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How to Get Your Used Car Ready to Sell

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Many people sell their cars at a Houston auto dealer to reduce the cost of a new vehicle they want to purchase. You will often hear this referred to as a “trade-in.” The dealership will decrease the new vehicle price according to the agreed selling price of the car being traded in. If you’re not ready to buy a new car at the moment, you can also sell the car to the dealership and save the money to purchase a new one at a different time. Some people prefer to sell their car privately to an independent buyer. This article will also be sure to give some differences between selling a used car to a dealership vs. a private buyer. Regardless of your timeline and the purchaser, Baytown Hyundai will equip you with the knowledge and expectations to prep a used car for sale. 

How to Prep a Used Car for Sale 

When selling your car, you must make your car look as clean and updated as possible to get the highest possible value. Selling your car to a dealership or private buyer in Houston is a simple process: 

  • Clean Your Car: Wash the interior of your vehicle with detail. Updating some of the vehicle parts, such as the windshield wipers, floor mats, or headlight bulbs, is a simple way to increase its value. Small modifications made to the exterior of your car will give it a shiny new look, which also helps the car look only lightly used. 
  • Know Your Car’s Value: You can go to websites like, Kelly Blue Book, or a dealership in Pasadena to determine a reasonable value for your car. Having this information will help you during the negotiation process.
  • Title Access: Make sure you have fast and easy access to your car’s title during the selling process. This will help you get an offer faster. 
  • Write Down the Benefits: Generate an easy-to-read, detailed report about your car. It should include your vehicle’s maintenance history, the intriguing features, and any trimmings you added to your car that increase the car’s attractiveness to dealerships like Baytown Hyundai. 
  • Pick a Purchaser: Car dealerships in Houston usually accept newer or gently used cars regardless of what they have in stock. Older models tend to be more difficult to get a large amount of money for, but going to a used car dealership may get you the money you’re looking for. If you prefer to sell it privately, you can put ads in the newspaper, put flyers in your area, and post announcements on social media to get potential buyers. 

What to Expect When Prepping a Used Car for Sale

After you’ve completed your research and know where you want to sell your car, it’s time to start the process! Below is a list of things you should expect going forward when preparing to sell a used car:

  • Set an Appointment: If you have questions about the selling process, talk to the finance department at Baytown Hyundai. They will make sure your questions are answered and will take you step-by-step through the process to make sure your experience is seamless. If selling privately, use the marketing tools mentioned previously to set up in person meetings for the buy to view the vehicle. 
  • Prepare to Talk to the Used Car Manager: Many dealerships in Baytown will put you in contact with their Used Car Manager to manage the sale of your vehicle. They’ll collect your information, then run a vehicle history report on your car. 
  • Inspection: The Used Car Manager will more than likely send your vehicle to the service center for full inspection. They will want to confirm good mechanical conditions for your car. Even if you’re selling independently, it’s helpful to get a full inspection of your vehicle before meeting with a buyer. It also helps to have the service record on hand in case they ask for it. 
  • The Offer: If you receive an offer, you don’t have to accept it right away. Feel free to collect several offers and pick which one is best for you. If you already have a number in mind, it makes it easier to accept or decline more efficiently. 

Benefits of Selling a Used Car to a Dealership vs. Private Seller

There are numerous benefits to selling your car, but to have the smoothest experience, it’s best to sell at a dealership like Baytown Hyundai:

  • Avoid Hassles & Save Time: Selling your car privately can be time-consuming. We suggest going through a dealership to avoid having to vet potential buyers, invite strangers to your home for test drives, or dealing with online hassles. 
  • Decrease Your New Car Price: Trading in your older vehicle will give you the option to apply the trade-in value to your new car, therefore reducing the total cost of the new car and the monthly payments. 
  • Save on Taxes: When you trade in your current vehicle and purchase another vehicle from Baytown Hyundai, you only have to pay the sales tax on the difference between the trade-in value and the cost of your new car. 

Sell Your Car to Baytown Hyundai Today!

If you need a way to take your dream car home or just need some extra money, trading in or selling your vehicle is a great way to do so. If you’ve done your research and are prepared to sell, contact our finance department to get the process started!

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