Sell My Car

When you find yourself saying “I need to sell my car” more often than not to your family, friends, or peers, it may be time to put your words into action. However, take our word for it and don’t put yourself through the troubles of trying to sell it yourself. You are likely trying to sell your car for a reason, whether it is because you want the extra money to use toward your family’s next vacation, or maybe you just need to get it out of the driveway. Whatever reason you are choosing to sell rather than keep or trade in your car, we promise you, the hassle of selling your car through a private sale is not worth your time, the effort, or the stress it will likely cause you.

Contrary to what you may have heard or what you might think, you won’t profit more by selling your car on your own. Instead, here at CBS Quality Cars, we’ve compiled a list of the essentials of selling a car that we think you should know about, which may convince you to consider selling it to us.

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Why Sell Your Car to a Dealership?

On top of the list of “must-haves” and “must do's” that come with selling a car, there are less obvious reasons why you should sell to a dealership. For example, let's take a look at the risk factor of selling on your own. Private vehicle sales require a lot of work, and we mean a lot. With more work comes time and energy that is taken away from more enjoyable things, like going to dinner and the movies with your family or even going on a vacation across the country to make your family’s yearly reunion.

If your time is valuable to you, that is something you need to consider when you are selling your car. When you put the “for sale” sign in the window of your car, people are not going to pay you for the time you lost out on with your family or the energy that was taken from you so you could make sure the car you want to get rid of is sold for its highest market value. People are going to hassle you and likely offer you less than what your asking price is, again wasting valuable time. Unfortunately, not only will you be spending a lot of time dealing with the potential buyers, but you are also going to spend time that you will never get back preparing your vehicle for the sale.

From cleaning it out, detailing it, inspecting it, and possibly making minor repairs to it to listing it and advertising it, you have a lot of work on your hands if you want to sell your car yourself. If you are up for a challenge and don’t mind volunteering your time that could be spent with your family or even just relaxing by yourself, we won’t stop you. Just keep in mind, we warned you.

However, if you prefer not to risk losing valuable time that can be spent on more enjoyable things, or risk putting all that time and effort into selling yourself with the possibility it may not even sell, we can help. We can make sure you get the most for your car without you needing to do anything other than taking out your personal belongings, bringing us the car, and making sure you have the title for us. Everything else, other than a few signatures from you, we will handle for you.

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What Do You Need to Do Before You Sell Your Car?

As previously mentioned, if you want to sell your car to us, there truly is not much you need to do before you bring it by. Making your car presentable and in good running condition by checking the essentials like fluid levels and making sure the lights work may help you negotiate the price if our first offer isn’t everything you had hoped for. However, other than cleaning out your personal items and information from the infotainment systems, along with canceling or transferring vehicle subscriptions like satellite radio and making sure you have the car’s title with you, we’ll handle the rest. If you still favor the idea of a private sale, then the rest of the selling process is on you.

When you choose to sell on your own, you will need to do more than just some light cleaning and have the title ready to get the value of your car. We recommend anyone selling their car to know their car’s worth, no matter which selling option they choose, so you know what your profit possibilities are. Even those selling to a dealer should know their car’s market value, so they know they are getting a fair value for their car because not every dealership is as honest and driven by customer satisfaction as CBS Quality Cars. But, when you sell privately, you need to thoroughly study the market and know who your buying audience is, where they are from, and what time of year they are willing to buy models like yours.

On top of just snapping a few photographs of your car and listing it on your local social media marketplace for the highest price Kelley Blue Book said you could get for it, your research for listing should be more in-depth if you want to sell at your listing price. If you are trying to sell a convertible here in the Durham area of North Carolina, although we may not get as cold as other parts of the country, we still get cold enough in January to not want to drive with the top down, which means you may want to list your car in the warm months. Similarly, if you live in the countryside of our wonderful state, where most people drive trucks to keep their farms up and running, you will want to advertise your compact commuter car with a more urban audience than your neighbors if you want to actually make a sale.

Coinciding with the research and proper planning for your car’s sale, you will also need a thorough inspection with repairs and heavy detailing to the exterior and interior of the car so that your potential buyers will want to buy your car for the price you set. Unless you are a DIYer and handy, the inspection, repairs, and cleaning may cost you money, taking away from your overall profit in addition to the time and energy you will be putting into the selling process. Better yet, let’s not forget the paperwork you will need to get together for your potential buyers. Because if you are still not convinced to sell to a dealer like us, maybe the daunting task of paperwork will be enough to deter you.

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What Paperwork Do You Need?

Having your car’s title in hand is necessary no matter who you sell to. However, the paperwork that we would take care of for you, if you chose to sell to us at CBS Quality Cars, is up to you to gather and take care of if you want to sell privately. Although it is not required for a private sale in North Carolina, it is highly recommended to have a sale contract, like a Bill of Sale. This should have the car’s description and basic information as well as the buyer and seller’s information and signatures, the date of sale, and whether the vehicle is being sold as-is or if the buyer is offering some sort of warranty with the sale, which is unlikely.

Nevertheless, North Carolina requires a notarized transfer of a vehicle’s title, your valid North Carolina driver's license and a black and white copy of any secondary owners, a Lien Release if there are any liens on the vehicle, a completed Odometer Disclosure Statement, and a completed Damage Disclosure Statement. Although that completes the list for the requirements of the sale, there are other essential documents that will assist you in selling your car.

When you are competing with other private sellers, like yourself, selling similar models at similar prices, what is going to make your car stand out from the rest? Firstly, a thorough inspection with repairs to make sure your car is in its prime for the next owner, removing any and all signs of your ownership, down to the minor details like your dog’s fur embedded in the carpet underneath the seats. Secondly, any transferable warranty paperwork, a vehicle history report, and any maintenance paperwork you can find will show your potential buyers your car was taken care of and is more valuable than the model down the street. If all of this sounds overwhelming, that’s because selling a car is a daunting task. Luckily, if it seems like it is going to be too much for you to sell your car on your own, we have your back.

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