Are you thinking of selling your car? Whether you go to a dealer or sell on the private market, there are a few essential steps to take. In this guide, we’re going to go through them all with you, from making minor repairs to researching its value. Let’s get started straight away.
Your first step is to go over your car tooth and nail. Make a list of any little defects or problems – you’ll need them later on. Take it for a drive and pay close attention to any little quirks that it might have. It can be tough to do, but pretend you have never driven it before, and try and get a feel for how a new driver might find it. How high do you have to release your clutch, for example? Or does it have a tendency to veer slightly in a particular direction? Again, make a note of anything you notice.
Next, you need to do a lot of research on your car. Look at its make, model, year of build, and also at how many miles it has done. Now compare it to the used market, using second-hand dealers and private sellers on car websites and magazines. There will be differences in price that you need to look closely at. Is it the mileage that makes the price come down, or is it a particular defect? Once you have a rough idea, you can estimate the right price to pitch your car.
Now it’s time to make any repairs you want to do. Don’t forget that not all repairs will be essential, and they will cost you more than you will get back from selling it on. The only fixes that are worth doing are those that are minor, but can make a difference to your selling price. This can differ between cars, so think carefully about what you repair.
Now everything is ready to go, make sure your car is spotless. Nobody in their right mind will buy a dirty car – inside or out. So take your car out for a full wash and wax on the outside, and look at some car detailing services for the inside. Once it’s looking at its best, you can take some high-quality photos (the better quality the shots, the more interest you will get).
If you are selling privately, it’s time to start marketing your car for sale. Put it in as many publications as you can, and you could even use the notice boards at your local shops. The more eyes that see it, the higher price you will be likely to find for it. Don’t forget to target people outside of your hometown, either. You would be surprised at how far people will travel to get a good deal.
Now you have your buyer; it’s time to sell. Make sure all of the paperwork is in order and be as nice and friendly as is possible. Do all these things, and you might just get the best price possible! And, of course, that means more to spend on your next vehicle – and you can find out more about that here.