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Selling a Vehicle
There are a variety of reasons why it might be time to sell your car or truck: Your family has outgrown the sedan you purchased before your first child was born. You finally received that promotion you thought would never come. Your youngest child just left for college. Gas prices are soaring and that SUV no longer seems practical.
Whatever the reason may be, selling a used car or truck does not have to be a stressful undertaking. This section will help remove uncertainties like: what to do to prepare your car or truck for sale, how to price your car, where you should sell it, how to negotiate the best price, and how to complete the sale.
By following the roadmap outlined below you will reduce the stress and time it takes to sell your vehicle, while increasing the price you are able to sell it for. A sampling of what questions you can expect answers to is posted under each article title.
1. Private sale vs trade in
-- Should I sell my car or truck on my own or trade it in?
-- How much more can I expect to sell my car on my own for?
-- Why would a dealer be willing to offer full private party value on a trade in?
-- What are some of the steps involved when selling my car on my own?
-- When does selling your car or truck on your own make sense?
2. Enhancing the car appeal
-- What should I do to prepare my car or truck for sale?
-- How do I repair a crack in my windshield?
-- How do I detail my car on my own?
-- How do I find out if there is an open recall on my car or truck?
-- How long does it take to detail a car?
-- How much does vehicle detailing cost?
-- Where can I buy replacement parts for my car or truck?
3. Pricing your car right
-- Where should I go to find an accurate price for the car I want to sell?
-- How does the retail value compare to the private party value?
-- How much does a vehicle's condition impact the price?
-- What is Edmunds True Market Value Pricing?
-- Does a car or truck's location impact the price?
-- What does KBB stand for?
-- Where can I find prices that similar cars are selling for in my area?
-- How do I find what similar cars recently sold for?
-- Should I sell my car or truck to a salvage yard or auto recycler?
-- How does JunkMyCar.com work?
-- What vehicle features impact the price of a car?
4. Purchase a vehicle history report
-- Where does Carfax get its data?
-- What information is on a vehicle history report?
-- Does a vehicle history report have the entire history of a car or truck?
-- How much does a Carfax vehicle history report cost?
-- What is the Carfax History Impact?
-- What is a Carfax 1-owner vehicle?
-- Where can I find free vehicle history reports?
-- What is a VIN or VIN number?
-- Where can I find the vehicle identification number?
-- Will my car's service history be on the vehicle history report?
-- Can I add data like service records and other comments to the vehicle history report?
5. Have your vehicle inspected by a professional
-- Why should I have my car or truck inspected?
-- What do AiM Mobile Inspection technicians inspect?
-- How much does an AiM Mobile Inspection cost?
-- How long does the AiM Mobile Inspection take?
-- What will an AiM technician find that I would not have been able to?
-- When will I receive my report from AiM Mobile Inspection?
-- Does the AiM technician put the car or truck on a lift?
-- Is AiM Mobile Inspections a nationwide service?
-- Are AiM's inspectors full-time employees?
6. Where to sell your car or truck
-- Where should I list my car or truck for sale?
-- How much does it cost to sell a car online?
-- How much does it cost to sell a car at Vehix.com?
-- How much does it cost to sell a car at Cars.com?
-- How much does it cost to sell a car at eBay.com?
-- How much does it cost to sell a car at AutoTrader.com?
-- Do any websites let you sell your car or truck for free?
-- How long does it take to list a vehicle for sale online?
-- How easy is it to sell a car or truck online?
-- Is it safe to sell a car or truck online?
-- How does Swapalease work?
-- How does JunkMyCar work?
7. Dealing with prospective buyers
-- Should I let potential buyers test drive my car?
-- What forms of identification should I request before a buyer test drives my car?
-- What are some common questions I might be asked when selling a car?
-- What is the CARFAX Consumer Ratings and Comments section and how will it help me sell my car?
-- What questions might car shoppers ask?
-- How do I negotiate or haggle when selling my car?
-- How do I avoid getting scammed when selling a car or truck?
-- What is the most common scam when selling a car or truck?
8. How to transfer the title
-- How do I transfer a title when selling a car or truck?
-- Should I use an online escrow service?
-- How does Escrow.com work?
-- How much does Escrow.com cost?
-- Should I use a notary when selling my vehicle?
-- What is my DMV's phone number?
-- Where is the closest DMV to my house?
-- Is the title cleared of any liens?
-- What does "release of lien" mean?
-- What does a "clear title" mean?