Date: December 4, 2014
Tips to Sell Used Car at Best Price. Your Guide to Sell Used Car with Dealers and Direct Individuals
Though seems convenient at first step - but will only fetch a lower value
A Used Car Dealer or Exchange Team at Car Dealership Business is to Make Arbitrary Gains by Buying at Lower Price and Selling at Higher Price. Ultimately - its his business (or rather say bread and butter) to pocket money in assisting your car sale.
We recommend Selling through Dealer or Broker in only cases
A) When Your Car is Good 10 Year+ Old and getting Good Additional Exchange Bonus (in consideration of New Car) under Manufacturer Scheme - Total Value turns out to be as good as Market Value of Car
B) If you want Instant Liquidation Price of Old Car and cares lesser about losing 5% to 10% of Fair Value (A Good Dealer will Offer you upto 80% of the Fair Value in 1st Meeting and can negotiate from 90% to even upto 95% on High Selling Models like Wagon R, Swift, Honda City, Innova etc)
A Certain round of negotiation and if happy with it may proceed to sell car at dealership, you should read on process note :- Process to Exchange Car at Dealership
It is the best way to fetch best value on your used car.
Though required bit of legwork - but in some cases immediate transaction or deal is also possible
Below are Tips to get Best Price from Direct Seller or rather say End User.
Service History: Think yourself in shoes of buyer, its best to give confidence to buyer by having ready set of documents :- Service History (Bills), RC, Insurance, Tyre Bills (if replaced in last 2 yrs), Battery Bill or any Accessories Added
Its important to note that a Used Car with Service History (i.e. Bills) documented is like one of the Key USP Selling Point of Transaction. It inspires a confidence in buyer about :- No Odometer Tampering (as Kms mentioned in Bill) and also let buyer know that Servicing done with Authorized Center.
Price it Competitively : Its Very Important to Self Assess the Vehicle, Maintenance and Price it Competitively. Check Used Car Valuation Matrix and Assess Vehicle Condition so as to put a Sticker Price. Have also a Reserve Price - below which you will not go
If require check Prices as given of similar car Model in Various Websites.
Preparing Car : Think of Day - 1 when you went to buy car in Showroom Condition - It was Well Washed with Clean Interiors
A Car is physical product which the buyer would be buying. Having a Good First Impression goes on through Looks, Clean Interior
Its a Good Idea to get Interiors Cleaned including Seat Upholstery from food items, Foot Mats and add Mild Perfume in Car - so that the first impression goes positive. If required get small touch up done on Exterior paint, Get Car Seat Cleaned from food items. These small things helps only in getting your demanded price from buyer.
Knowledge is Power:- Be aware of documents, RC Transfer Process, Transfer Charges and RTO Forms - so as to remain informed in front of seller. If your car is financed - do have repayment schedule obtained from bank. It all helps:- Know RC Transfer Process
Create Ad that Sell - Who Else knows the Condition of the Car, Take up 4 to 6 Snaps including Interiors, Exteriors. Put up Well Documented USP of Car including Service History, Condition, Pickup, Niggles and Craft an Ad with a Price which will let Buyer Interest Add up.
Spread the Word - Whats there in the product or a good price - if you cant find enough buyer for the product. Time to Spread the Word by Posting Ads
Spread it to your workplace about selling car - Share Same through Social Media on Twitter / Facebook or Whatzapp to your Friends. Speak to Parking Person / Driver / or even your Trusted Mechanic too - These old ways still work much effectively to get you a buyer at a good price
Perseverance - Prepare in Advance about the car to be sold - ideally 45 days in advance. A buyer can strike any time, but its a sufficient time to meet multiple buyer for your car and at a Value Price. Let be honest of any technical snags and Plus Points to put yourself as honest face in front of buyer.
There is never a fixed price when one look for selling an old product. However, lets be firm too on the price looking to sell.
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Customer Leads - Ad you will have will have Inquiries coming in. One thing important is Patience - Customers will Often tend to ask Same Questions of whose information is already mentioned in Advertisement
Its important to be Inviting - rather than showing reluctancy in sharing information. If a buyer is unknown, he will try to Satisfy himself and then only will fix up time to meet
Face to Face - Its a Make or Break Time
Put the buyer at ease by answering their questions. Tell them about key features, who drives the car and any basic reason why you selling it.
A Buyer will try to Inspect Vehicle, take a Test Drive or Inspect from his Mechanic. While - its important to accept request but also simultaneously be vigilant to do all same within your premise (home or office). Reject any uncomfortable requests (if it does not suit) like letting the Person take away the Car on his Own for a Test Drive - even if he asks him companion to be standing along with you for surety.
Negotiation: While Negotiating for Price - never be in hurry or show over enthusiasm. At times - the buyer let know about small issues or problem in car to put a pressure for bringing down price - but its important to be firm and relaxed by stating that - "Car drives well and its a used car, and not a new car which you are selling. General Wear & Tear is always a part of Used Car Ownership".
Also if buyer looks serious and in need of car he will only jack up the price - provided seller remain firm on Merits of Car including Condition, Mileage along with Service History (if available). However, when you get a - "Take it or Leave it" offer leaves very little for counter offer - Borrow time for couple of days (if offer is still at your desired price) to give a cooling off period to raise demand (very marginally) or accept same.
Also - have the form of Payment, Transaction Terms, RC Transfer Fees & Responsibility with Agreement etc clearly discussed. Do check Original ID & Address Proof and retain a copy of ID & Address Proof before executing the transaction. Do not sell your car on address proof documents like Rent Agreement or on photocopy or unclear documents. It may well be possible that your car will never get transferred in name of seller.
Follow up for Transferred RC. Do note that in event of RC not transferred - vehicle will show off in name of original owner in RTO Records and any unfortunate event or misuse of vehicle will make the original owner of the vehicle as First Person Responsible.
Though - one may show and prove by documents that he has sold the vehicle - but why to take unnecessary hassle. Its best to call for transaction to be completed only once you get Copy of Transferred RC in name of new Buyer.
For info - If documents are completed and RTO Forms are submitted in RTO - it does not take more than 2 weeks for transfer with new smart card issuance in regular scenario.
Happy Selling !!!
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