Have you been thinking about purchasing a new vehicle in the near future, but in order to do so you must first sell your current car? This puts you in the same situation as many. If you're wondering how to sell your car in the fastest, most convenient way while at the same time getting the most money possible for it, you're going to want to check out these top five tips.
Give it a Good Clean
Before you take any photos of your car to post, or have anyone look at it in person you want to be sure to give your car a really good cleaning. This means cleaning out any unnecessary and personal items, vacuuming the inside, shampooing the seats if they are in poor condition, shining up the dashboard, and giving the car and wheels a thorough washing. If there are odours in your car, you can also hang air fresheners in it.
First impressions matter so you want to put the car's best foot forward if you will. You may also want to buy seat covers if you can't get the seats clean, a steering wheel cover, and new floor mats for that refreshed look.
Figure Out its Value
Before you set the list price for your car, you will want to figure out what it's worth. This isn't what YOU think the car is worth, rather what is a fair and reasonable price based on its age, condition, and mileage. If you're having troubles figuring out what it's worth you can always go online and use pricing tools such as the CarsGuide tool available to Australians.
Be Prepared to Answer Service Questions
People looking to purchase a used vehicle are usually very interested in the car's service history. What this means is that you need to be prepared to answer these questions and even provide work orders. This includes such things as recalls, warranty work, repairs, and preventative maintenance.
Make Sure It Doesn't Need Servicing
Speaking of servicing your vehicle, you will also want to be sure it's in good working condition. Potential buyers will want to test drive the vehicle, so it needs to be running well. If your car needs some major work and you're not willing to put the money into it, then you will have to let buyers know you're selling it in "as is" condition.
Enlist the Help of the Professionals
While each of these tips can certainly help improve your chances of selling your vehicle, it still may not be enough. Places such as Gumtree and CarsGuide offer their own list of pros and cons. Both can make it faster and easier to sell the vehicle and then you don't have to worry about advertising your sale.
It can be rather difficult to sell your used vehicle so any tips, information, and help is usually welcomed. With any luck, you'll have your car sold in no time.