Tips for Selling a Used Vehicle

Are you ready to sell your car and purchase a new or used vehicle? This can be a trying process that requires a fair amount of time.  Follow these recommendations from the automotive professionals to lessen the pain of the experience, avoid pitfalls and receive the highest price possible for your used vehicle.

Selling a used vehicle to a private party will generally net a higher price than selling or trading to a dealership. Dealerships calculate added margins to the purchase price in order to make a gain on the sale. This is not the case with private party purchasers. While it may take more effort, proceeds from a private sale will most likely be more than from a dealership.

The first step is to bring your vehicle as close as possible back to showroom condition. Remove all the contents from the interior not placed there by the manufacturer.  Trash, clothing and sports gear should all be removed. Take out floor mats and shampoo or replace as necessary.  Vacuum the entire interior of the vehicle including the trunk. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and purchase a cleaning solution from Advance Auto Parts to clean all leather and vinyl paying particular attention to the console area. Finally, shine all the windows in the interior. On the exterior, begin by cleaning all the tires, rims and wheels removing brake dust and street grime. Again, using a mild car wash solution, clean the exterior of the vehicle and dry completely.  Apply a fresh coat of wax according to the manufacturer’s instruction. Buff wax to remove. Shine al the exterior windows.

In order to list the car online for sale, take multiple photos of the interior and exterior. (Remove or cover license plate for photos.) Research the asking price of cars similar in make, year and mileage as your used vehicle. Select a used vehicle website on which to post the car for sale. Develop content describing the car in detail and reasons for selling.  Prepare to respond quickly to all inquiries. Best of luck to you selling your used vehicle!