Selling an old car can be quite challenging, especially when you don’t have sales experience, and especially if the car isn’t in that great of a condition. It’s a process that involves a few things people don’t like to do; cleaning the car, marketing it and discussing money with complete strangers. This can be an issue when the car is in great shape but an even bigger problem when it’s not. That said, the time and effort you put into preparing your car can help you quickly sell it for a reasonable price. However, if the vehicle is too old, not in working condition or too dilapidated, then you may not want to bother with selling it in the conventional methods; the money just isn’t there. In this case, you might want to try a salvage yard. These businesses can usually make an offer on any type of car, working or not.
What To Do?
Realize that selling your old car is not a quick process. You can’t just put a “For Sale” sign and expect it to be gone within a few hours. You have to prepare the car, show it and wait for the right buyer to come along. Here are a few tips that can help you get the most marketability for your car.
Inspect the Car
Give your car a good once over. Ask yourself, “If I were in the market for a used car, would I want to buy this car?” The answer to this question and the actual market value of the car will help you decide on who to sell it to. If the market value is high, then you’ll need to do a few things to prepare the vehicle for sale. But if the market value is under $1,000, or the car has some serious mechanical issues, then you may not want to sell it to the average consumer. Instead, you might want to offer it to a second hand parts provider or salvage yard. These businesses make up their mind pretty quickly. All you have to do is call them up and they will make you an offer. Of course, you can’t expect a salvage yard offer to be very high, but this is certainly a way to make quick cash. Remember, used car sales is their business.
My Car Is Not a Junk Car!
If your car is in great shape and certainly worth a few thousand dollars, then you want to prepare it for the sale. Think about it! People like to buy clean, nice-looking cars. It may be psychological, but most people feel that a clean car means it has been well taken care of. So take the time to get rid of the dirt, stains, crumbs and trash. Leaving this stuff here just cheapens the car and turns people off. If possible, you want to get the car detailed. Yes, a good detailing may cost $100 or so, but you’ll make up for it in the final sale.
Get the car serviced while you’re at it. Change the oil and repair any obvious flaws. Consumers don’t usually want to buy a non-working car so be sure to take care of any obvious mechanical issues.
Once you get the car looking good. Place a “For Sale” sign on it and put the car in visible but secure location. Be sure that your phone number is clearly visible. You can also place ads on Craigslist, eBay or any other digital classified website. This will give the car more visibility. Be sure to keep the car clean and your advertisements current for as long as it takes you to sell the car.