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No one owns a car forever. Few have the space, money, or desire to do so. Sooner or later the time comes to sell your car. Of course, the exact time to sell a car differs for everyone, but there are a few tips that should be followed when you deem it is your time. Knowing how to sell a car is a very specific sort of knowledge. Selling a car is not like selling a bicycle, or anything else for that matter. You want to make sure you get the most for your car and are not taken advantage of, or in turn, you don’t want to take advantage of or pass up a legitimate buyer.

As previously stated, the first step in selling your car is in determining if it is time to sell your car. From a personal preference standpoint, this can be anytime you choose. From a practical standpoint, you may want to sell your car at a point before it starts accumulating expensive mechanical repairs. One way to determine this is to take it to a mechanic for an inspection. Ask the mechanic what to expect in the near future as to the state of your car.

Another important part of learning how to sell a car is determining the value of the car. The easiest way to determine the value of your car is to use one of the respected automotive value books. The most used among these are the Kelly Blue Book and the NADA Guide. These books will give you a good ballpark figure. The actual value will be determined by the mechanical and cosmetic condition of your car. It will also vary depending on the car’s history, such as having been involved in major accidents, the miles on the car, and your location.

After you determine the value, the next step in how to sell your car is deciding which market to sell it on. You can sell it yourself through one-on-one negotiations from your home. You can sell it on an auction website or through a local auctioneer, or you can sell it to a dealer as a trade-in. If you are buying a new or used car from a dealer, trading your old car in is the easiest way to take care of the sale. However, a dealer will usually give you a considerable amount less for your car than will a private buyer. Selling the car yourself will get you more money but you will be subjected to making time for the open market, which includes showing the car, listening to people complaining about the car, and deciding if an offer is worth accepting.

To get the most money for your car and to help ensure a quick sale, you should prepare the car before you put it up for sale. Here are some of the preparations that will benefit you in negotiations:

  • Wash the car well, and give it good waxing.
  • Repair minor scratches and paint chips.
  • Detail the interior, air out the car, and put an air freshener in it.
  • Air up the tires to the recommended PSI, and use a tire-shining product on them.
  • Change the oil and make sure all other fluids, such as coolant and transmission fluid, are at the proper levels.
  • Prepare any maintenance records you have for the car.
  • Take some digital photos, and make sure they show your car in the best light possible. Very few people follow-up on ads without photos these days.

When the car is prepared, you can place an ad through your local newspaper. Most newspapers know use a car selling website service now, such as Auto Trader. You can also display your car at your home or another approved location with a “For Sale” sign with your phone number displayed.

When negotiating the sale of your car, keep potential buyers interested. If they seem to waver, point out some of the features and highlights of the car. Throw in an extra battery or set of tires if you have it. You want to have a low price in mind from which you cannot waver. If they won’t go above that price, wait for the next buyer.

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