By taking necessary due diligence before selling your car, you can increase your car's perceived value, understand the market, and get the most bang for buck when you finally sign the dotted line. Here are some ways you can intelligently plan to sell your car. You don't have to do all of these things — or any of these things, for that matter. Just know that you'll get a better deal if you take heed.
Get An Inspection
The first step to take before you list your car as "sold" is to get an inspection. A reputable third party will be able to tell you anything that's wrong under the hood, so you can get it fixed before trying to sell your car. A car that is in need of repair will sell for far less than one that is in good working condition, so even if you need to spend a couple hundred dollars to make sure your car is in good condition, it's worth it.
Pay Attention to Detail
That scratch on your car door is driving your car's value own. If there's anything that can stick out to a potential buyer, it will stick out. Fix any and all dings, dents, and scratches before presenting your car to potential buyers. Again, it's all about perceived value.
Do Your Research
Arm yourself with knowledge before trying to sell your car. Know the average liking price of your car, and you'll be able to negotiate effectively. Every small and seemingly-insignificant detail matters when selling your car on the resale market: color, make, model, year, and repair history. By knowing what price you should get for your car, you'll be able to get the right price when it's time to sell or trade.
Take a few days to prepare to sell your car now, and you'll save yourself a lot of stress and frustration down the line.