A 5 Stage Guide to Selling a Car by LocalCarsDealers.com

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Selling a car privately can be daunting for anyone. It needn't be a stressful experience though, since there are common sense steps which can be taken to make it easier and increase the likelihood a car will sell.

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Selling a car privately can be daunting for anyone. It needn't be a stressful experience though, since there are common sense steps which can be taken to make it easier and increase the likelihood a car will sell.

1. Preparing the car.
A prospective buyer's first impression of a car is vital, so giving the car a wash and a thorough clean inside is essential. Stone chips or scratches can detract from that all-important first impression. Touch up paints can be bought cheaply from a local dealer.

2. Advertising the car.
What are other adverts for simillar cars and is there a big range of prices? Watching these adverts and reviewing if these cars sell quickly or if they get re-advertised at lower prices after a while is a good thing. Giving a car dealer in your area a call and asking at what they are selling similar cars for is also a good idea.

The local newspaper is still a great place to start advertising as many people still prefer to buy locally. Also local internet portals make this easier as geography becomes less of an issue.(Local car dealers in Atlanta, Georgia)

3. Handling viewings.
It's rare that anyone will buy a car without first seeing and driving it, so prospective buyers should not be chased away by having the wrong attitude or making them think that they're not welcome to come and view it.

Almost every buyer will want to drive the car themselves before they will commit to buying. Making sure the driver can prove they have insurance to drive a car and if necessary, reminding them to bring it with them when they call to arrange the viewing is the right concept. Having the paperwork ready to look at and allowing the buyer the time to look at it thoroughly and without interruption makes sense.

4. Closing a deal.
Buyers will invariably ask about the lowest price. Reminding them that as a buyer, their opinion of the car's value is more relevant is a good solution. The buyer should not make minor issues into huge price impacts, preparing to disagree with the buyer if unreasonable is the conclusion.

5. Handing the car over.
The seller needs to receive the funds and the buyer needs to get their hands on the car. The preferred method of payment for a seller will always be cash. Meeting the buyer outside a bank, going inside and banking the cash there is the final step while getting the ownership paperwork signed over . The buyer can then take the car straight away. If the buyer wants to pay by personal cheque, delaying the handover of the car until the funds have cleared into the bank account is reasonable. Handing over a car or documents without receiving the money is never a good idea.

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