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How to Sell Your Car for the Highest Price Possible

Times have changed, and there are so many options for selling your used car beside taping the for sale sign on the windows of the car or trading in at the dealership.  The best strategy for selling your car depends on the type of the car, the local market, economy condition and just about everything else, but there are common preparation steps to exercise if you want get the most cash out of your car.

Gather All Your Records

If you can show buyers all your maintenance and service records, that will go a long way towards giving them peace of mind. You may already know what your has been through over the years, but the potential buyer doesn't and wouldn't just give full credit for your words.  Also, documenting all the options and addons you have could be a dicisive factor for a potential buyer.

Decision - Trade in vs Sell Yourself

Benefits of Trading It In
  • Fast and convenient
  • No costs for listing and selling
  • No personal calls/emails at home
  • Pay less sales tax on your new car

Why Sell It Yourself?
  • Negotiate directly with buyers
  • Usually get more for your car (about 15-25% more)
  • No dealer overhead cost

Your decision may ultimately come down to whether you have the time or inclination to do the selling yourself, or whether you prefer the convenience of letting someone else handle the process.

Another option is to get an instant offer from, which can be redeemed immediately at a participating local dealer, often with no new car purchase required. The online offer can serve as a starting point for the price you can get for your car today. It's a great option that just gives you more information about the value of your car. And there's no obligation once you receive an offer.

Determine a Realistic Price

Pricing your car realistically is also a big deal. Use car pricing sites such as NADA Guides and Kelley Blue Book to find out what your car is worth.

Put in your car's complete details and honest assessment of its condition to get an accurate estimate. You can also look at similar cars being sold on, Craigslist, or eBay Motors and use those to make a price comparison sheet. You might add a couple of hundred more dollars to your base price just to account for people haggling with you.

Make Sure the Listing Is Effective

Once you've done all that, you're ready to list your car for sale and get the words out to the largest target buyers as possible. Don't limit your ad to just one place, but try several online listing sources.

Most importantly, keep your listing as detailed and brutally honest as possible. Include every feature and detail about your car. You can really make your listing stand out to the buyers without spending too much time.

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