When selling a car in The Bay Area, you want to get the most you can possibly get for it, of course! Selling your car or truck is a little bit like selling a house, but on the other hand, it is nothing like selling a house. But! Here is what you have to do to get the most cash for it.
Selling a Car for the Most Cash Possible
If you’re a smoker, you have to quit smoking inside the car. And hey, rolling down the windows and tossing the butt is still smoking inside the car. If anyone smoked in there you have to get it detailed and order the upholstery/carpet shampoo package. The smoker car market is miniscule, you need the nonsmokers.
Next, plan to sell it in the spring or summer. This gives you a few months to gussy it up a bit. You want to time this just right. So, do searches on AutoTrader.com for your make, model and year of car and see what the competition is up to. When it is down to a few cars in the spring or summer that are in lesser shape than yours, that is the exact time to list yours.
To get your car fixed up, have it detailed if necessary. But get it hand washed and waxed just before listing it, definitely. Shine sells. Fix every little thing that is wrong with it. All those little bumps, scratches and tears need to become invisible.
If you are going to hit a mileage milestone soon, drive less and sell. A car with 95,000 miles on it sounds a lot more valuable than one with 100,000 miles on it! Sell, sell, sell, and fast.
Good luck with selling your car and purchasing a new one. If you need us for last minute repairs, just give us a call.