Tips for Selling Your Used Car to a Dealer

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Tips for Selling Your Used Car to a Dealer

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If you’re getting ready to sell or trade-in your old car, you may be worried that you won’t get a fair price for your vehicle. The good news is that there are several things you can do to ensure you get the highest possible price for your vehicle.


First, you will want to get a general idea of what your car is worth. Thankfully, there are many different resources online that can help estimate what you can expect to get for your car. Because all these websites use different criteria to make their estimates, it’s a good idea to look at several different websites to come up with an average price. If possible, you will also want to narrow your research down to what vehicles similar to your sold for recently in your specific geographic location. Two identical cars can sell for dramatically different prices in different states.

It’s important to note that you estimate research will be just that, an estimate. Ultimately, it is just an educated guess of what a private buyer or dealer will be willing to purchase your car for. There will be many different factors that go into the price that is ultimately offered to you. However, doing your research ahead of time will give you a good idea of what kind of pricing you can try to negotiate for.

Preparing Your Vehicle

Next, you will want to do everything in your power to make your vehicle as appealing as possible to a potential buyer. Of course, you will want to make sure that it is clean, but to really get the highest price for your car, you may want to spend a little money on it before selling. Making even minor repairs to your car can help increase the purchase price. Remember, most dealerships and private sellers are not in the business of fixing cars. That means they are not going to be willing to pay as much for a vehicle that is going to cost them money right off the bat.

Do you best to buff out any scratches in your paint and detail the inside of your vehicle as well. You may also want to replace the tires if necessary and have your vehicle serviced so you are aware of any mechanical issues that may come up during the selling process. The improvements you make on your car don’t necessarily have to be very expensive. You simply want to make sure that your car is in ready-to-drive condition to help entice the potential buyer to give you a higher price.

If you’re interested in trading in your old vehicle for a newer car, truck, or SUV, then come into our dealership. We offer competitive prices for trade-in vehicles and great financing options for the purchase of one of our newer pre-owned cars. We carry a large selection of quality vehicles right here on our lot. No matter what type of vehicle you’re looking for, we are sure to have something that is perfect for you.