When the time comes to part ways with your current automobile, you will know it. It is almost as if our sixth sense comes into play and lets us know that we are finally ready to let go of the old and bring in something new. Granted, many other factors assist in the final decision, but for the most part, when you ask yourself, "should I sell my car," the real deciding factor is knowing you are getting the best price for your sale. It does not matter if you are selling because of your current vehicle's increasing maintenance costs, if you want a newer, larger, or more fuel-efficient model, or if you just want to sell your car before its warranty expires. You can trust that here at McCluskey Chevy, we will give you the best price for your old car.
To sell or not to sell? Once you have battled that internal debate, your next conflict with yourself will be how to sell your car. With a rising amount of online classified options, opposed to the previous paper-only classifieds, private-party sales may seem pretty appealing, especially when you could possibly get a larger net payment selling it on your own. Unfortunately, when you are sifting through the pros and cons of selling to a dealership versus a private sale, keep in mind there is a lot of time and effort that goes into selling a car. So, when you ask yourself, "should I sell my car privately" remember to research everything that goes into the selling process.
Even if you are looking to offload an extra vehicle that you no longer want as a yard ornament or a dust collector in the garage versus looking to upgrade, the pros and cons between a private sale and selling to a dealership are still the same. A private-party sale will end up costing you in time and maybe even money. Selling to a dealership like us will save you the hassle of listing your car, advertising it on multiple platforms, and talking with and meeting potential buyers. Let us not forget the test drives and negotiation process. You may even need to pay out of pocket when selling privately for minor repairs or a detailed cleaning of your car or for listings and advertising.
Selling cars can be a daunting process. Let us take on that burden for you. Let us worry about all the details of prepping, listing, advertising, and talking with buyers. Life is filled with so much craziness as is, so why add to it?
Take advantage of a stress-free and worry-free sale by selling your car to us. We can make it as simple and as quick as possible for you so that you can enjoy the finer things in life rather than spending unnecessary effort and time selling your car. We can offer you a cash payment for your car, or we can take your vehicle as a trade-in for another and get you great deals on something new. Bottom line, we do not want you to feel like you have to sell your car yourself to get the best value for it because your time and state of mind are also valuable. Selling cars is what we do, so we know what your car's estimated value is, and we will offer you the best possible price for its worth.
You have decided to sell your car; now it is time to prepare for the sale. Whether you have decided to sell it to an independent buyer or a dealership, there are a few recommended things you should do before you sell it. All of which will help your selling experience go smoothly.
The first step in preparing for the sale of your car is to research the market. You need to know not only the estimated value of your vehicle based on its make, model, model year, mileage, and condition but also what other similar vehicles are selling for. Even if you wanted to sell to us, we would still recommend having a number in your mind that you were looking to get based on your research. Because, although we need to be able to have wiggle room in selling your car for you after we buy it, we also want you to receive your fair share.
To get a reasonable number for a sales goal, you will need an inspection of the vehicle. Give your car a once-over or take it to a professional and make sure everything is working fine because any buyer, including dealerships, will perform an inspection before they buy. The look-over will not only catch any minor problems that may decrease the value of the car but will also give you the chance to clean out any personal belongings and information, as well as give you a chance to spruce it up and increase the value. A good cleaning, replacing old floor mats, replacing worn tires, or buffing out any minor scratches shows potential buyers the car was cared for. Presentation is key, and a clean and crisp appearance may get you higher offers for your vehicle.
Another detail to selling your car is the paperwork. Nobody enjoys paperwork. That is why if you decide to sell to us, we handle the majority of the paperwork involved in selling your vehicle for you. All you need to do is get together the necessary documents. But if you decide to sell privately, you will need to figure out what your state requires and follow all the necessary steps involved in providing the paperwork for the sale of your car.
Every state has its own list of documents needed for the sale of a vehicle, but it is recommended to have the basics on hand anyways. A vehicle's title is the number one universal requirement when selling a car. It is the most important legal document proving ownership. When selling, all listed owners must sign the title for you to sell it, and if there is a lien on it, the balance will need to be paid off before selling your car and transferring the title.
You may have also heard of, or even created or received a bill of sale before. This is another piece of documentation that is commonly used to transfer ownership of a vehicle. It includes the make, model, year, color, VIN, odometer reading at the time of sale, the name and address of both the seller and the buyer, signatures of both parties, and the sales price. And although it is not mandatory in every state, here in Ohio, it serves as a record of the transaction.
Emissions and safety inspections may also be required for the sale of a vehicle. Although there are exceptions on older, classic cars when it comes to emissions inspections, when it comes to safety, even if it is not a requirement, some buyers may request documentation of a safety inspection before the purchase. This is not an unreasonable demand from a potential buyer since most people want to know that the car is safe to drive before they put their life or their family's lives in the seats.
Other paperwork that may be required or be good to have on hand is the warranty documents, vehicle history report, and maintenance records. Vehicle warranties can sometimes be transferable between owners. Making sure you have all the warranty paperwork can certainly help seal the deal but will also add value to your vehicle. The vehicle history report and maintenance records are good to show how well maintained the car is, thus making it more appealing than one without that documentation. These will also add value to your sale.