Best Way to Sell your Car

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You Have Options 
Thanks to instant online offers and high demand, it has never been easier to sell your car. How you choose to sell really comes down to personal preference. We'll explore all your options in this article. Think about how you would go about buying a car today. There was a time when you and the family would drive by car lots and dealerships looking for a vehicle that is the right fit. Then there were weekly newspaper ads highlighting featured auto specials. Local classified ads were another place to look for your next ride. Now you can avoid all that by going online. A simple search of the make, model, and year of car you are looking for brings you instant results on the latest deals. 

Selling a car is no different. These days, qualified buyers are looking for cars like yours online and getting an instant offer from services such as Driveway is an excellent way to sell or trade your car. In order to drill down on finding the best way to sell your car, let's look at your options. You can sell it to someone you know, sell it privately, sell it to a dealership, trade it in, or get an instant offer and sell your car online. 
Put a Sign on It 
Believe it or not, a lot of people sell their cars to someone they know. You start by letting all your social media friends know that you are selling your car. Post some attractive photos and ask interested parties to PM you. Let your neighbors know you want to sell. They know you and your car and how well you maintain it. Simply buy a few For Sale signs at your local hardware store, write the year, make, model and the asking price in nice, neat lettering and place a sign in the front and rear windows. Don't forget to add your contact phone number on the signs. 

Wherever you park your car, it becomes the best advertisement for its sale. Keep it clean and display it proudly. Show it off at the mall, at your gym, at supermarkets, even at your church. Get the word out and let your coworkers know. However, this form of finding a buyer may be the slowest way to sell your car. 


Sell it Privately 
You can extend your reach by listing the vehicle on a top online marketplace such as Craigslist or eBay Motors. But if you decide to go that route, know that listing your car to an online marketplace has a downside. You will likely have to field a lot of contacts from lookie-loos and outright flakes who will waste your time. Be completely honest about the condition of your vehicle and have any mechanical problems you are aware of repaired by a qualified mechanic. 

Selling your car privately is the next step up the ladder and includes spending money with online sources such as Facebook Marketplace or Kelley Blue Book's Autotrader to list your vehicle. Selling online is quicker and gets the word out about your car to a mass market. Sites like Autotrader offer a private seller exchange and a secure marketplace to facilitate transactions. 

Private car sales can be challenging because you need to set up a place and time for potential buyers to meet with you and test drive your car. Dealing with strangers can be a daunting task and once you find a buyer, you have to negotiate the price and make sure you get paid. Having a buyer meet you at the bank with cash is the safest bet. 


Sell to a Dealership 
You can avoid all of the above by selling your car directly to an auto dealership. In recent years, a lack of semiconductor computer chips that are used in all new cars, has caused fewer vehicles to make their way to dealerships and that has caused the price of used cars to soar. It's a case of supply and demand. That means your used car is worth more than ever before. While selling your car privately used to be your best bet for getting the most for your used car, that may not be the case anymore. 

Call a few local car dealerships and let them know the year, make and model of your car. Lithia Motors dealerships from coast to coast are looking for quality used cars and we'll buy your car even if you don't buy a new car from us. Our dealerships will take your car even if you are still paying on your auto loan. You'll find the Lithia Motors dealer near you right here on our site. 


Trade-in your Car 
Once you sell your old car, are you buying another car? Then you may want to avoid all the hassle of selling your car by simply trading it in at the dealership. As we mentioned, our car dealerships are looking for used cars and your trade-in is worth more than you might think. Trading in your car takes all the worry and hassle out of the transaction. You don't have to field phone calls from strangers, there are no missed test drive appointments from people who flake out, you don't have to deal with paperwork at the DMV, or deal with problems when getting paid. 

Your local Lithia Motors dealership offers convenient one-stop shopping when you trade in your car for another on our lot. We offer easy, no hassle car selling and buying, and we'll take care of all the details to get you into the car of your dreams. With over 75 years of experience in providing personal transportation solutions for our customers, we've got your back. 
Get an Instant Cash Offer
We want to buy your car whether you buy one from us or not. Get an instant cash offer that's good for seven days. We'll make your car selling experience quick and easy. At Lithia Motors you can sell your car whenever, wherever, and however you choose. 

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