Find the Value of Your Vehicle

There are websites that calculate the value of your car. You just need to know the make, model, year, and the condition it’s in like if it’s been in an accident or has been treated for recalls. Kelley Blue Book will give you an instant cash offer after you put in your information. You can learn more with our guide “How An Instant Cash Offer Works”. 

Even though certain models go for certain prices, the way you take care of your vehicle greatly affects your specific value. Throughout the time of your ownership, it’s important to stay up to date with oil changes and other regular maintenance. For a more immediate boost to your vehicle’s value, you should get it professionally detailed. Buyers are less hesitant to buy a used car if it looks new. The value can also increase if it’s still under warranty, assuming that the warranty is transferable. 

Factors that will hurt your value include untreated recalls, needed repairs, and lack of proper maintenance. Whether you sell your vehicle on your own or to a dealership, the buyer won’t want to pay for extra work that needs to be done. A good seller is one that looks nice and is ready to go. 

Selling Your Vehicle at a Dealership

Bringing your car to a dealership is the easiest and fastest way to get cash or trade-in credit. All you need to do is bring some paperwork and the keys, and a sales person will do the rest. This is the best option if you don’t want to spend days looking for a buyer. You can get in and get out with your cash or a new car within hours. 

Before you bring your vehicle to a dealership, make sure you have these:
The title for your vehicle
A check with your lender (if you’re still making payments)
A vehicle history report
Anything else that is required by the DMV

Selling the Vehicle, Yourself

Selling a vehicle on your own is totally doable, although it will take just a little bit more work. You’ll still need to determine the value of your car, fix it up real nice, and have the proper paperwork handy. After that, you can start listing your vehicle and find potential buyers. 

When listing your vehicle online, you’ll want to share great photos and useful information. Your photo should show your car prominently in a clear environment. People will be able to see the dirt and bugs on your car which is why it’s important to get it cleaned inside and out. You should take photos from every angle and plenty of them should be from the inside. Buyers are more likely to be interested in a vehicle when they can see as much as they can before going to scope it out in person.

You might get a lot of calls about your offer. If you do, you best screen your calls. By the tone of their voice, you’ll be able to tell if someone genuinely wants your vehicle or if they’re just looking for any car they can find to flip for easy money. Why does it matter? People looking to flip cars will haggle you for the cheapest price because they’re looking to make a profit.

Allowing potential buyers to test-drive your vehicle is a good way for them to feel more comfortable purchasing your car. As you accompany them during the test drive, you can use this time to become familiar with them and answer any questions they might have. 

Bring your vehicle to any Prieto Automotive store and we’ll be happy to take your vehicle off your hands. All you need to do is bring in some basic paperwork and we’ll pull up your car’s value and make you an offer. We make this a quick and easy process so you can get your cash and go on with your day.