So you want to try selling your car online?
A few questions might be going through your head like what site to use, is there a fee to post, or how far can I sell my car to.
Here are some tips to selling your car online:
Local or National?
If you want to sell locally, you can use sites like Craiglist or eBay Motors. “For Sale By Owner” is available within your specified radius and it is free to use. eBay Motors allows you to sell locally, nationally, and at times internationally. With eBay motors, you sell via an auction format or can list your car at a fixed price.
Creating Your Advertisement
When creating an ad for your car, you got to make sure you make it look the price it is worth for potential buyers.
- Wash and detail the exterior of your car as well as detailing the interior. When potential buyers look at cars, they want to see a car that looks shiny and bright.
- Choose a “location” that has a plain background. Don’t choose something with a “busy” background.
- Photos should include multiple (and good quality) angles of your car, inside and outside. Include the trunk, the interior (dash, seats, floors, steering wheel, radio, etc, and under the hood. Close up of tires and wheels should be included as well. Show that you aren’t trying to hide anything from potential buyers.
- Highlight features that make your car stand out from the rest. Does it have a sunroof, tech upgrades, or anything else that can increase its value?
- Be descriptive in your car’s mileage and current condition. Does it have a history of accidents? Any recent repairs or modifications? Include past owners if any. Try including any information that can answer a potential buyer’s question so you don’t have to constantly be called or emailed.
- AVOID creating long ads (keep it less than 1,000 words) and any grammar errors. Also stay away from any crazy phrases like “Like Brand New!” or “Fully Loaded Ride”.
Contact From A Potential Buyer
When a potential buyers contacts you, try to respond within a 24 to 48-hour zone. Be sure to gather their name and contact information to check if they are the real deal. Be honest about your car and provide key selling points on why they should buy it. If the potential buyer lives locally, ask if they would like to see the car in person and if they would like to test drive it. However, if someone seems sketchy, be cautious when letting them test drive your car.
Be sure to go through the necessary paperwork when transferring your title to the new buyer and any other additional transfers.
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