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What to Know Before Selling Your Car

How to Sell Your Car

When it’s time to upgrade to a new vehicle, you want to sell your current car as easily as possible. Whether you choose to sell privately or to a dealership like Bill Cramer Chevrolet Buick GMC, having the following done before you sell your car will help you save time and make more money.

  • Have the Right Papers on Hand: If you’re selling your car to a dealership you only need to provide the Vehicle Title. However, if you’re selling your car privately you need the Vehicle Title, a Vehicle History Report, Maintenance Records, any Warranty Documents, an “As-Is” Document, an Odometer Reading, and a Bill of Sale. Having these documents will help the car-selling process go faster and release you of any liability after the sale of the car.
  • Clean Up Your Car: Having your vehicle washed, detailed, and replacing parts like windshield wipers or floor mats is a great way to increase its value before you put it on the market or bring it into a dealership. While it’s not always necessary, ensuring your tire treads are an acceptable depth will increase your vehicle’s value. If they’re not it may be worth replacing them.
  • Write Down the Benefits Of Your Car: A detailed history of your vehicle’s additional features and a list of its accessories like bike mounts or extra key fobs will increase the value of your vehicle and make it more appealing to dealerships or private buyers.
  • Research Your Car’s Value: Use online resources at Cars.com, Kelley Blue Book, or the trade-in calculator at Bill Cramer Chevrolet Buick GMC to find the approximate value of your vehicle. You can use this information to find out how much you should expect for your vehicle or to negotiate the final price.

What to Expect at a Dealership

If you’ve decided to sell your vehicle to a dealership like Bill Cramer Chevrolet Buick GMC, you can expect the process to be easy and straightforward. There are a few steps you can take today to ensure you have a stress-free car selling experience.

  • Make an Appointment Beforehand: Make an appointment beforehand so the dealership knows to expect you. This way they can have all the documents and personnel they need on hand and ready for your car.
  • Ask for the Used Car Manager: When you make an appointment, ask for a Used Car Manager or a salesperson who is in charge of buying used vehicles. This person will collect your information and run a vehicle history report on your car.
  • Inspection: In some cases, your vehicle will be inspected to ensure its quality and mechanical condition. If you’ve cleaned and replaced small parts on your car, this inspection can help raise the price of the final sale. This inspection may be done by the Used Car Manager or the dealership’s service center.
  • Consider the Offer: The dealership will give you an offer based on the condition of your vehicle, their current used vehicle inventory, and the general price similar models are selling for. You can negotiate this offer if you’ve done your research, take the offer, or leave it. The offer may change depending on if you’re planning to buy a new vehicle from the dealership and trade-in your current car or just sell your car outright.

Why Sell Your Car to a Dealership?

You can choose to sell your vehicle privately or to a dealership. While selling your vehicle privately has its perks, there are many benefits that come with selling your car to a dealership:

  • Save Time & Avoid Hassles: Avoid the hassles that come with selling your car privately and save time in the process. By bringing your car to a dealership you won’t have to worry about listing your car online, fielding potential buyers, and inviting strangers to your home for test drives. Selling a car privately can also take weeks, while selling your car to a dealership may only take a few hours.
  • Lower Your New Car Price: When you sell your car to a dealership you can apply the trade-in value towards a new car. This allows you to offset the price of your new vehicle or significantly lower your monthly payments so you save more on your purchase.
  • Save on Your Taxes: When you trade-in your current vehicle and purchase another vehicle from Bill Cramer Chevrolet Buick GMC, you’ll only pay the sales tax on the difference between the trade-in value and the cost of your new car.

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Benefits of Selling Your Car to a Dealership

Selling your car privately has its perks, but when you choose to sell your vehicle to a local dealership you’ll find the process goes much faster and you’re guaranteed to have a reliable transaction. A local dealership will also handle all the DMV paperwork and file a vehicle history report so you don’t have to. All you need to provide is the vehicle title, but having a detailed record of the vehicle maintenance history, features, and accessories will help add value to your car. See the other benefits of selling your car to a dealership in our chart.

 

Dealership 

Private Sale

Apply trade-in value to a new car?

Yes

No

Fast sale?

Yes

No

Save on taxes?

Yes

No

Prepared to handle paperwork?

Yes

No

Reliable transaction?

Yes

Sometimes

Hassle-free experience?

Yes

Sometimes

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Panama City, FL 32405
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