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How Do I Sell My Car

If you find yourself asking “how am I going to sell my car efficiently?” then your first instinct is probably turning to Craigslist in an attempt to make some fast cash. While that strategy works for some, it doesn’t work for everyone. Actually, most of the time it doesn’t work as an efficient way to sell your car. Why? Because there are too many factors when it comes to trying to sell your car. Such as: mileage, age, make, model, trim level, and any of the quirks that your vehicle might have.

On top of that, you need to make sure that the price you are offering is reasonable when compared to the overall condition of the vehicle. Instead of going through the hassle and time involved, a more efficient way to sell your car is simply by taking it to a dealership. On top of quickly and efficiently getting rid of your old car, you also have the option of trading it in if you’re looking to get another car.

It’s clear there are more options and more benefits when selling to a dealership. But before we take a look at those, let’s get a little more in-depth about selling your vehicle privately.

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Trade-In vs Selling Your Vehicle

Not everyone who is looking to sell may want to trade it in for something else. Perhaps you want to get rid of one vehicle because you already have another working car? Maybe you have your eyes set on a particular crossover or sedan, but you aren't sure about purchasing it just yet? Or you could be in a position where you're definitely ready to sell your current car, but not ready to buy another one? Whatever your case may be, we offer you options when it comes to selling.

For those who will definitely buy a new car to replace the old one, we offer a trade-in option where you can have your car valued and use the equity earned from the trade-in towards your purchase. This is a popular option among many buyers, as it will help towards financing the vehicle, making the monthly payment lower or the repayment time shorter. Trade-ins are made easier on our website with our to value your trade-in. Just type in some information about your car into our calculator, and we will give you a trade-in value for that vehicle. We will also do a quick inspection of the vehicle when you bring it in, so you know you are getting the best value for your car.

Our trade-in offers also make shopping for your next car easier. With the Shop-by-Payment calculator, you don't have to worry about affecting your credit rating or any obligations to buy your vehicle. Just add in the value of your trade-in, downpayment, and what you want your monthly payment to be, and we will give you a list of cars we have available within your budget. All that's left after is to come in for a test drive and to deliver your trade-in.

Alternatively, you can just sell your car to us for a cash offer and walk away without buying anything new. Just use our online Kelly Blue Book Instant Cash Offer tool to value what your car is worth and receive a real offer that is valid for seven days. Bring in your car and your offer, and we will do an inspection to make sure that everything is good to go. Then, you give us the keys, and we give you the cash. It's easy.

A man is holding keys and gesturing towards a blue car while trying to sell my car.

Why Sell to a Dealership?

When it's time to sell your vehicle, you usually have the choice of selling it privately, going through an auction house, or selling it to a dealership. Many people attempt to privately sell their vehicles through listings such as Craigslist, eBay, or Autotrader. However, there's no guarantee that your vehicle will sell, and even less of a guarantee that the price will be a fair value for what your car is worth.

Not to mention, selling your vehicle privately can lead to long delays for the actual sale, offers falling through, or your car just simply getting lost in the shuffle of the internet and not finding a buyer at all. You're also in charge of handling the transfer of the vehicle title, documentation, maintenance records, and the vehicle history report. Many of the inconveniences handled by dealerships are the seller's responsibility when going the private route. If you aren't prepared to deal with the questions, paperwork, or time commitments to sell the vehicle privately, it can hinder the process of actually selling the automobile.

The benefit of selling through a dealership means that once you get the value of your car, truck, or SUV and gather all the necessary paperwork in a quick and easy time frame. You can sell the vehicle or trade it in at a dealership, and the salesperson will handle the heavy lifting. This alleviates the seller's burden of having to search out a buyer and manage all of the financial details. It also simplifies the process of the seller purchasing a new or used car, as well as using the vehicle sold to the dealership as equity to trade towards the purchase of something that catches the eye of the seller.

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What You Need to Know About Selling Your Vehicle

While selling to a dealership may remove some of the hurdles of trying to sell privately, there are still some things you need to know and have in your possession so that the process is made as straightforward and pleasant as can be. At the top of the list of things to have are the title and vehicle registration. These are needed to prove that you are the rightful owner of the car and that you have the authority to sell it. A dealership cannot buy your car without these things.

You should also have any existing loan information on hand. Trying to sell a vehicle with a lien on it or with existing loan payments still due could prove problematic, which is why it's important to talk to a representative right away about the condition and status of the vehicle before attempting to sell it or trade it in. A history of car repairs and previous ownership are also helpful information to provide.

Most places will value your car before even starting the buying process. Like us, many dealerships provide online calculators that allow you to input information on your car and give you an estimated offer. The dealership will then do an in-person inspection of your vehicle to ensure all of the information is accurate, and an official offer for the car will be made after. This offer may be different than the calculated value once the condition of the car is assessed in-person. If the condition of the car is satisfactory and the paperwork is in order, you can proceed to selling or trading-in your vehicle.

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