Do’s and Don’ts When Selling a Car

Do’s and Don’ts When Selling Your Car in Greenville, SC

Ready to sell or trade in your vehicle, but not sure where to start? We can help. Here at Audi Greenville, we know that finding the right buyer for your car can be a journey full of ups and downs. That’s why we want to share our do’s and don’ts for selling your vehicle. Take a look at the tips below and you’ll learn how to prepare properly, find a buyer and complete the necessary paperwork to sell your car with as little hassle as possible.

Finding your vehicle’s accurate value is crucial for setting the right price. Otherwise, you might base its price on your personal experiences with the car (or just choose a price at random) and set it too high or too low. Use Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds, two trusted sources for vehicle valuations, to get an appraisal based on your vehicle’s year, make, model, features, condition and mileage. When you do get an offer for your vehicle from a potential buyer, take your time before accepting. Don’t say yes too quickly out of relief that you’ve received an offer. If the offer is too low, counter and see if the buyer accepts. Remember you can always walk away.

Make your vehicle shine — literally — by cleaning it up and removing all personal items before taking photos and posting them online. Wash your vehicle and vacuum it out so it looks like-new. Don’t forget to write a clear description of your car when you post it online as well. Photos and descriptions can make or break a potential sale.

It’s a good idea to have small maintenance tasks taken care of before you sell your vehicle, but don’t go overboard. Repairing major components, like your engine, transmission or brakes, might leave you with a significant bill — and you might not break even after you sell your vehicle. It might be a better idea to sell your vehicle “as-is” and be honest with the buyer about the repairs that need to be made.

In the same vein, don’t omit important details about your vehicle when selling. While you may be tempted to make your car look better by neglecting to mention necessary repairs, you’ll pay the price in the long run when buyers realize you misled them. Be honest in your description and pricing, and don’t claim to have a bevy of other buyers waiting in the wings if it’s not true.

Providing service records — and even your vehicle’s CarFax report — gives buyers a complete history of repairs and accidents your model has been through.

Once you’ve accepted an offer for your vehicle, there’s a lot of necessary paperwork that must be filled out. Forms differ from state to state, but you must officially transfer title ownership and complete a form releasing you from liability once the car is legally sold to your buyer. You can find out more about these forms at your local DMV. Make sure that the buyer does their part of the paperwork as well, or your forms will be considered incomplete.

Keep in mind that, if you sell or trade in at a dealership (such as Audi Greenville), the paperwork will be taken care of for you. Plus, you won’t have to take pictures, list your vehicle online and haggle with potential buyers. Selling to a dealership is a much less stressful process as compared to selling to a private buyer.

Still not sure whether you should sell your car to an individual or trade it at a dealership? Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of selling to us versus selling to a private buyer. We make every step stress-free, from the initial offer to the final paperwork. Plus, you can get an Instant Cash Offer in just a few easy steps. So don’t wait — sell your car to Audi Greenville today.

If you have any questions or you’re ready to sell us your vehicle, let us know by contacting us online or visiting our dealership in person. We are located at 200 Duvall Drive, Greenville, SC 29607, and we look forward to serving our customers from Spartanburg, Anderson and the Upstate.