Tips for Preparing to Sell the Family Car

Are you ready to sell your family car? Maybe you need a larger or smaller car for your family. Either way, proper preparation will ensure the greatest selling price for your car. Follow these recommendations from the professionals for getting the most for your used car.

Take the time to do the research on the value of your car. Selling it privately to an individual will result in a higher price than selling it to a dealer or used car lot. Assess the condition of your car, know all of the extra features, have the mileage and vehicle identification number available. Most of the websites will ask for this information to determine the resale value of your car. If your car is not in excellent condition, don’t suggest that it is. Once you’ve determined the value of your car, begin preparing your vehicle for sale.

Take advantage of the awesome savings offered by Groupon coupons and stock up on car cleaning supplies to begin the process of detailing your car. Other than the owner’s manual, nothing should be in the car that wasn’t provided by the manufacturer. Thoroughly clean the carpet, leather and upholstery. Pay special attention to the dash board and console areas. Spray the tires and exterior of the vehicle and thoroughly wash down. Secure all of the maintenance records in a folder. Discerning buyers will be eager to see that the car has been serviced on a consistent basis.

Select a website on which to list your car for sale. There are many popular local sites. Drive the car to an area suitable for photography. Remove or cover the license plate for security purposes. Take several photos of the exterior, tires and interior of the car. Select quality photos for posting with your online listing. Give a detailed description of the car and if appropriate, why you’re selling. Do not list your home phone number or address, but communicate with prospective buyers through the website portal. Best of luck to you!