Buying or selling a car doesn’t have to be an intimidating process. Many people are too intimidated to even start the process, and choose instead to give all the power to a used car company or dealership. There’s no reason to involve a middleman unless you need a car solution fast – but if you have even a little extra time, this article will help you make the best choice for purchasing or selling a vehicle for maximum impact.
If you’re looking to sell your car, always start at cars.com to find out the current value of the vehicle. It’s essential to know what your car is worth and to find out if there’s a fast way to increase that value. Sometimes doing little things like cleaning a vehicle really well or fixing small dents and scratches can mean a big jump in value. Cars.com also has tips on selling cars that are really useful, as well as a marketplace that’s a perfect starting place for either listing or finding the perfect vehicle. Make sure you look closely at vehicle photos – every detail matters.
The flip side of that tip is perfect for those buying used vehicles: look for small imperfections and cosmetic flaws and drive the asking price down as a result. Those are small issues that you can fix later if you so desire, but it gives you more to bargain with during negotiations. Which brings us to point number two: always negotiate for a price that’s lower than the asking price. Markups don’t just exist on retail lots; individual sellers will often overprice vehicles just to see if they can make extra money from naïve buyers. Don’t be afraid to make a lower offer: if someone has listed their car for sale, they want to get rid of it. Most likely you’ll agree on a happy medium and you’ll drive off with a great deal.
If you’re selling, you want to make sure that the “great deal” somebody else is getting isn’t actually costing you money. That’s why it’s important to look at what other cars are selling for in your area and to go ahead and list your vehicle at the amount of money you would most like to receive. You do this with the expectation that you will negotiate to a lower price, so know in advance how low you’re willing to go. But sometimes individuals need a car fast or don’t mind paying the full price, and you end up making more money than you had hoped for. It’s a win for all involved parties.
Speaking of parties, don’t look at buying or selling a car as work. If you get too involved in research or are comparing too many vehicles or are stressing yourself out with questions and options, take a deep breath and consider your priorities. What is your goal? To buy a Volkswagen and drive it home with pride? To sell your current car so that you can buy a nicer, newer one? Remind yourself of your goal and don’t lose sight of it. If the other details become too much, just look at the situation you’re in and ask yourself: does this fulfill my goal? If it does, it’s ultimately worth it. And the small amount of money that you might have made or saved by working yourself into a frenzy over the research and the details probably isn’t worth the stress that comes with it. Look at your new car, or your full bank account, and feel good about the choices you made. Buying a car doesn’t have to be stressful – it really can be easy.