HOW TO SELL YOUR CAR
KGI Finder Guide On Selling has a few steps to getting the best price and outcome from the vehicle you are selling. Listed below are some steps and hints to sell your vehicle.
EVALUATE YOUR VEHICLE
When looking to evaluate your vehicle, you have to be honest with yourself about the popularity and desirability of the vehicle you’re selling. Time should be taken to research the going rate for your vehicle through a registered appraiser or dealerships that may be selling vehicles like yours. Only then will you know where and how to determine a good selling price
DETERMINE YOUR ASKING PRICE
By doing a little research before deciding your asking price, you can spend some time on our site www.kgifinder.com to compare prices in your Island or Region. By finding the correct going rate for your make and model there are other aspects to consider such as:
• Special features
Other factors that determine the selling price of a vehicle is if major cosmetic or mechanical improvements were made to the car recently be sure to boost your price accordingly. A new set of high quality tires, a rebuilt engine, a replaced transmission still under warranty, or a top-of-the-line paint job will add to the value of the vehicle and you should be compensated for those upgrades that make your vehicle more reliable and desirable. Create a file with paperwork, receipts and any other evidence regarding any major work to show any potential buyers. Once you have decided your selling price boost your figure slightly to provide negotiating room between you and potential buyers.
DECIDE WHERE TO SELL
Methods for selling a used vehicle include hanging a “for sale” sign in the vehicle; buying a classified ad in the local newspaper; and trading in the car at a nearby car dealership. These traditional approaches all have varying degrees of success an also inherent a huge investment of time, money & energy.
Sellers are now using more non-traditional ways to sell vehicles. The popularity of the Internet has allowed for sites like www.kgifinder.com to assist you in a variety of ways to sell your vehicle. For a small fee, your vehicle ad can be posted with vehicle details and pictures allowing for interested parties to get as much information on the vehicle as possible and also be able to contact you online for more information. One huge benefit for using this method is you as the seller are able to give as much vital information as possible to a potential buyer via communication through the contact dealer tab located on each listing. All questions can be asked and answered, the seller and the buyer can make judgement on whether to proceed with buying or selling the vehicle.
DETAIL YOUR VEHICLE
A little investment into some vehicle maintenance and a clean-up can reap big dividends when selling your vehicle. Some cosmetic changes can make the difference in making a great first impression on potential buyers, and can vastly improve your chances of getting your asking price. Minor maintenance that will cost you very little but can enhance the appeal of your vehicle includes:
• Wash and wax the car
• Tidy the interior and empty the trunk
• Clean the carpet and upholstery
• Shine up the tires and hub caps
Further steps you can make are to fix any minor repairs, an inexpensive oil change, make sure the tire pressure is at the recommended level; also an air freshener helps with first impressions when entering a vehicle. It can also be useful to ask a friend/relative to take the car for a test drive as they may hear or see something that you might not notice because you have become accustomed to your own car’s characteristics. Additional steps that should be taken are to provide the service history of the vehicle and also consider getting your vehicle checked by a mechanic to provide a statement of condition or diagnostic results.
TAKING GOOD PHOTOS
Firstly clean your vehicle thoroughly. Ensure you keep the camera in focus and is not blurry.
Things to avoid:
• Parking in view of an unattractive background
• Pictures taken in dull, overcast weather and at night
• Artificial light and direct sunlight
• Cutting part of the car off, unless you’re photographing details
To enhance the quality of your photographs:
• Park your car somewhere bright and spacious if possible – a clean driveway is ideal
• Remove any distractions such as luggage and rubbish
• Make sure the car is well-lit but not too bright
The important places of your vehicle is?
• Front corner
• Rear corner
• Front straight-on
• Back straight-on
• Side profile
• Close-up of a wheel – especially if they are alloys
• The dashboard
• Front and rear seats
• Inside the boot
• The engine bay
• Any damage to your car
• If your car’s a convertible, take a picture with the roof down and another with the roof up
Remember to take more than one picture of each area to give you choice later on. Try to keep the whole car in the image. Each Listing can have up to 6 pictures.
Uploading your photos
Choose the best photos and decide on the main image – an image of the whole car taken from the left or right front corner is best.
Use a selection of images that gives buyers a complete view. Save the images together in a folder;
Photos must be:
- Single shot of the car – montage images will be rejected.
- With backgrounds – cut outs are unacceptable.
- Original photos – library images will be rejected as they’re not a true representation of your vehicle.
- Max. file size: 64 MB. Allowed images: jpg, gif, png
If you don’t have a digital camera, you can use a scanner to upload your photos.
SHOW IT OFF
Remember, that potential buyers are going to be evaluating you as well as your vehicle. Car buyers may shy away if you come across as a high-pressure car salesman, so try to present yourself as friendly and honest. If you present yourself (both in appearance and demeanour) as a responsible and detail-oriented person, that impression will help assure possible buyers that you have carefully maintained your car.
For most methods of selling a used car, you will need to arrange and keep appointments where potential buyers can view and test drives your vehicle. Many people can find this process a bit intimidating―be sure to try to put potential buyers at ease, and answer any questions to the best of your ability. For your own protection, you should verify that anyone who will be driving your car is in possession of a valid driver’s license, and make sure your insurance coverage will cover other drivers. To safeguard your property, it is always best to accompany the driver. During the drive, you can answer any of their questions as you travel along. If you are anxious about showing off your car alone, there is nothing wrong with having a friend or relative drive we recommend that for both Sellers and Buyers.
CLOSE THE DEAL
Only you can decide how payment will be paid: by personal check; cash only; or cashier’s check. It is always good form to mention your payment preference while setting up an appointment to see the car. In that way, if the buyer simply falls in love with your car on the spot, you will be able to finalize the transaction quickly―without any time-lapse, confusion or embarrassment on the part of either party.
If it hasn’t been discussed before, now is the time to state your terms for the price of the car. Any negotiations should take place at this time. If you have given yourself a little cushion on your asking price, you can let the interested party take the lead. If they make a reasonable offer, be prepared to say yes. The art of negotiation is not easy for many people; take your time and listen to any offer. Counter offers by both the buyer and the seller are expected at this time in the process. Know beforehand what your bottom line amount is and don’t get caught up in thinking that this will be the only person interested in buying your car. Should a potential buyer offer a ridiculously low amount, be prepared to thank them for their time and move along, but be sure to give them a card with your name and telephone number. After a cooling off period, they may reconsider and make a higher offer.
During this part of the deal it is also the time to convey whether you will provide the buyer with any sort of warranty, or if the vehicle will be sold “as is.” If the car is to be sold as is, be sure to write-up a statement to that effect and have the buyer sign and date it for your records.
SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE
Before undertaking the sale of any vehicle, make sure you have your countries/states required documents e.g. Title transfer, and possibly an odometer reading statement prior to advertising your car for sale. If there is any question as to the validity of any paperwork pertaining to your vehicle, a trip to the local Department of Motor Vehicles may be in order to have clear proof of ownership.
In many countries/states, both the seller and the new buyer have responsibilities during and after the transfer of a vehicle. Be sure to become familiarised with the procedure and necessary paperwork.