Selling Your Car – Do I still Need to do my Research?


We all know that doing extensive research is essential when buying a new or used car. There are so many things to take into consideration that we spend hours scouring the internet for information. After all, you don’t want to spend your well-earned money on a bad decision. That being said, selling your vehicle is just as nerve-wracking. There is so much more involved in selling a vehicle than merely accepting your payment and watching the buyer drive away.

The biggest risk when selling a car without doing any research is simple – you’ll be getting much less than your vehicle is worth. You might also damage your reputation as a vehicle seller in the future if you don’t follow the right protocols. Here’s what you need to know before selling your car.

Know how you want to sell your vehicle.

Do you want to trade it in or sell privately? Weigh the pros and cons of both options and decide which one best suits your needs. Selling your car privately might give you much more freedom, but this comes at the price of doing even more research. You would be responsible for every aspect of the sale. Compared to this, selling your car to a dealership or trading it in may seem much easier. Although it is more convenient from a research point of view, you might get much less than you bargained for. To sell your vehicle, decide on your needs as a seller and use these to decide which method is the most efficient for you as an individual and then find a trustworthy, reputable dealer.

Know your vehicle, inside and out.

You need not be a qualified mechanic, but you need to know about any problems or quirks your car might have before you sell it. You can take your car in for a pre-purchase inspection to determine how well your car would do on the market. You also need to know (and show) your car’s history. Buyers might feel more comfortable negotiating with someone who has their previous service history and maintenance receipts at hand. Lastly, you need to be able to give your buyer an outline of how your car will be able to perform in the future.

Market your vehicle efficiently.

Nothing hinders a sale like terrible marketing. Whether this is by not providing a positive description, or by posting low-quality photos online, it makes a lasting first impression on a buyer. Make sure that any photos of your car are clear, professional, and accurate. This goes hand in hand with making sure that the inside and outside of your car is clean and neat in photos/during a test-drive. Marketing your vehicle is not just about the vehicle itself, but how you treat your clients. Be polite, professional and patient when speaking to your clients.

Be safe.

If you decide to sell your vehicle privately, meet your buyer in a safe, public space. Do your research on how to negotiate test-drives or inspections. In addition to this, make sure you have a safe and secure method of payment that can give you as well as the buyer peace of mind.

If you feel uncomfortable with any aspect of the process of selling your vehicle, do not hesitate to ask for advice from a professional.