If you’re looking to sell your car, you’ve probably heard it’s a good idea to sell it yourself. Not only will you get more money in hand when your car sells, but it’s surprisingly easy. However, there are some things you’ll need to know before listing your car. This guide will give you the five things you need to know about selling your car.
How to Prepare Your Car for Sale
This is a big one. Your car will look better if it’s cleaned outside and inside. Make sure to vacuum every nook of your vehicle, including under seats and behind armrests. Cleaning supplies like towels and disinfectant wipes can also be helpful.
Things That May Impact The Price of Your Car
You can expect a better price for your car if it’s in excellent condition. For example, you would expect to get more for a vehicle with low mileage, less than three years old, and only driven by one owner. You can also expect to get more for a sports car or luxury model than you would for an economy vehicle.
If your car has no options or accessories added by the manufacturer (known as factory extras), then don’t be surprised if it sells at lower prices than vehicles with similar features. However, if you want to sell quickly and avoid negotiating with potential buyers over every little thing they want to change on their new ride, then leave all those extras in place when listing your vehicle so that everyone knows exactly what they’re getting with no surprises.
How to Advertise Your Car
When looking at ways to advertise your car for sale, you can list your car on a classified’s website like Craigslist or Gumtree; second-hand car websites like AutoTrader or CarMax; social media sites like Facebook Marketplace and Letgo; local newspapers such as The New York Times; car mechanic websites that cater to specifically to selling cars; and even dealer websites.
If you choose not to advertise directly through these avenues, plenty of apps will help make the process much easier. For example, there are apps for social media advertising (like Postagram) and blogging platforms (like Blogger) that allow users to create blog posts with images easily added via URL linking or uploading photos directly from their device camera roll folders.
What to Do When You Are Selling Your Plates at the Same Time as the Car
If you are selling your plates simultaneously as the car, you will need to sell them first. However, if you have already sold the car and want to sell your plates, it could be possible for someone else to buy both from you. There are many companies out there that can help you with this. Just search for Selling private reg plate for more information to find one that can help your needs.
Things You Can Do to Maximize the Price of Your Car
While you might not be able to control the price of gas or the weather, you can do a few things to ensure that when someone makes an offer on your car, it’s as high as possible.
One quick way to boost your car’s perceived value is by ensuring it’s clean. A dusty interior will detract from any good points about its condition or appearance, so take some time with a vacuum cleaner and some window cleaner before advertising it online. Likewise, if there are any dings or scratches in the paintwork (or even if they’re just visible), use touch-up paint before arranging a viewing. Buyers may think twice about buying a car that looks like it has been repaired poorly by previous owners.
Now that you know the tips and tricks for selling your car, it’s time to start. Hopefully, this guide has helped get you ready. Remember, when it comes down to it, there is no such thing as a perfect car— just cars that are perfect for those who search for the right one.