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When it comes to selling your car, you have options. You can sell it online, you can sell it via newspaper, or you can bring it into a dealership as a trade in or in our case Cars for Cash. The first thing and the most important thing to remember when it comes to selling your car is that you need to market it. That is right, market it. Just because you may only have one car to sell doesn’t mean that you don’t want the best price for it and it doesn’t mean that you do not want it noticed.
Here we have some ideas as to how best tackle this challenge. If you plan on selling your car online, then you need to create a great looking listing. What is most important to car sellers? Most will say the price they get for their used vehicle is at the top of the list. You want to be the low hanging fruit or the most attractive listing on that specific marketplace. Would it surprise you to know that 70% of cars are sold out of state. That is right, so do not limit yourself to only your state and your local geographical area. The next person who will own your vehicle may be a state or two away, if they want the car – they will find a way to get it.
You want to get all of the pertinent information that you will need to best describe the car you are trying to sell. This is not an instance where less is more, no…more is more, so get as detailed as possible.
What you will want to have is:
- The Car Title
- Original Sales Information
- Service Records
Here is some of the basic pertinent information you will need to account for:
- Current Mileage
- Specific Model
- Specific Model type (SE, TRD, LE, X etc.)
- Features: (Cd player, Heated Leather Seats, Third Row… etc.)
It is important to remember that the more specific you can be regarding your car and its current condition, the better the chances that you will sell it for your asking price. You can use the original listing information from the manufacturer to cross reference anything you might have missed.
Amazingly, a lot of car buyers get comfort in seeing items such as oil change receipts, because this emphasizes that the car was well maintained and therefore perhaps less likely to break down. Most oil changes should occur every 3,000-8,000 miles depending on the specific manufacturers recommendations.
What happens then if you do not have these receipts? What then? Most of us do not hold on to such items although we know we should. What we recommend is asking your local oil change place to print up a log of your cars maintenance, that will suffice.
You have an emotional connection to your vehicle perhaps and may see it with rose colored glasses. But sharing the true and therefore unbiased account of your cars condition can go a long way in getting it purchased. Most people tend to over shoot when it comes to the value of their car, you need to do your homework. Checking sources like Edmund.com or KBB.com is a good place to start.
If you have a mechanic who offers a service that allows them to asses it, we recommend it. Your mechanic can tell you what needs to be changed or fixed, they may see something that you overlooked. This usually comes with a fee but this will prove to the potential buyer that you took care of it for them, saving them money, time and effort. Besides, it will provide a sense of security to the buyer that there is nothing to worry about, the car has been checked and has passed inspection, so keep all documentation that your mechanic gives you after this is done.
There are some advantages of selling your car to a dealership or a Cash for Cars type of business. For example when you trade your car in you do not get people e-mailing and calling trying to get in touch with you. There is no cost to sell it or for listing it. It is totally convenient and fast, take it in and KAPOW! Your car is sold.
Take these suggestions into consideration and you will see how your listing gets noticed or just have a Cars for Cash company do all the work for you, in that case all you have to do is show up.