Selling or Trading in Your Vehicle to a Dealership

Contrary to selling your car privately, selling it to a dealership like Easterns Automotive can be quick and convenient.

The process of selling or trading in your used vehicle to a dealership typically includes these steps:

1. Research the value of your car:

Before going to the dealership, research the value of your car so you have an idea of what it’s worth. You can use online valuation tools or get an appraisal from a trusted source.

2. Clean your car:

This step is optional; however, dealerships will be more likely to offer you a fair price if your car is clean and in good condition. Make sure to clean the interior and exterior of your car and address any mechanical issues (unless doing so will result in a negative return on investment).

3. Shop around:

Get quotes from multiple dealerships to compare offers and negotiate a better price

4. Bring all necessary paperwork:

Bring the car title, registration and any maintenance records to the dealership.

Pros of Selling Your Car to a Dealership


Selling your car to a dealership is typically a quick and hassle-free process. You can avoid the time and effort involved in selling your car privately.

No need for advertising:

When selling your car to a dealership, you don't need to worry about advertising your car on multiple platforms, communicating back and forth with potential buyers or attracting potential buyers.

Easier negotiations:

Negotiating with a dealership can be easier than negotiating with individual buyers. Dealerships are typically more straightforward with their offers and may be more willing to negotiate on price.

Low fraud risk:

When you sell your car to a reputable dealership like Easterns, you can rest easy the transaction is legitimate and you’ll receive your money.

No need for repairs:

Dealerships may be willing to purchase your car as-is, even if it requires some repairs or maintenance.

Paperwork is done for you:

You won’t have to worry about transferring ownership, as the dealership will do that for you. This means you won’t have to handle things like transfer of title or registration.


You don’t have to deal with any risks posed by predatory criminals looking for private car sellers.

Cons of Selling Your Car to a Dealership

Lower price:

Dealerships are in the business of making a profit, so the offer you receive may be lower than what you could get if you sold your car privately.

Limited options:

Dealerships may only be interested in certain types of cars or models, which can limit your options when selling your car.

Trade-ins only:

Some dealerships will require you to purchase another car in order to receive the best deal on your vehicle. If you’re not planning to trade in your car, look for a dealership that offers a straightforward and transparent process for selling your car.

Sell Your Vehicle Without the Hassle

Our team of experienced professionals will inspect your car and provide you with a fair and competitive offer based on its condition, make, model and market demand.