Sausalito, CA (PRWEB) November 15, 2013
Cartelligent has released its consumer guide to selling trade-in vehicles. The service, based in Sausalito, California and with branches in East Bay, Silicon Valley and Orange County helps thousands of people purchase cars each year across all manufacturers and help them get a great value for their current vehicle. Its team of professional car buyers has put together a guide to help consumers understand the steps they need to take to sell their car on their own.
While most people are excited by the prospect of driving home in a new car, they are typically less enthusiastic about their options on what to do with their current vehicle. One of the most common questions clients ask Cartelligent is what they should do in advance to get their trade-in ready and ensure they get a fair price with a minimum of effort and expense.
Cartelligent has compiled a list of guidelines and things for consumers to consider before selling their car to make sure that it’s in the right condition and they have everything ready to make the process go smoothly.
Consumers should locate the following paperwork in advance of selling the vehicle:
Cartelligent recommends taking the time to research the vehicle’s value so that the seller knows what to expect and can weigh the potential gain of investing additional funds in repairs prior to sale. Websites like KBB.com and NADA.com can help them estimate the value range for their make and model. It can also be a good idea to look at similar vehicles online to get a sense for the local market value. Be aware that the asking price is often higher than the actual price the car will sell for.
A thorough detailing can make the car look more attractive and can add perceived value. Potential buyers will perceive a clean car as a well maintained car and assume the rest of the vehicle is also in top condition. Additionally consumers may want to consider repairing minor cosmetic damage such as:
A mechanical check-up can let the seller know if there are any issues with the vehicle and give them an estimate as to what these will cost to repair. Cartelligent recommends that the following be taken care of:
Selling the Vehicle:
Once the vehicle is in good shape and it’s ready to put up for sale, consumers should consider the following:
Once the sale has been finalized, the seller will want to inform the DMV that they are no longer financially or legally responsible for the vehicle. They can fill out a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability form once the sale is complete – it’s important to follow up in a few weeks to ensure that this went through.
Selling a trade-in can be time-consuming and confusing. Consulting this guide can help ensure that the process goes as smoothly and as safely as possible.
We welcome inquiries about these tips or about car buying in general. To set up an interview with one of our experts, please contact Jessica Carstens at 415-339-4562 or email jcarstens(at)cartelligent(dot)com.
About Cartelligent: For over thirteen years, Cartelligent has connected car buyers with the new car they want, at the right price. Thousands of satisfied clients have saved time and money while avoiding the hassle of the traditional dealer experience by working with Cartelligent to help them enjoy the car buying experience like never before.