Posted on 01/04/22

8 Things To Remember Before Selling Your Car

8 Things To Remember Before Selling Your Car

It doesn't matter if you're a veteran flipper or just starting out, it never hurts having a refresher (or crash course) in how to sell cars. You're here to learn or re-learn how to do this. Move Car Auto Transport's car shipping experts will cover 8 things to remember before you sell a car. Get all the information you need before selling your car and then ship it with our trusted team!

Bring Your Paperwork Together

Before you even consider selling your car, ensure that you have the title. A car title is a legal document that establishes a person or company as the legal owner. You cannot transfer your car to someone else without it. Every state has its own rules regarding the transfer of car titles. Make sure you understand what you need to do in order to transfer ownership. You might need to transfer your car's title to the new state if you recently moved state but have an old car title. This is where it's important to research the rules of title transference in each state.

Find a good price, then set your asking price

It can be difficult to determine the price of your vehicle. However, it doesn't need to be complicated. Online research is your friend when it comes to pricing. You can search the same make, model year, and mileage to find Kelly Blue Book pricing for your car. You can search online car marketplaces after browsing Kelley Blue Book to find similar makes and models.

It is important to know "when" when selling a car. Once you have established a price range based on your research, your selling timeframe will determine the price you will be asking for. You will need to sell your car quickly, just like you would with a house. However, you can plan ahead and make sure you get the best price. You can list your car at the top end of the price range, hoping that someone is interested in what you have to offer at an affordable price.

Set a minimum in advance of negotiations

The United States is the only place where an asking price can be adjusted. This information is important to know before you list your car for sale. It will ensure that potential buyers don't surprise you and turn you down if they offer you a price lower than what you ask. Although you can be firm about accepting offers that match your asking price, this could lead to you losing potential sales. Before you put your car up for sale, you should establish a minimum price you are willing to pay. This number should be written down. Tape it into your fridge. Every morning, look at it before you start your day. It is important to keep it in your head every morning before you start your day. Are you terrible at bartering? You can enlist family members or friends who are naturally sales-oriented to negotiate for you. Although they may not be able to sell a car themselves, they can help you negotiate. You'll probably get a better deal from them than you could on your own.

Make Your Car Look Its Best

Sometimes it's the small things that really make a difference. Spending a few hundred dollars on the front end can save you thousands down the road when you sell your car. Make a list of all the damage to your car. You can repair any dents and clean up any scratches with inexpensive auto care products available at most shops before you take your car to a local body shop. You don't have to be a professional mechanic to fix minor issues. If not, you can ask a friend who is a skilled driver to help you or your local body shop to handle it for you. Before you sell your car, be smart about the amount of money that you will spend on it. It may be a good idea to skip the repairs if it seems like you will need to spend thousands on your car. Selling your car in its current state is always an option.

Take great (Current-Day) Pictures of Your Car

A great photo can make your car more attractive. Great photos will get you even further. You can take photos with your cell phone camera. You can enlist the assistance of someone who has a great Instagram or Facebook account if you are unsure about your eye. After you have taken the photos, make sure that they are properly arranged on your computer. You may need to consult someone who has some photo editing skills to make your photos pop. This will make your car stand out from thousands of other cars being sold online. One last tip: Make sure to upload recent photos of your vehicle. Five-year-old photos can be deceiving. This is a sure-fire way of starting haggling.

Share Your Ads

Selling your car these days is digitally possible. We are long gone from the days of pasteboards and window advertising. We won't stop anyone from advertising this way. The internet has a wealth of advertising and research tools at your disposal. Kelly Blue Book should be your first stop when you list your car. This is the most trusted and reputable website for selling and buying cars. Don't stop there. It is a good idea to list your car on and as well as eBay Auto and Craigslist. Do some research on specialty sites if you have a special car to see if there are people who might be interested in your vehicle. You should be smart about the choices you make when listing your car, but not too selective. The more buyers you can catch, the greater your chances of landing one.

The Sales Scale: Locale, Nationale, or Global?

Before you list your car, determine whether you are looking to sell it to local buyers or nationwide buyers. As we mentioned in the previous section, it is important to cast as wide a net as possible. The same logic applies mostly here. It's possible that a Wyoming rancher or a Connecticut soccer mom might be looking to purchase a 2006 Grey Toyota Camry with 135,000mi. If you are selling to the whole country, your chances of selling your car will be much higher. Online haggling is more difficult than offline, so if you open your car up to the public, it increases the chance that you will find a buyer who is willing to pay top dollars.

If you plan to sell your car to an international buyer or interstate, you will likely need to ship it. You must establish a method of shipping the money, title, as well as car safely and efficiently. Look for a company that is well-reviewed and affordable, as well as offers the options you want.

Consider Your Safety

The most important part of car-selling is knowing how to safely sell your car. Before you list your car, make sure you have a safety plan. This will help you know what to do if potential buyers call or email you. You can set up an email account for the sale of your car and get a Google Voice number to avoid having to give out your phone number and email address to strangers on the internet. Do not worry about voicemail being able to receive calls. Based on the voicemails and emails they reply to, assess whether calls seem suspicious or legit. If they pass your litmus tests, you can propose to meet up in public. If everything goes well, offer to supervise a test drive. For safety reasons, bring a friend along to either one or both of these meet-ups. Safety goes both ways, so your potential buyer may also bring a friend. Safety is something you should consider early on so that you can plan for every step.

Learn more and ship your car with Move Car Auto Transport

Move Car Auto Transport is the best option if you are looking for an affordable and reliable auto transport company if you sell your car to someone in another state. With our dedicated team of dispatchers and drivers working around the clock to get your car to its new owner, Move Car Auto Transport has been a leader in interstate auto shipping for the contiguous 48 States. We are confident that you will be convinced. See what satisfied customers have to say about Trustpilot. Get your instant quotation and ship with us now!