How to Sell Your Car Faster
Want to sell your car quickly and hassle-free, so you can spend more time doing the things you love? Let us help. Here’s a high-level look at the smart steps you can take to sell a car faster.
Do your homework. You can streamline the process by researching car sales regulations in your state ahead of time, so you know your obligations and the documents that are needed, such as the title and proof you’ve paid off your car loans. If you still have payments left on the car, talk to your lender for guidance. Also, it’s smart to gather maintenance records showing you’ve taken good care of your car, too.
Polish and prep. Who can resist a shiny car? A good wash and wax will give your car curb appeal. It’s wise to take care of remaining mechanical issues, and consider getting an oil change, replacing fluids, and other service work. The more road-ready your car is, the better.
Price wisely. Check out reputable websites to determine comparable private party (not retail) car prices in your area. Be up front when it comes to factoring mechanical issues into your price. Honesty is the best policy!
Advertising 101. Online classifieds and social media can make it easier to sell your car. Highlight appealing features, including low mileage and high MPG. Use lots of good, well-lit photos, and include payment specifics (for example, cash, certified checks or money orders). Some cities restrict “For Sale” signs in cars, so check local ordinances to avoid a ticket.
Be savvy at sale time. It really helps to be responsive and flexible when it comes to scheduling times for prospective buyers to check out your car. But be street-smart, too. Ride along with them if they take a test drive, and accept full payment (no personal checks) before they drive off with their new purchase.
With a little preparation and effort, you can save time and be worry-free when it comes to selling your wheels. And, if you’re in the market for a new or used car, these car-buying tips and guidance on leasing vs. purchasing can help.