How to Sell Your Car to Us

January 14th, 2022 by

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Here at CBS Quality Cars, we buy and sell vehicles every day, so for us, selling a car is as routine as making a cup of coffee or tying our shoes. We have a lot of people who come to us looking to sell their vehicle that feel nervous or uncertain about the process, which is understandable. Fortunately, you can sell your car without too much hassle, as long as you take a moment to go over what’s required to make the process as simple as possible. Selling us your car also makes things go more smoothly because you’re working with people who have a lot of experience.

Today, we’re going to take a look at what’s involved with selling us your car and what you need to know before you sell. Of course, if you have any questions, please feel free to call or contact us, and we’ll be happy to answer all of them. The most important thing is that you get a fair price for your vehicle and walk away knowing that you got a good deal.

Selling Your Car: Private vs Dealership

The first thing you need to consider, when you’re ready to sell your car, is whether you should try to sell it to another person in a private sale or to a dealership like us. There are pros and cons to both, and while we certainly believe selling to a dealer is your best bet, the choice is up to you. When selling to another person as a private sale, you’ll have the best chance of getting the most money for your vehicle, which is the biggest advantage. The downside, however, is that you’re also opening yourself up to a lot of potential scams and other issues since you don’t really know anything about the person you’re selling to (assuming it’s not a friend or family member).

You also cannot typically sell a vehicle to someone if you owe money on it, such as if you’re still paying off a loan on that vehicle. Similarly, you’ll need to make sure you take every precaution to not lose money on the sale, and you’ll need to handle all of the paperwork and make sure you do everything right to transfer the car. Finally, you’ll have to do all of the work to actually find a buyer – including listing your vehicle online or in a trade publication, talking with potential buyers, and working out all of the details to sell your car.

If you come to us to sell your vehicle, on the other hand, all of the hassle and risk are eliminated, and the process becomes a lot easier. You can even get started right now by using the tools on our website to get an estimate for what your car might be worth and provide us with your information so we can contact you to find out more. There’s no worry of meeting a potentially sketchy person in a random location and hoping they won’t turn out to be a creep – you’ll always feel safe and secure when working with us at CBS Quality Cars.

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Before You Sell

When you sell us your car, things can happen pretty fast, so it’s a good idea to take a bit of time to make sure you have everything ready to make the sale. For starters, get together all of the paperwork and anything else that came with your vehicle when you bought it. If you still have a loan on the car, then get the information about that too, and make sure you have the title and registration information for your vehicle. If you want to, you can print up the paperwork necessary to sell your car in North Carolina, which includes an odometer disclosure statement and damage disclosure statement – though we’re happy to help you and provide these forms.

Before you bring your vehicle to us to sell it, it’s a good idea to clean it thoroughly inside and out. For one thing, we’re more likely to offer more money for a vehicle that looks good, plus this is a great way to make sure you don’t accidentally leave anything inside the car. You might be tempted to have some repairs done to try to boost the value of your car, but the reality is that these things are rarely worth it.

Here at CBS Quality Cars, like many dealerships, we have our own service center and certified professionals on-site. That means we can handle repairs, maintenance, and anything else that needs to be done for less money than you will spend having a mechanic do these things. The added value we’re willing to pay for such fixes is usually less than what it will cost you, so don’t worry too much about trying to replace your tires or anything else.

What You Need for a Car Sale

When you come to us to sell your car, the most important document you need to have is the title for your vehicle. You’ll also want to have your driver’s license as proof of identification; if you used our online tool to get an estimate for the value of your vehicle, then you should bring that information too. Once you come to us, then we’ll inspect your vehicle and make you an official offer for what we’ll pay for it – having an estimate with you might illustrate something we miss that’s worth us taking a look at.

You can also bring along other paperwork, like the disclosure statements we mentioned above, but these are documents that we can provide and help you fill out if you don’t have them. We cannot provide you with a title for your vehicle or an official copy of it, so that’s why you need to bring that. We’ll also give you a bill of sale, which isn’t required when you sell your vehicle privately but is a good idea to have.

Of course, you should also bring all original equipment, accessories, and paperwork you received with the vehicle. Make sure you have all of your copies of your keys to provide us with once we buy your car. Also, ensure you have a way to get home after the sale unless you plan on using your vehicle for a trade-in or shopping with us after we buy your car. There’s absolutely no obligation or commitment to sell when we make you an offer for your vehicle, and we’ll never pressure you to accept a price that you’re not comfortable with.

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After the Sale

Once we buy your car, you’ll need to remove the license plates – we can do this for you – and turn them into the state Department of Motor Vehicles. You need to keep your insurance on the vehicle until you hand in the license plates due to North Carolina being a continuous liability insurance state, so be sure to get your plates turned in as soon as possible so you can cancel your insurance on the vehicle right away. After we buy your car, you’re then free to do whatever you wish: walk away with your money, look at our vehicles to buy something new, or anything else.

If you’re looking to use your car as a trade toward something else, then let us know because we may be able to work out a deal that’s more beneficial for you as a trade. Also, if you still owe money on your vehicle, then we can help you figure out how to get your financing sorted and apply the difference in what you owe and what we pay toward a new car, truck, or SUV. You have a lot of options when you’re looking to sell your car, and choosing a reliable dealership is a great way to make the process a lot easier on you.

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