Helpful Tips on How to Sell a Car

how to sell a carHow to sell a car can seem like a taxing premise.  So, it’s time to get rid of that old clunker and you are wondering if you should handle it yourself, providing you know how to accomplish this, or take it to a dealer. We can help you think through the pros and cons of how to sell a car and get the best deal.  In general, selling to a dealer is much easier than handling the sale yourself.

Dealers, such as the professionals at Peters Auto Mall, know how to evaluate cars and their re-sale values, and they are familiar with how to maneuver through the process. Unless you really enjoy paying for advertising, meeting and haggling with people who may-or-may-not know what they’re doing, letting strangers test drive your vehicle, and waiting at the DMV to get paperwork completed, why not do it the easy way? And, we will give you a written appraisal in as little as 20 minutes.  You’ll learn how to sell a car.

How to Sell a Car

Or, you may decide to trade your vehicle with us for a newer model instead of selling it outright. Even though you will be negotiating two amounts – one for the old and one for the new – this option is how you can make your transaction quicker because you drive in with the old one and drive home with the new one in a same-day business deal. On the surface, it may seem as if you don’t get the maximum amount for your trade-in, but that is more than offset by how simple and how convenient it is.

Either way, certain paperwork will be required when you sell your car. A vehicle’s title is the legal document that records ownership information. Each time that information changes, North Carolina’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires a title transfer. Also, you must provide a valid current registration and your current driver’s license. You can visit the NC DMV website for instructions on how to obtain these documents.

A Bill of Sale isn’t required if you deal with a private party, but the NC DMV recommends having one for your file. The Bill of Sale will include the buyer’s name and address, date of the transaction, price and method of payment.

5 Things to Do Before Selling

There are several things you can do to increase the value of your vehicle before you sell or trade it.

  1. Learn how much it’s worth by checking its Kelly Blue Book value. If it’s older or in bad condition, it may not be worth as much as you think.
  2. Make sure that all routine maintenance is done, documented and all records are available. Top off all the fluids – including oil, transmission, antifreeze, brake and windshield washer fluids.
  3. Fix all the “boo-boos” you know how and are able to fix. Fill in scratches and pull out minor dents; replace cracked or broken windows; patch any upholstery tears; be sure the tires are in good condition.
  4. Do a thorough interior and exterior cleaning, including floor mats and the engine.
  5. Remove all personal items from the passenger area and the trunk. Make sure everything that came with your car is still there – owner’s manual, jack, lug nut wrench, etc.

So, call or come by either of our locations at 2857 South Main Street or 301 W Fairfield Road in High Point to discuss how to sell your car. We are family-owned, having been in business since 1993, and are understandably proud of having grown into a large dealership that focuses on friendly sales and quality customer service.