How to Prep a Used Car for Sale

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So you’ve decided to sell your used car! We’re here to help at Sacramento Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, which is why we’ve put together the guide below on how to prep a used car for sale. We’ll talk about how to get a car ready to sell, how to sell a used car to a dealership here in Sacramento, and how to clean a car interior. We’ll also address whether it’s better to sell a car to a dealership vs. private buyer.

How to Get a Used Car Ready to Sell

We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to prep a used car for sale properly if you want to get the best possible offer for it. This is true whether you plan to sell the used car to a dealership around Roseville or a private buyer. Follow these steps to get your car ready for sale and your car’s interior clean:

How to Prep a Used Car for Sale

  • Get your paperwork ready. This includes your title and maintenance records.
  • Make minor repairs. Minor, inexpensive repairs can make a big difference.
  • Make minor upgrades. New floor mats, seat covers, and steering wheel covers can inexpensively increase your car’s value.
  • Do your inspection. This will cut down on unwelcome surprises.
  • Clean your car as thoroughly as possible.

How to Clean a Car Interior

  • Vacuum all carpet and upholstery.
  • Gently shampoo with the appropriate products to remove a stain.
  • Clean all vinyl, plastic, and leather surfaces with the appropriate cleaning products.
  • Clean all windows and glass surfaces.
  • Use an air freshener with a “new car” scent.

How to Sell a Used Car to a Dealership

It’s easy to sell your used car to us! You can even get an instant online estimate, and we’ll give you the fairest offer possible on your used car.

  • First make sure all your paperwork is in order and your car has been cleaned (see “How to Prep a Used Car for Sale” above).
  • Know the value of your car. You can use our Value Your Trade tool to get an estimate.
  • Bring the car in so we can inspect it and make you an offer.
  • Decide whether or not to accept the offer.

Whether to Sell the Car to a Dealership vs. Private Buyer

Are you debating whether to sell the car to a dealership vs. a private buyer? While it’s possible you may get a higher offer from a private party, the process of taking out an ad and setting up appointments to show the car can take days or even weeks, if you get an interested party at all. Then there’s also the matter of whether it’s safe to go on test drives with random strangers. However, provided it’s in decent condition, a dealership will likely buy your used car the same day, saving you plenty of hassle. 

Sell Your Used Car to Sacramento Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

We always treat our customers fairly, which means we’ll make the best possible offer on your vehicle. And we’ve got a great inventory of new or used cars if you’d like to trade in your car. Visit Sacramento Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram or contact us today to sell us your used car!

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