How to Get the Best Deal Selling Your Used Car

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If your car has sat unused for months now, whether due to COVID-19 related reasons or not, it’s a good sign it’s time to sell it on. After all, it can be much more expensive to allow it to be parked for long periods of time, or if you’re on a lower income, and there’s someone out there who would get more bang for their buck if you sold your vehicle to them. But before you accept any offers, make sure you know how to get the best deal out of the selling process with our advice below. 

Your Car Needs to Look Good

The first thing to do is ensure your car looks good. The paintwork hasn’t been scratched at all, and you’re sure there are no dents in the body, and the tires have the right pressure to them, etc., are all good ways to increase your car’s aesthetic. When a car looks good, and clean, and even shiny thanks to waxing and polishing, you’re much more likely to attract a buyer at a higher price. 

Your Car Needs to Work Well

Of course, if you’re going to be making as much money as possible on your used car, you’re going to need to return it to a working, drivable state. Parking for a long time can cause damage to your car in a variety of ways, including a flat battery or a clogged fuel tank, but ensure you’re visiting a local mechanic to get your car seen for potential structural damage as well. 

For example, if you’re in the Salt Lake City area, visiting a collision repair shop in SLC, can help get your car up to top shape, meaning more profits for you by the end. 

Your Advert Needs the Right Tone

Now comes wording the ad right. Take a good picture of your car–the backdrop needs to be subtle and provide your car with the best angles. Similarly, come up with at least 5 of your vehicle’s best features to detail in length in the ad and try to minimize any setbacks a buyer will have to deal with–be honest, but be brief here. 

And… You Need the Right Payment Option

If you’re going to sell your car yourself, you need to ensure you’re getting your money in a safe and secure manner from the buyer. Without going through a dealership, you won’t have seller protection to make use of, and your car title could be signed over under false pretenses. 

Mostly, second hand car sellers accept cash from buyers, as it’s the most straightforward method of payment. However, you can also be open to accepting cheques quite securely, as long as the buyer hands over a cashier’s check (meaning the money is guaranteed by the bank), rather than a personal one. 

Selling a used car can be tricky, but you can get a good deal on it when you’re using general, commercial rules like these.