Preparing A Vehicle To Sell On Craigslist - What You Need To Know To Get The Most Out Of Your Car

by Fernando Lopez - Date: 2010-10-15 - Word Count: 614 Share This!

Selling your own vehicle instead of trading in will save you a bit of money. Selling your old vehicle takes some effort and is not for everyone. When it comes to selling a used vehicle, you must be in charge of conditioning the vehicle, advertising the vehicle, and negotiating a deal with the buyer. You must be comfortable doing all three of these tasks if you would like to sell your own vehicle.

If you have decided to sell your vehicle, the first thing that you will want to do is condition your vehicle by cleaning it to as close to new condition as possible. This means that you will have to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. If you are not into cleaning, you can hire a service to clean your vehicle for you. Having your vehicle detailed can be quite costly. A great detailing job that involves washing, waxing, shampooing your carpets, and cleaning the interior vinyl of your vehicle can cost anywhere from $150-$200.

While detailing your vehicle, ensure that you clean in between all cracks and crevices to give the vehicle a new look. Purchase a fine bristled brush to clean all of those hard to reach places. Watch the exterior of the vehicle and apply a good quality wax to the paint job. If your vehicle has not been waxed in a while, you may need to use a buffing compound to remove oxidation. After removing oxidation, go back over the paint with a wax to protect the finish.

Clean all of the vehicles glass include in the rearview mirror and side view mirror with an ammonia-based cleaner such as Windex. A helpful tip is to use newspaper to clean your glasses for a streak free shine. Use Armorall on your vinyl and rubber surfaces, paying special attention not to get protectant on the controls such as the steering wheel.

Once your vehicle has been cleaned up, it should be ready to sell now. Advertise your vehicle online for free at websites such as Craigslist cars for sale. Craigslist is one of the most viewed websites as millions of people search for used vehicles on a daily basis. Take pictures of your vehicle and write a brief description, highlighting all of the great features of your vehicle. Craigslist allows its users to post up to four pictures within their advertisement. Take a picture of the interior, exterior, engine compartment, and window and door lock controls. Sometimes a picture is worth 1000 words and by taking a picture of the window and door lock controls, the reader will instantly know that your vehicle features power windows and power locks.

From here, sit back and wait for the phone calls. If you do not receive any phone calls the first day, do not get discouraged. Depending on the time of year, you may not get any phone calls for several days. Remember to keep your Craigslist advertisement up to date by periodically reposting. Craigslist allows its users to repost their advertisements every 30 days. Although you may be able to repost your ad before 30 days, it is never a good idea because you could become than from the website.

Once you have someone who is interested in purchasing your vehicle, see if you can get the buyer to name a price. When it comes to negotiating, getting the other person to speak first should be your goal. Have a price in mind and negotiate back and forth with the buyer until you come to an agreement. Once you have agreed upon a price, take the vehicle title to a public notary to have it notarized. Selling a vehicle is as simple as that.

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