Selling My Car: Tips and Tricks to Get Top Dollar

Selling My Car: Tips and Tricks to Get Top Dollar

When it comes to selling your used car, you, of course, need to find out what it is worth and what it can sell for within range. These are good things to consider when starting the process as a whole. Deep thought, evaluation, and well done research have never proven to do anyone harm in the long run. In fact, we know this, but tend to forget it. When we are more prepared as a whole, we can expect a better transaction, action, and overall result in the long run. Thus, it is important to know one’s game and to know it well, staying above the competition. In this case, the game is selling a car. Let us begin…..

First of all, allow me to bring to mind a fantastic quote with another expert opinion on the matter. I quote:

“Your first step is to check on-line classified ads to see how much other sellers are asking for your type of car. Keep in mind that dealers will have different prices than private party listings. The eBay.com classifieds and other Internet sites allow you to search with specific criteria. (https://www.edmunds.com/sell-car/10-steps-to-selling-your-car.html, pg. 1, paragraph 1)

I fully agree with this information. There is a lot of very basic and simple knowledge here which people tend to overlook. This happens more often than you may think, and it does so especially when timelines and money are on one’s thoughts. At times, both tend to cloud judgment, and that is not a good thing in any case. What is also interesting to note, and I once again use fellow expert knowledge in quoting, is the fact that:

“There are always some exceptions to the rules of pricing, so you should follow your intuition. And be sure to leave a little wiggle room in your asking price. Ask for slightly more money than you are actually willing to accept. If you want to get $12,000 for the car, you should list the car at $13,500.” (https://www.edmunds.com/sell-car/10-steps-to-selling-your-car-pg2.html, pg. 2, paragraph 1)

You have more than likely noticed the degree of creativity which is superfluous and overabundant, in my own opinion, as it relates to professional car salesman and their dealerships. People can really get incredibly thoughtful, creative, and unendingly original when it comes to finding new ways t make an extra dollar or two. No one out there says that you cannot do the same. So do get creative. Give new ideas a try, and you will be more than surprised with what you can find yourself coming up with. You never know until you try…..

There is another wonderful point which I would like to take the time to mention. Please pay some attention to this in particular. It is worth noting, and I quote:

“When people come to look at your car, they will probably make up their minds to buy it or not within the first few seconds. This is based on their first look at the car.” (https://www.edmunds.com/sell-car/10-steps-to-selling-your-car-pg3.html, pg. 1, paragraph 1)

Now, this is, once again in my own personal and limited pinion, perhaps the very most important and key fundamental part of the process as a whole. Believe it or not, this is one part which most people quite easily overlook, in place of pricing and other important details. Yet this one is no less crucial, and I will explain why…..

When it comes to that very first impression, which is either well-made or broken within the first few seconds, every detail matters. You want to shine. You want your car to shine as well, and I do mean literally. People want to envision themselves in your car, in its best and most attractive state. I refer to both the inside and the outside of the car as a whole. Do keep this in mind too. If my personal first impression of a car which I am looking at is dirty, old, and tainted, do you think that I will want to have memories of myself driving in any sort of car in that state? Whether or not it can later be cleaned and polished to look more professional & attractive is entirely beside the point. You want to impress from day one, moment one.

If you fail to keep that first impression for any potential buyers, then you may lose a second visit or phone call from them in return. This wastes both your time and theirs. What could happen, for example, is that they see another used car from another owner, which is well polished and showing only its best feet forward, as they say. Now between the two cars, which car do you think will have a better lasting impression? I will leave you to decide that; I believe I have said enough on the matter.