Everyone wants to get the best possible price for the car, truck or van they are selling however it isn’t as easy as you think. Just because a pricing guide says your vehicle may be worth a certain price, it doesn’t mean your car is worth it. Remember it’s a guide not law!
For starters many variables will cause the price of your vehicle to fluctuate. Issues like mechanical, body damage, prior accidents and age can cause your vehicle to be worth less than what you are hoping to get.
For starters, ask yourself this important question. Would I pay the money I’m asking for to buy my car? If the answer is no then you may be pricing too high.
Remember, if your car has a check engine light on, chances are a buyer will pass over the car is most state emission standards will fail the vehicle. In New York, if a vehicle is up for registration renewal and it can’t pass emission inspection, the DMV will not renew your registration until its fixed. Also, clearing a check engine light will not resolve the issue as a typical computer scan will show that you just cleared the codes which to most people mean you may be hiding something.
For starters, when deciding to sell your vehicle, if there are mechanical issues that are minor and you are looking to get maximum dollar, consider fixing them. A simple oxygen sensor fix might only cost $150 at the repair shot but simply by repairing you just gave the consumer buying your vehicle confidence that your vehicle is mechanically sound. If repairs are not an option, consider reducing your asking price and not by the estimated price to repair the car. Most buyers don’t care what your mechanic said. Unless they are getting a phenomenal deal, they will pass up the car.
Next is appearance. If your vehicle looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in years, it might be time to have it professionally detailed. A complete detail will cost anywhere from $150 to $250 but restoring its image making it viable for resale. Think about it. If you walked into a restaurant and the food looked crappy, you would more than likely return it to the waiter or leave the restaurant before even trying the food. The same thing applies to your vehicle. Even if your vehicle has some minor body damage, repairing it may be the difference of putting extra dollars in your pocket after expensing your costs for repair. At the bare minimum get an estimate.
The bottom line is take care of your vehicle so when it’s time to sell you will get the best possible price for your car, truck or van.
RCO Cash for Cars offers our customers an easy solution when looking to sell a vehicle without the headaches of dealing with the general public getting you a realistic assessment. If you are thinking about selling a car for cash, consider filling out this short questionnaire and we will fairly assess what your vehicle may be worth prior to listing for sale taking out the guessing of what it may really be worth.