that very same day.
Following these steps before you sell your car to a dealer can enhance your chances for getting more money for your car.
First, run a history report on your vehicle. Try using a website such as Carfax.com as proof to the dealer that your car has not previously been involved in an accident. The website will ask for the VIN, make, model and year of the vehicle. After entering a little information you can print out a report to present to the dealership.
Next, use the websites of The Kelley Blue Book, The Black Book or the NADA Guide to determine an approximate value for your car, truck, van or SUV. The dealer will determine a fair market value before they sell it, but by having this figure you will be better educated when they offer you a price for your vehicle. This way you will know if you are getting a fair price for your vehicle.
Another step you may want to take is to have a routine service check done. Change the oil and air filter, fill all the fluids and check your tires to be sure they are in decent shape. If the auto consultant sees dirty oil and bald tires, you probably will not get as much money for the car.
Probably the most important thing you can do before you sell your car to a dealer is to have the vehicle detailed. Presenting the dealership with a car that is clean inside and out, vacuumed, waxed and shining like new can help bring top dollar for your vehicle.
By following these few steps your car will be in tip top shape to show to the dealer so you can get the most money for your car.
Finding a dealer to sell your car could be a very wise decision, saving you time and money trying to sell it on your own.