If you need to sell your car quickly, you may become frustrated by how slowly certain advertising channels move. The classifieds are among the slowest and trading in at a dealership may not be an option (or practicality) on extremely short notice.
Fortunately, the Internet has the solution. The Web is open for business, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and car buyers are constantly combing webpages in search of deals on used cars. To sell your car fast, you’ve got to use the Internet to your advantage. Here are a few tips for getting your car online and, with a little luck, sold – fast.
Ask the Right Price
The first thing that sellers think of when forced to sell a car fast is the price. The temptation is often to price it to move (that is, to price it well below its true worth). However, this can actually do more harm than good. Car shoppers are circumspect of offers that seem too low, especially when the seller seems to be in a rush. Even when you want to sell your car in a hurry, you should still start the negotiations at a price close to the car’s fair market price.
Make It Easy to Find
Private sellers are looking online for deals on wheels. To move your car on to a new owner quickly, you need to put it in a location where private sellers are looking. Online used car marketplaces, auction sites, and message boards. The latter works best if you’re selling a car with a cult following (think of a Porsche 911 or Ford Mustang).
Snap a Few Pics
Even if you only have an iPhone camera with which to photograph the car, any listings you create will benefit from the inclusion of pictures of the car. Car buyers skip over ads that don’t have pictures, so be certain to include a few in your listing.
Gather the Paperwork
Before you can sell your car, it must have current Roadworthy Certification and be cleared of any debts against it. If you’re in a rush to sell your car, you’ll want to prepare all the necessary documents in advance, in case you need to request a reprint, which can put the brakes on the sales process.