Get A Fair Offer. Sell Your Car to Easterns Today!
Before you can buy a new car, you probably need to get rid of the one you have. If you are simply looking to upgrade your ride and your current vehicle is in good condition, selling your car is the perfect option.
There are several different ways that you can sell your car:
- Sell to a dealership
- Trade it in
Ways to Sell Your Car
When you sell your vehicle privately, you are selling it yourself. There are many ways to approach a private sale. You can put a price with your phone number on your windshield while you drive, leave it parked somewhere with a “for sale” sign or you can put an ad up on Craigslist or Facebook Market.
Sell to a Dealership
Selling to a dealership like Easterns Automotive or DirectCarBuying.com makes the process of selling your car fast, easy and fair. We also accept vehicle trade ins so you can get a great used vehicle for a competitive low price.
Trade it in
You can also trade in your vehicle to the dealership where you’re planning on buying pre-owned car. The dealership will subtract the value of your trade in from the price of the vehicle you’re purchasing, essentially giving you a big discount and taking your old car off your hands.
Which Option Is Best?
Selling your car to a dealership is frequently the best option for car sellers. Although you might get slightly less from a dealership than you would from a private car buyer, it is far easier and safer. Dealerships will usually take a vehicle as is, so you won’t have to put any extra time or money into making your vehicle presentable.
You don’t have to risk meeting strangers for a test drive, and you don’t have to worry about the logistics, paperwork and title transfers that are required in a private sale. Private sales can be even more complicated if you have an auto loan since the title of your vehicle isn’t technically in your name or there may be a lienholder on the title.
Dealerships can handle all the logistics, including title transfers, and get you an offer in a matter of hours. You can have cash in your hand fast, often by the end of the day. The convenience and speed of selling to a reputable Baltimore and Washington DC dealership, like DirectCarBuying.com, makes it the best choice for most car sellers.
Preparing Your Vehicle to Be Sold
Once you have decided how you want to sell your car, there are a few things that can help the process move more smoothly:
- Vehicle title
- Service records
- Original sales paperwork
Once you have these documents, be sure your vehicle is in good condition to be sold. Think of what you’re looking for in the car you want to buy and try to replicate that with the car you’re selling. Make sure your vehicle is clean inside and out, check the tire pressure and perform minor maintenance tasks to make it presentable. Don’t invest a lot of money into fixing big things since you likely won’t recoup the cost of those repairs in the sale price.
If you are selling the car yourself to a private buyer, they may want to have a mechanic look at it before finalizing the sale. Direct buyers and dealerships will usually require a presale inspection, but they usually handle it.
Determining a Price for Your Vehicle
Knowing what your car should be worth can help you more effectively negotiate the sale price. The initial price you should ask for your vehicle should be dependent on:
- The current condition of your vehicle
- The car, truck or SUV’s age
- Whether it has been well maintained
- The make and model’s average Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds and NADA sale price
While the current condition of your car is important, it’s unlikely that even a well-maintained vehicle will sell for a lot more than other vehicles of the same make and model on the market. The only exception is if you’ve added a lot of highly valued aftermarket upgrades. Even then, don’t expect to recoup the money you’ve invested in modifications.
Depreciation is a significant factor in the price you can expect to receive for your car sale. You will want to do your research to determine how much you’re willing to accept.