Have you decided it’s time to sell your used vehicle? Whether you’ve decided to purchase a larger vehicle or smaller one, no doubt you would like to receive as high of a sales price as possible for your used vehicle. Trading a used vehicle into a dealership towards the purchase price of a new vehicle will generally net the smallest sales price. Selling your vehicle to a private individual will most often net the highest sales price. Follow these recommendations from the car gurus to navigate the used car sales market.
The first goal is to bring your vehicle back to showroom condition as best as is possible. Remove everything from the interior that was not placed there by the manufacturer. If you took advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and snagged a great pair of sunglasses from Coastal, be sure to remove these as well. Thoroughly vacuum the interior paying special attention to the console area. Remove floor mats and shampoo as needed. Using a mild detergent and soft cloth, thoroughly clean all leather, vinyl and plastic, paying special attention to the console area, steering wheel and door handles. Shine the windows on the interior.
On the exterior, wash the tires and wheel covers and using a detergent designed to protect the vehicle’s paint job, wash and dry the exterior of the vehicle. Apply a coat of wax according to the manufacturer’s instructions and buff completely. Shine the windows on the exterior. Take multiple photos of the interior and exterior.
Research the price for your vehicle using one of several online valuation websites. Be forthcoming about the year, make, mileage and condition of the vehicle. Identify websites that list used vehicles for sale in your general area and post your vehicle according to the instructions on the website. Be honest about your reasons for selling the vehicle. Plan to respond promptly from all inquiries by prospective buyers. Arrange to meet in a public place and inform a friend or relative of your plans. If a prospective buyer makes an acceptable offer for the vehicle, remove your license plate prior to the completion of the transaction. Best of luck to you in receiving the highest possible sale price!