So you want to sell your old car or trade it in for a new one? Fantastico ! Great decision
1)Get your car serviced,cleaned and any minor repairs taken care of: A clean,running and functional car is relatively easy to sell then a old car that is dirty , non operational and collecting dust.
2)Maintain and share the service record with the prospective buyer. This is a good way to display to the buyer that it is a well maintained and well looked after car. Self driven vehicles that are well maintained can fetch you a good price in the second hand car market.
3)Make sure the car has a valid pollution certificate and insurance as selling a car without these records is not only difficult but also illegal.Without proper paperwork you do not get the true value of your car.
4)Keep a copy of RC that is the registration certificate handy and other documents that may have come with the car. If your car was originally bought against a car loan or EMI (Easy Monthly Installments) then keep these documents ready. Also if you have bought accessories,battery ,tyres etc which you have bought recently and may still be under warranty then make a list of these additional items and bring it to the notice of the prospective buyer(s) this way you can get a better price for your old car.
5) Once the car is cleaned do click a few pictures of it from various angles. These pics can be used to post ads on online sites which sell and trade in used cars. Posting ads with recent pictures of the car you want to sell is a good way of attracting genuine buyers. As this way the buyers know what to expect when they come to see the car. This saves time,money and disappointments and you can come to a deal with the right buyer.
6) Take a test drive: Actually this should be the number #1 thing for you to do when you are planning to sell your old car.Yes you read it right. As for a lot of buyers selling their old cars is the first step towards the buying of a new one so take a test drive. Play some peppy music on its music system and check the navigation system, see if the model comes with airbags fitted, enquire about the fuel efficiency.Tell the car dealer that you want to trade in /sell your old car. In a lot of cases when you trade in an old car you get additional discounts on purchase of a new one.This way you get to know about any exchange offers that may be going on for your old car. You get to try a new model and the latest technologies that are being used in these cars. As you already have your old car with you so there is no stress for you to rush into a buy decision. You can weigh the pros and cons and take a informed decision about the model you want to buy. Check the various features. See if the color you want to buy is available or not. At times it would be there and on other times you would have to make a booking and wait. So having a stand buy car that is your old car in the mean time helps.
This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.