How to Sell a Car to a Dealership

Have you recently made a big change in your life? Having a baby? Getting a pet? Starting a new job? Do these changes mean you need to get a new vehicle? Are you not sure where to start when it comes to selling your current one?

Then, let the team at Honda of Abington lend you a helping hand with our quick and easy guide for how to sell a car to a dealership! We want to help simplify the process for all of our friends in the Abington, Willow Grove, and Glenside, Pennsylvania, areas,

Start by Doing Your Research

Online Research

You’d never sell anything—old cellphones, handmade crafts, and more—without researching the values of similar products. It should be the same with your car. You can check out several websites to get an approximate value for your car. However, remember that these are estimates and should not be taken as a guarantee.

You can use:

  • Kelley Blue Book
  • Black Book
  • Edmunds
  • Our website’s value your trade tool

Now that you’ve written down the numbers and have a good idea of what your car is worth, make sure you have all of your necessary documents. You’ll need your:

  • Car title
  • Car registration
  • Car insurance

You’ll also want to have copies of any service records you have on hand since proof of recent service can give you a leg up in negotiations.

Move On to Repairing and Cleaning Your Car

When you’ve gathered all of your documents and tucked them neatly in a folder, take the time to bring in your car for a multipoint inspection. The mechanics will go over every inch of the car, checking important items, such as:

  • Engine health
  • Transmission performance
  • Brake integrity

They’ll often give you a color-coded list to let you know the things that need to be addressed, what may need addressing down the line, and what are fine. Make sure you fix up anything that needs repair. You can also consider what may need to be done down the line since you’re planning on selling.

You’ll also want to clean out your car, making sure to take care of the following things:

  • Wash the exterior
  • Vacuum the interior
  • Remove all personal belongings

Once your car is fixed up and sparkling clean, it’s time to head to the dealership.

Get Your Offer and Negotiate

Sale Offer

When you drive up to the dealership, inform the salesperson who greets you that you’re there to sell your car. They’ll put you in touch with the used car manager, who will want to conduct their own inspection before giving you an offer. Many factors go in to your offer, such as:

  • The condition of your vehicle
  • Supply and demand for your vehicle
  • What similar vehicles are going for at auction

Remember, you don’t have to commit to the first offer you’re given. You can shop around at different dealerships, and even online used car marketplaces. Once you’re given an offer you like, all that is left to do is to collect your check. Some dealerships may present it immediately while others may take up to 48 hours to get it to you.

Visit Us to Sell a Car to a Dealership

When you’re ready to sell a car to a dealership, come and visit us at Honda of Abington. Our team is excited to meet all of our new friends in the Abington, Willow Grove, and Glenside, PA, areas, and help them get the best value for their car!

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