How to Get Your Car Ready to Sell

September 5th, 2018 by

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There are plenty of reasons to sell your car in Kansas City. Maybe you’re ready for upgrades in technology and safety features or you want to switch automotive brands and buy a new Kia. Perhaps your Independence family is growing and you need a larger vehicle. Whatever your reasoning, it’s important to take the following steps to get your car ready to sell.

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4 Steps to Get Your Car Ready to Sell

1. Know the market: Do some research to find out if your vehicle will likely sell quickly or if it might take some time. It’s more challenging to sell convertibles in the winter, for example. You’ll also want to find out what you vehicle is worth. You can use resources like Kelley Blue Book to figure out your car’s value.

2. Price accordingly: Once you have a sense of how popular your car will be and how much you should expect, you can set your price. You want to be competitive, so it might be helpful to see what similar vehicles are priced at. You’ll also need to decide if your price is firm or if you’re willing to negotiate.

3. Get it ready: Before you take photos and list your car for sale near Raytown, you’ll want to thoroughly clean it inside and out and remove any personal items. You might also want to consider having a mechanic check out it out and have any small repairs completed.

4. Get your papers in order: To sell your car, you’ll need the title, bill of sale, any maintenance records, release of liability, and any warranty documents if the car is still under warranty.

Selling Yourself vs. Selling to a Dealership

When you’re ready to sell your car, you’ll need to figure out if you’ll be selling your car privately of if you want to sell it to a dealership.

If you’re selling your car privately, you can create online ads and let people know via word of mouth that you have a car for sale near Lee's Summit. You get to set your own price and your own terms.

If you sell it to a dealership, they’ll appraise the car and offer you an amount. You can accept that amount or try to negotiate. If you’re trading in your vehicle, that amount can be put towards the purchase of your new vehicle. And, be sure to learn more about the Kia brand, its history, and if Kia makes a truck

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