Do’s and Don’ts When Selling a Car

Do’s and Don’ts When Selling Your Car in Mobile, AL

Have you decided to sell your current vehicle? Brace yourself — selling a car can be quite the experience. Preparing your car for sale, finding the right buyer and making it official can all be challenging, but here at Lexus of Mobile, we’re ready to help you navigate the process. Take a look at our list of do’s and don’ts for selling your car.

It’s important to know your vehicle’s worth so that you don’t over- or underestimate what it should cost. Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds can provide your vehicle’s estimated value based on its year, make, model, features and mileage. These sources will also show you what similar models have sold for in recent months. When you begin receiving offers for your vehicle, consider each one carefully. Don’t let a buyer scam you into taking less than you deserve for your model. You can always walk away.

Take the time to prepare your car for sale so you can show it off. A full wash, vacuum and detail service will go a long way towards getting buyers excited about your vehicle. Remove all personal items and take clear photographs of your vehicle, inside and out. Great photos and a thoroughly written description will help your model stand out in online postings.

Though it seems counterintuitive, it’s actually unwise to have major repairs done to your vehicle before selling it. This is because there’s a chance that you won’t make back the money you spent on repairs. While we recommend having small maintenance done before selling, don’t spring for major repairs to components like the engine or transmission. It’s better to sell your car as is than to lose money on the sale due to hefty repair bills.

In the long run, it’s wiser to be completely honest about your car’s condition when trying to sell. You shouldn’t deceive potential buyers by tweaking the truth; rather, be honest about your vehicle and any repairs it will need to run safely and smoothly. Don’t claim to have “lots of other offers” on the table if you really don’t. If the truth comes out, your seller-buyer relationship might be ruined and the sale lost.

It’s helpful to provide prior service records to potential buyers so that they get a picture of your vehicle’s history and past accidents (if any). We recommend pulling your model’s CARFAX® report for full transparency.

Completing the necessary paperwork is a major part of selling your car, and it’s important that everything is filed correctly. Check with your local DMV to see what forms you’ll need, including those that allow you to transfer title ownership and release you from liability once you’ve sold your vehicle. Make sure that the buyer gets everything filled out on their end as well.

Debating whether to sell your vehicle to a private party or bring it to a dealership to sell or trade? We definitely recommend the latter. As you’ve surely realized, selling your car on your own can be quite a hassle. When you sell or trade in your car here at Lexus of Mobile, we make it easy and stress-free. We want your car, and we’ll give you a great offer for it that you can apply to the purchase of a new Lexus or a luxury pre-owned model. You won’t have to worry about getting cheated when you choose to do business with us. We offer protection, confidence and the luxury you deserve, so sell or trade in your car with us today.

If you have any questions about selling or trading in your vehicle with us, don’t hesitate to contact us or stop by our dealership today. We’re located at 3024 Government Blvd, Mobile, AL 36606, and we look forward to serving our customers from the Gulf Coast, Daphne and Spanish Fort.