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When and how should you sell your car

By Brown Ezilon.com Articles Published 07/9/2009 | Auto and Trucks

In general if you do intend to sell your car, do it yourself! Do not rely on car dealers, who will make sure they get a high percentage from the sale of your car. Another important rule, is sell your car before it starts falling apart! Obviously that is a slight exaggeration, but you should sell it before you have to start replacing spare parts, which can get expensive when this occurs regularly.

A car should be put up for sale before its value declines too much and before you have to start spending for mechanical problems. Ask a mechanic what you should be expecting from your car in the near future, what mechanical problems may arise and when? As far as mileage goes, it is crucial to sell your car before you reach the six-figure mark. I mean lets face it would you buy a car with 100,000 miles on the meter?

When, eventually you decide to sell, you will have to get an idea of the price range you should be selling at. You can get a precise idea from the NADA guides or used car classified. Another good option is checking car sale websites, look for your model and mileage and check the price range you can ask for. The year, mileage and model factors are not the only criteria, you must also take into account, how your car has been taken care of. Have you got new tyres on it, have you changed specific car parts, can you provide a service and maintenance record or a clean history report?  These factors must also be taken into account when determining the price.

In general terms it is best to sell privately, but if you do not want to go through the hassle of passing an ad and taking care of paper work amongst other things, and you intend to buy a new car as a substitute to yours, then you can of course trade your car in for a new one. Remember that you will be getting a lot less for your car if you choose this option; after all, that is how car dealers make a living!

If you do sell it privately make sure you prepare your car for the sale. Obviously a thorough cleaning is a must. Wash it externally, wax it and check for minor repairing, such as scratches, chips. Clean the inside with a vacuum cleaner and special cleaning sprays for the seats, do not forget the windows, inside and out or the boot. Once you have done this, check the tyre pressure and add tyre shine, check the fluids, only then take photos of the cars best posture in order to pass an ad. Remember that if you do not add photos, potential buyers, will not bother with your ad.

Then proceed with your advertisement, place a For Sale sign on the car as well as marketing it on the Internet or local newspapers. If you want to sell your car quickly, place it on various websites and newspapers. If the car does not sell within the first two weeks, your strategy is faulty some where along the line! For a successful sale make sure your price is correct and your ads are extensive.