Margaret Pittelkow: There are many ways to sell a vehicle that nearly a third are sold directly by their owners every year. AAAs auto buying experts have five tips to successfully sell your own car.
First, prepare your vehicle to sold, have it professional detailed and remove personal items including exterior stickers. Have it inspected by repair show and ask for detailed report.
Second, determine an appropriate selling price. Be realistic about the car's condition. Very few vehicles are in excellent condition.
Third, market your vehicle for sale. Use social media and online websites to let others know you are selling your vehicle. Be sure to include contact information and post colorful interior and exterior photos to support the vehicle's description.
Fourth, be prepared to show prospective buyers the vehicle. Meet potential buyers in a public location and don't let them test drive the vehicle alone. Have detailed information available, including a vehicle history report and maintenance documents.
Finally, secure payment before you transfer ownership. Create a bill of sale that both parties can sign and have it notarized. Completing the transaction at a bank is a good idea, as it will allow you not only to verify funds but also provide access to a notary.
Selling a vehicle yourself isn't difficult, but it does take time and effort. With the right information and a little work, you too can make a sale.