When the time comes to upgrade to a new car, it helps to be able to sell your old one for as much as possible. And while it's helpful that you've done such a good job taking care of it all these years, a successful sale requires more than just maintenance. If you would like to learn more about finding a buyer for your used car, read on. This article will present three tips to make the process quick and easy.
Make your online listing stand out.
Online classifieds are a great way to try and sell a used car. In fact, they're such a great way that hundreds upon hundreds of listings appear each day. A vast majority of these--even those that appear to be private sellers--are dealer listings. Thus you can greatly increase your credibility by identifying yourself as a private party in the headline of your ad. Likewise, if you are the original owner, be sure to include this information as well.
Construct a master document outlining the car's service history.
It's great that you've been diligently saving all of those auto repair and service records throughout the years. But the last thing a potential buyer is going to want to do is sift through them all to find out what kind of work you've had done, and when. Rather than overwhelm them with a huge pile of receipts, collate the key points of all that information into a single document.
When organizing this master list, for each item be sure to include:
- the date
- the mileage of the car
- the type of service provided, including any parts that were replaced or upgraded
Staple this document to the front of the folder containing all of the service receipts. That way it will be easy for interested parties to appreciate all of the work you've done keeping your car in good shape. Go to website for car service or repairs to make sure your car is up to date on its service needs.
Create quality signage.
It's important to target potential buyers with signage posted on the inside of one of your car's side windows. But don't just slap up a generic "for sale" sign you picked up at the store. Instead, create your own document listing the following types of information:
- make and model of the car
- other selling features
- phone number
Make sure the layout is clear and the font is large enough to be easily read. Then print this same information on a series of smaller pieces of paper, roughly the size of business cards. Place these inside of a clear plastic page protector and affix it to the outside of your car. This will greatly increase the likelihood that a potential buyer will follow through on contacting you.