FIRST THINGS FIRST
CLEAN IT UP!
Think about it, would you want to buy a used car that’s filthy and filled with someone else’s trash? No, of course not! If you want your car to sell fast, you have got to make it look like one you would buy yourself.
Make sure to fix all of those “minor issues” you might have been pushing off. While you’re at it, check for any other low maintenance that needs to be done. If the brakes and oil need to be changed, change them. If you find any other problems you can’t afford to fix, make sure you let the buyers know about them. Usually, they will be grateful and won’t give you a hard time about it.
SERVICE AND HISTORY
Be sure to collect all of the service records you have on the car, from tune ups to brakes. You’ll need to get a vehicle history report to put any other worries the buyer might have at ease and seal the deal. CARFAX or Experian are the best places to get one of these.
DECIDE ON A PRICE
You have to think about how low of a price you are willing to accept for the sale of your used car. What is your car actually worth on the market? Well, in order to find that out you’ll need to do some homework. You can use sites like Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds to see what others are asking and what the recommended private seller price is. Remember that what you actually sell the car for will probably be less than your asking price.
GET READY, SET, GO!
Get started by taking pictures of the inside, outside, odometer, and highlight any special features the car has. You’re going to want to make as many listings as possible so that your used car will be seen by a large audience, starting with CheapestCarsOnline.com of course! Make use of classifieds and online listing opportunities. You’ll need to calculate costs in order to evaluate how much you can afford. When it comes down to it, slap a “for sale” sign on that car with price and contact info.
You need to be ready to answer phone calls and emails about you used car, and in a timely manner if you want it to go quickly. Be sure to make time to schedule test drives and show the car to potential buyers.
Get your hands on a bill of sale, be ready to transfer the title and registration, and prepare to cancel your insurance on the car.
ACCEPT CASH ONLY. You don’t want to be left with a bounced check and no car. Unless you’re selling your used car to a close friend or family member, it’s best to protect yourself and let the buyer know that this will be a cash only transaction.