When the time comes to sell your old car, there are a few things you can do to help sell it faster. There are some services that will offer to buy it, but these services often will not pay as much as a private buyer, especially if the car is in good shape or is something that the buyer has been looking to buy for a while. Here are some tips for selling your car.
Wash and Clean Out the Car
Washing your car can make a big difference when you are trying to sell it. Even for cars that are older and have rough bodies or paint on them, clean cars always look better than one that is sitting in the yard, collecting dust and dirt.
When you place a for-sale sign on the car, more people will stop and look at it if the vehicle is clean. A simple, mild soap-and-water wash is enough to take all the dirt off without a lot of effort, and it can increase the price people are willing to pay for it. Even an increase of fifty or a hundred dollars in the sale price is worth the few minutes it takes to wash the car.
If you have a lot of stuff inside the car, it is a good idea to take it out. Don't show the car to people with trash and other items in it that they are not getting with the vehicle if possible. If you are selling the vehicle to a lot, they are likely to offer you more for a clean and tidy car than they would for a vehicle full of trash.
Make Minor Repairs
When you are ready to start advertising your car, fixing a few small items to make the car run better or installing a few accessories in the car for conveniences can be worth your efforts. Advertising the car with a note, including the repairs, will let people know that you did not neglect the car and tried to keep it up while you owned it.
There are some companies that offer money for junk cars, and they will often buy older cars to repair and resell. The better your car looks and runs, the more they will be willing to pay for the vehicle. If you are having trouble selling the car because of the age or condition, these services may be a great option.