How to Sell a Car

How to Sell a Car


How to Sell a Car. No one likes selling a car and feeling like
you got taken. Consider these details to be sure that you’re
in the driver’s seat. You will need Internet access Power washer
Vacuum Car wax Paperwork Advertising options Discernment Trust Negotiation skills Title
and detail shop (optional). Step 1. Know what the market will bear for your car
when you put it up for sale by owner, privately handling the deal to make the most money. Do your research online, making comparisons
to set your expectations. Step 2. Clean the inside of the car, power wash the
engine, and detail the body, including a good wax job. Have it in complete working order so no questions
or doubts stall the negotiation. You can pay a good detail shop to do the whole
thing. Step 3. Price the car so it sells. Ask for more than you’ll accept and maintain
enough room to make a decent profit without chasing people away with an unrealistic number. But be ready to let a few possible buyers
walk away. Step 4. Gather the car’s title, recent emissions certifications,
registration, and receipts from work you’ve had done, and then identify whatever release
of title information you need from your state’s motor vehicle department. Step 5. Advertise in the car classifieds online or
in your local paper, leave flyers on store bulletin boards, and put a sign in the car’s
window when it’s parked. Refer to the price as the “asking price,”
or close the issue to limit haggles by using the word “firm.” Step 6. Screen callers to determine the serious parties,
even if you’re just going on intuition. If you’re nervous and want to keep it all
business, meet them away from your home, perhaps in a parking lot. Remember that the buyer’s trust in you is
important. Be yourself, and don’t rush them or appear
sneaky or desperate. Be willing to answer questions. Step 7. Let the prospective buyers drive the car if
they show you their driver’s license. In most cases you can ride along with them,
but if you demonstrate trust and let them go on their own, it might make the deal more
attractive to them. Step 8. Negotiate a price by explaining the quality
they’re getting and the fairness of your offer. Make them work for their price and prove why
it should be less. If other buyers have been looking at the car,
say so and keep the pressure on. Step 9. Sign over the title either at the bank or
the motor vehicles office, which you’ll have to do if the buyer needs a temporary operating
permit based on the bill of sale. Confirm in writing on the bill of sale that
this is the full and final deal. Then take the money and run — or buy another
car. Did you know In 2008, more than 36 million
used cars were sold — almost 3 times new car sales.