I have had my fair share of selling used cars in the past with my fiancé. He had a phase where he would switch cars all the time if not every few months. The free website where we would list the cars for sale is called, Craigslist. Craigslist is essentially a local classifieds where you can sell or buy: cars, houses, clothes, electronics, tickets, barter, find jobs, seek relationships, and so forth. It is free to list here just follow the restrictions and be safe!
~ My tips on How to Sell your Used Car ~
- First off, you must know how much your car value is by referring to a site like www.KBB.com – Also put in consideration how much you paid for your car too. Even though the website may say your car is worth less, but it is a “hot trending car”, it can be worth over value but it is good to just have an idea of your car.
- If you are not in a rush to sell, I would not recommend trading your car in. They will take the lowest value ever and end up re-sale to make profit. Unless you are in a rush and are getting a better value for your new car overall. I have never sold via dealership trade in because they will rip you off or there is some sort of catch. You are best selling in person and this is called “private party” sale.
- Compare your car and car’s condition (mileage, title status – clean or salvage title, cosmetically and appearance) with other cars being sold locally for an idea of how much other’s are selling for. Then you would follow the crowd with the pricing. If you know your car is better post higher, if you know you car is fair/or around the same then list within their range. However, in general you should list your car higher than you expect especially if your car is a clean title because people like to negotiate. For instances, you know your car is worth and the lowest you would go is $10,000. I would recommend putting $10,800 – or like $10,900 because many will want to negotiate to even $10,000. That will be a win, win situation for you and the buyer. The buyer will think they got a deal on negotiation but in reality, you are getting what you wanted. Had you put $10,000, you will get offers in the $9,000’s. Do not leave a flat value, always put $10,550 something that shows your vehicle is negotiable.
- Take clear photos of your vehicle, but do not necessarily point out cosmetic flaws like a ding, or a minor scratch of the car or zooming into flaws
unless it is major because it is a used car. There will be minor wear here and there. Post several photos of your car, inside/outside, the speedometer. I would hide the license plate though, but that is just my personal preference and not post the Vin # online either.
- When listing your car for sale in your description be clear as possible but do not write too much. The ad should get all the basics answered for example:
- The car type, model, year, color
- The cars condition and car title status (clean title or salvage – if salvage why briefly)
- If you are the original owner that is a big selling advantage, but if you know your owner status if it is less than 3, I would mention that since people will trust your car more. If not, if you have owned your car for several years or longer, I would put that down. The more ‘original’ parts or paperwork, accessories of your car – better value of selling like if you have all the original keys, service records, and etc.
- List recent maintenance you may have done or if the car has been recently maintained
- Brief description why you are selling your car
- Avoid price is firm, price is non negotiable, or not in a rush to sell – you do not have to list those points, they will not attract the potential buyer what so ever
- If you know you are going to sell your car, I would clean the car out and keep it to a minimal just encase it sells fast. That way you will not be rushed to clean your car out on the spot and you do not want to forget anything in the car.
- If you are car does not sale or receive attraction (emails/calls), then you should delete the post and repost. It could be the time or day you post and it does not get a lot of views. I would recommend posting noon to mid-day. At night, not many will be on the market to look at cars. Note: When you list your phone to call or text , to make sure it is not a scam you should conceal your number with letters. For instances your phone number is ( 623 ) 394 – 0004 you would type ( six two three ) 394 – 000 four to prevent any scam text messages. I have dealt with scam text messages before and emails. Never respond with those emails that say they would love to buy your car and give you money through those money gram or check. Those are lies, do not be sucked in!
- When you meet up with someone interested, meet during an appropriate time and not too late. If it is late, I would reschedule or have someone go with you. Meet locally at a well known place like a grocery shopping parking lot. Always have someone go with you so you can have that person hold on to your car’s title.
- If someone is interested in purchasing the car, do not give the title first. Make sure all the money is accounted for before transferring the title. Take a picture of the document and also the persons driver license and if you want to write a bill of sale just encase.
Good luck on your car sale!