When and How to Sell Your Car

October 21, 2022

What to do when selling a car

By Kale Hughes

Auto House Phoenix

Have you ever asked yourself “should I sell my car,” but didn’t know where to start? We at Auto House know that the decision to part ways with your vehicle is not always an easy one, but we are committed to making the process as smooth as possible for you. 

There are many reasons why someone might want to sell their vehicle. One of the most common reasons is because they are about to purchase a new one and no longer have a need for the old one, in which case there is a tax benefit to trading the car in at a dealership rather than selling it first and then buying a new one.. Another reason is that they have been in an accident. There are also people who buy cars for investment purposes, so when the time comes, they can sell them at a higher price than what they paid for them originally. And sometimes, someone’s lifestyle or living situation may change, resulting in an extra vehicle that is simply no longer needed. 

Once you have made the decision to move forward with letting your vehicle go, the next question that you might ask is, what do I need to sell my car? There are many factors to consider and it can be tricky, but if you do a few key things before selling, it can be a lot easier than you think. Whatever your reasoning is for wanting to sell your car, here are some things that you should consider during the process. The first step to selling your car is determining the price. There are a few ways to do this, such as requesting a site-unseen price estimate online from a trusted source like Kelly Blue Book Instant Cash Offer. Even better, visit the Sell Your Car page on our website and get an instant, fair price estimate straight from Auto House! Online tools such as these tools provide you a good idea of the dollar amount that you may be offered based on the information about your car that you input. The next step is to do an online search to estimate what others might be willing to pay for that same make and model of car. After that you will need to decide if you would like to take the extra time to market and sell your car via private party or sell it quicker and more efficiently at your local dealership. If you decide to go the dealership route, and have determined the price point that you hope to receive, then go ahead and schedule an in person inspection to obtain an official offer.

A few other things that you may want to take care of prior to taking your vehicle in for an inspection and appraisal are:

– Removing any personal belongings from the vehicle

– Cleaning/Detailing the interior and exterior of your vehicle

– Inspecting all fluids, brake systems and tire tread depth to make sure that they are all at acceptable levels

– Making sure that your vehicle is free of any major mechanical and aesthetic damage (dents,  scratches, etc)

– Confirming that there are no warning lights on the dashboard and that all electrical systems  are working properly

Once you are confident that your vehicle is ready to show, make sure that you know what your 20 day payoff amount is to your lender, or if you own it outright, have the physical title ready to transfer before taking it into the dealership. If you want the professionals to help you with the sale of your car, contact Auto House so we can provide you a fast, easy and fair quote. We’ll even  pay you today with the receipt of a clear title! 


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