As much as we may love our cars, the time comes we must part ways with our beloved vehicles. Growing families, relocation, and maintenance issues are just a few of the reasons pushing us to put our cars on the market.
Selling your car is no easy task, however. You want to make sure you’re getting the most for the model and selling to a respectable individual or business. Whether you’re trying to sell your vehicle tomorrow or are simply testing the water, these tips will make you car selling pro in no time!
Give your car a photoshoot
In our increasingly digital world, most cars are sold online. This can be great for both the seller and the customer, allowing both to skip several in-person meetings before the sale is complete. But, this method can also pose a lot of challenges for the transaction. Your car doesn’t get to be shown off in all its glory in person, so taking several quality photos of your car is a must.
You’ll need to capture photos of the entire exterior of the car as well as the steering wheel and each tire. It may seem like overkill, but you want to make sure you’re able to provide photos to even the most questioning of customers.
Be certain to get photos of any special features of amenities that set your car apart from others on the market. Having more photos will prove that you’re more reliable, showing people that you’re safe to buy from.
Check out the market
When it comes to any sale, pricing is key. You want to make sure you’re not pricing your car too high while also ensuring that you’re not selling yourself — and your car — too short. Fortunately, there are several resources available to help you price your car competitively.
A good starting point is to turn to the always helpful blue book and Edmunds figures. To give yourself even more of a boost, see what similar models are selling for on sites like Craiglist, eBay, and AutoTrader. Remember not too price too high because there will always be somewhere else for the seller to purchase from.
Keep your car spotless
No one wants to buy a dirty car. You may be annoyed at the thought of spending a bit of money to keep your car clean, but you’ll notice what a difference it makes when showing off your car online and in person.
Keep the outside of the car squeaky clean, and make sure to vacuum and wax the interior of the car if possible. If your car is dirty, a buyer may be hesitant to make a deal with you as they may believe the car is lacking important repairs and is simply too risky to drive in. Spend a little to keep your car clean and it will pay off — literally — when you make that final deal.