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 to receive. But, what are some tips for selling your car to earn a little more money?
I ended up leasing a new car. Could I have gotten more for my car? Could I have saved myself some money by preparing for the sale earlier? How far are you willing to go to save a few hundred dollars?
Tips for Selling Your Car and More Save Money
Here are a few tips for selling your car that can help you squeeze out a little more profit into 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 about to fall apart. Don’t drive a car shouldn’t be on the road because you are waiting to get some critical car maintenance done to save a few bucks. If your car is in really bad shape, you could always go the “cash for clunkers” route as well.
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But, I would recommend timing your routine car maintenance so that you 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. Do you need new tires? Have you been putting off getting a tune up or your air conditioner looked at for the summer?
These can be simple car maintenance items to put off to keep more money for yourself and save. Of course, you could also find yourself having to concede money for whoever you sell your car to for the needed repairs if they are significant and obvious.Want to get more money when selling your car? Here are a few sneaky tips for selling your car!Click To Tweet
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.
Some of us also have a gas guzzler that can cost even more than $80 to fill up. This is a simple way to save a good size chunk of change when you are selling your car.
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.
This time, we are not talking about delaying paying for a cost. We are talking about spending a little bit of money to earn a higher amount when you sell your car. Are there scuff marks on the seats, leftover 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. This is definitely the case when you are selling your car and want to receive the most amount of money possible for your car and time getting it ready.
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.
Like when you are paying your rent, you pay your car loan for the next month. So, if you pay your loan payment on the first of the money, you are paying for the rest of the month (the four months following).
Three Moves To Make After Selling Your Car
So, what are you going to do now that you have sold your car and have no car payment? What are you going to do with the extra savings from the car payment that you used to pay and the lower car insurance premium when I switch from comprehensive coverage to just collision? These are some of the big questions that my wife, friends, and family have been asking lately.
Do you want to change your financial situation after selling your car? Isn’t that the whole reason in most cases for selling a great newer model car to begin with? There are a few critical steps that you need to make after selling your car. Here are the steps to take right now after selling my car. Here are three things that you need to do immediately before it is too late in order to set yourself up for financial success.
Open A New Savings Account
When you have been making a car payment for years, you may feel a hole in your routine when that first payment after you have sold your car is due. What do you do with that money? In most cases, that can be a significant amount of money with the average car payment in America hovering around $400 or more.
The trick, of course, is to continue making that payment to yourself of course. You should immediately set up a brand new savings account with an automatic payment from your paycheck or your main checking account where you receive your paycheck to deposit automatically into that savings account. You may also want to give your savings account a nickname such as “Brand New Car For Cash” or “Repair Fund” to help you keep your grubby hands off of it in the meantime.
Lower Your Car Insurance Costs
The second phone call I made after selling my car was to my car insurance company. I ended up paying cash for a very used car to replace the one that I just sold. Since it was very old and I paid for cash, I was able to get rid of my comprehensive coverage and just opted for collision and liability insurance.
This will save me hundreds of dollars over the course of the year. Just be careful dropping your car insurance coverage level. Make sure that you have an adequate emergency fund to cover any repairs that you will have to make to your car for the accidents you cause.
And, you should still consider keeping enough liability insurance to protect yourself from lawsuits. My wife and I still have an umbrella insurance policy that covers us which I would highly recommend to everyone.
Do Something You Enjoy
Now that you are out from under your car payment, you should also do something that you have always wanted to do or something that you will enjoy. I am actually currently on the hunt for a classic Ford Mustang to rebuild and tinker with.
I know absolutely nothing about cars. But, I want to learn desperately. It has been on my bucket list for years and years, and now I want to tackle it.
And, now I have the funds to do so thanks to not having a huge monthly car payment. Maybe you take a small (very small) portion of that old car payment and do something that you always wanted to do.
Have you ever woke up one day to find out that you are just sick of having a car payment? That’s basically what happened to me.
Have you ever sold a car either to a dealership or in a private sale to someone else? Have you tried to make a few bucks extra here or there on the sale? How did you do it?
How did you get top dollar for your car when you sold? What tips for selling your car do you have? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.