Selling a Used Car? Check Out These Do’s & Don’ts

Selling a Used Car

Are you thinking of selling a used car? Have you put much thought into what you should or shouldn’t do when you sell your used car? If you haven’t, you might need to take a step back, take a few minutes and read this article. Sure you can go out there and sell your car to the first person that offers you a little money, but if you want to be successful in selling your car and get the most you can out of it, take a look at the do’s and don’ts of selling a used car below.

Do’s for Selling a Used Car

  • Paperwork – Before you can sell your used car, you need to make sure that you have all of the paperwork in order. You will need to make sure you have the title and bill of sale if your state requires that. You will probably need to visit your local DMV to pick up the correct forms you need for selling your car.
  • Research the Price – Before putting a price on your used car, you need to do some research. Don’t just put a number out there without knowing what the car is worth. The car may be worth a lot to you, but actually not be worth that much, or vice versa. You can visit places like Kelly’s Blue Book online to research what your car is worth.
  • Detailed Cleaning – You will also need to have your car cleaned well. If you can’t do a detailed cleaning yourself, take it to someone who does. There are many places that will do a detailed cleaning for you and not charge you an arm and leg.
  • Tune-up & Inspection – You also need to have the car tuned up before you try to sell it. It’s a good idea to carry it to your local mechanic and let them do an inspection on the car to make sure everything is working good.
  • Photos – Once you have the car cleaned, you need to take some really good photos of the car to place in your ad if you are doing an online ad. Take multiple photos so people will be able to see all sides of the car and the inside of the car.

Don’ts for Selling a Used Car

  • Take a Lowball Offer – When selling a used car, you will have people try to lowball you. They will try you to see if you will take a lot less than what the car is worth. Since you know the value of the car, you know what you deserve for the car. That’s not saying you can cut them a little deal, but don’t let them undercut you.
  • Scams – Please beware of scams online when selling a used car. Do your research before you respond to someone to sell the car and meet in a public place if someone is interested in it.
  • Bad Ads – Don’t place bad ads. Meaning, don’t place ads that are deceiving. Don’t place an ad with bad photos and little information. You need good photos and as much information as you can provide.

By keeping these do’s and don’ts for selling a used car in mind, you should be okay and not have any problems selling your car. Just take your time, do your research and wait for the right buyer!