If you have a vehicle that you no longer need or want to drive, you will want to sell the car. Selling the vehicle will allow you to get rid of a vehicle you don't want or drive and will let you get a little extra cash in your pocket.
When it comes to selling your vehicle, it helps to have a little knowledge and assistance so that you can effectively sell the vehicle in a timely manner.
Understand How to Establish a Paper Trail
When you are selling a vehicle as a private party, it is important to establish a paper trail, as you don't have a dealership to take care of this for you. The exact rules vary for transferring a title from one state to the next, but there is always paperwork involved.
Usually, you have to sign the back of the existing title before handing it over to the buyer. You need to put the sales price, date, and exact odometer reading. Getting the odometer reading precisely accurate is important, as the odometer reading is what legally signifies the moment that the car is no longer in your ownership.
Additionally, it is a good idea to get a bill of sales. In many states, you may also want to have the buyer sign a release of liability form as well. You can find versions of these forms to download online, or you may be able to pick some up from your Department of Motor Vehicle.
Be sure to get a copy of the forms after they are signed or take a picture and scan the documents to create a digital paper trail.
Get Together Repair Records
Second, you are going to want to get your repair records together. You have a better chance of getting the price you want when you can provide the buyer with the repair records.
Before you hand over repair records, be sure to remove any personal information, such as credit card numbers or debit card information. You don't want to give someone who is essentially a stranger that information.
Clean Your Vehicle
Third, you are going to want to clean up your vehicle. You will want to wash the outside of your vehicle, and you may want to give it a little wax job as well. For the inside of the vehicle, pay to get it detailed, or take your time to detail the vehicle personally. Vacuum the car in detail, get in the cracks of the seats and remove the floor mats. Wipe down all the storage containers and nooks and crannies of the vehicle.
A clean vehicle will look like it was taken care of and will be much more appealing to a buyer. No one wants to buy a dirty vehicle and clean up someone else's mess. When you clean up your vehicle, be sure to remove personal items as well.
If you want to sell a vehicle that you don't need anymore, be sure to get together the right paperwork to complete the sale, such as the vehicle title, bill of sales, and release of liability. Get together repair records to show how you took care of the vehicle. Be sure to clean it up good before you list the vehicle for sale.
Use these tips to get started selling your car.Share
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