Recently I sold my beloved BMW and am currently looking for a new car to replace it. I took my car to one of those places with signs out front that say, “buy, sell, or trade”. So, I sold it to them. I had them make me an offer, and the offer was fair. It was also several hundred dollars more than what I had expected. Here are a few ways that you can squeeze out a little more profit in your pocket when you are selling your car.
Delay Some Non-Critical Maintenance
Now I am not saying to drive around in a car that is unsafe and shouldn’t be on the road. But, I would recommend timing your routine car maintenance so that you will sell your car before you have to complete the maintenance. For example, an oil change for a late model BMW is over $125. If you delayed changing that oil until you sold your car, that is money that you didn’t spend and money that stays in your pocket.
Show Up With An Empty Gas Tank
With a lot of cars and the price of gasoline nowadays, you can actually save a lot of money by showing up on fumes to the car lot when you want to trade in or sell your used car. For example, if gas is $4 per gallon and you have a 20 gallon tank, you just saved yourself $80 in gas.
Get A Car Wash And Clean The Inside
You would be surprised by how many people drive onto the car lot with a dirty car. It only takes a few minutes of your time and less than a roll of quarters to get a good car wash and vacuum. It is, without a doubt, money well spent. You have to think about the first impression that you are making with your car when you show it to a potential buyer. Are there scuff marks on the seats, left over cereal from your kids, etc.? Cleaning the car or even paying for a detail can help you earn a larger price when you sell. The old saying is often true that you have to sometimes spend money to make money.
Fix The Obvious Things Before You Go
Another thing that you want to do is to fix simple issues that a dealer or potential buyer will see right away. Certain automobile insurance companies can fix cosmetic issues for a minor deductible. To get an idea of an insurance company that covers these cosmetic issues, check out these automobile insurance quotes from the Hartford. Fixing the obvious issues with your car such as needing new windshield wipers can help you make a great first impression and can help you receive the most amount for your trade in.
Sell Your Car Right Before Your Loan Payment
If you can sell your car right before your car loan payment is due, then that money you were going to spend can stay in your pocket right where it belongs. This is one of the easiest ways to save money when you sell your car.
Have you ever sold a car either to a dealership or in a private sale to someone else? Have you tried to save a few bucks here or there? How did you do it? How did you get top dollar for your car when you sold? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.