By Chris Ward, March 28, 2018
- Register It With A Ride-Sharing Service Like Uber Or Lyft
- Sell It Yourself
- Give your car a makeover – The reason why this is important is pretty simple. People love a clean car that looks as close to new as possible when they’re out shopping for used cars. They’re even willing to fork out more dollars for a clean car! You should approach this with the mindset of a dealer. Getting your car detailed so it looks as good as new should cost you about $200 on average. That sounds like quite an amount to spend on a car you’re planning to sell, but the $200 you spend on detailing could bump up the value of your car by up to $500 extra dollars. The $200 is really an investment for a better sales price. Detailing includes things like buffing the car, cleaning the engine, shampooing the carpets, and giving the car a new paint job if it needs one. You can do it yourself for less money, but a professional will always do it much better, and the cost is worth it.
- Don’t leave in any unnecessary modifications – ‘unnecessary’ here is a subjective term. One prospective buyer may find the spoiler on your Honda Civic tasteful while another may not. Meanwhile, a spoiler on a Nissan 350Z may seem more appropriate than on a Honda Civic because the 350Z is the kind of car you add those mods to. At the end of the day, you need to put yourself in the mind of a prospective buyer. If they’re an older person looking to buy your Honda Civic, they probably won’t care for the spoiler. A younger person may find them amazing. On the other hand, your Nissan 350Z is likely to find buyers of a certain type who might appreciate such a car with mods more than one without. The best thing to do is to take off the mods and offer them as an extra, depending on who buys.
- Get your car serviced – This one is a no-brainer. The savvier among your buyers will want to know that your car has been serviced of late. Some of them will even check your engine for burnt oil before they begin negotiations. Getting your car serviced will also give you the chance to identify the most obvious engine flaws and get them sorted out early enough to avoid an embarrassing experience with the buyer.
- If you’re selling online, make a compelling listing for your car – If you’re planning on listing your car online, how you frame your listing matters for your conversion. Make sure your listing includes most of the keywords your potential buyers will be looking for. Also, give all the essential details of the car, such as the mileage, condition, and other important information about the car. Finally, make sure you take as many pictures from as many different angles as you can of the car. The photos will allow your buyers to inspect the car without having to visit your home and they will have more trust in your description when they can verify it with pictures.
- Lease Your Car