By now it's redundant to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all aspects of our lives, and continues to throw a wrench into just about everything. Case in point? Buying a new car. Once upon a time, heading to the dealership for the latest make and model might have been a relatively straightforward procedure. But of course, that has changed with COVID.
Of course, used cars are also commanding higher sales prices than before, particularly cars that are in decent condition. (According to an article from Consumer Reports, "used car prices are 42 percent higher than they were in the first quarter of 2020, before the pandemic caused widespread closures and market disruptions.") This is good news for anyone who was hoping to sell a vehicle. Simply put, now is a really great time to put your car on the market, and potentially to get a really nice price without much hassle or haggling.
But even if you're ready to sell, actually going through with it can be daunting. This is especially true for those who've never sold a car on their own, and who may wonder about the best ways of doing so.
For California residents, there are a few good options for selling your used vehicle on your own. First, it might be wise to consider a few basic car-selling tips.
Gather All the Right Paperwork
Nobody likes the bureaucratic aspect of buying and selling cars, but alas, it really can't be avoided. Whether you're selling to a private buyer or to a dealership, you'll need to hand over the title and other registration information. Documents showing that your vehicle is up-to-date with routine maintenance can also be a way to instill some confidence in your buyer.
A more detailed list of documents you'll need to sell your car in California include:
Clean Your Car
Naturally, you'll want to appeal to sellers by presenting your vehicle in the best light possible. We recommend having it cleaned inside and out. You might even spring for a professional waxing or detail job. And don't forget to vacuum the upholstery and the carpets.
Take Care of Maintenance
Even in a seller's market, you may run into trouble selling your car for top dollar if there are obvious areas of neglect. A good way to avoid this is to have the vehicle inspected; if you pass the inspection without issue, provide proof of inspection to potential buyers. And if you do need to take care of something like an oil change or tire rotation, do so before you list the vehicle. Again, try to provide documentation to potential buyers.
Get a Smog Check
Generally speaking, when a vehicle changes hands in the State of California, the DMV will require a smog certificate. You must obtain this from an authorized test station. Note that your smog certificate will be valid for 90 days.
In some cases, you can skip this step, but only if:
Decide Where You Want to Sell Your Car
As for where to sell your car in California, there are a few options worth thinking about. These options include:
Of course, another option is to simply sell or trade your car at a conventional dealership. Doing so may be easier than these other options, but will probably result in you getting less cash, too.
Take Some Photos
Assuming you decide to sell your car online, you'll want to take some photos that cast the vehicle in a positive light. Make sure you collect as many angles as you can, featuring both the inside and outside of the vehicle. And don't forget to take some pictures of the engine itself!
Write Some Sales Copy
In addition to photos, online auto listings will also require some text. Give some basic stats, including the age, make, and model of your car. Denote the type of engine. Also make mention of any upgrades you've made to the car, along with an honest assessment of its condition.
Clearly, selling your car can be a long and involved process... but thankfully, there is a way you can make the process a lot more seamless and expedient.
If you're ready to sell, you can sell to BestBid, where you can not only fetch top dollar, but you can get funding same-day.
Some of the perks of selling your car to BestBid include:
Still have some questions about selling your car to BestBid? Here are answers to a few of the most common inquiries.
What are the steps involved with selling my car to BestBid?
You're welcome to get the ball rolling by submitting your vehicle information online, or by contacting one of our team members to walk you through the process. From there, we'll send you a quick and easy offer. You can accept it, and then we'll arrange for you to receive your same-day payment. We will also schedule a time for you to drop off your car to us.
What information do I need to provide about my vehicle?
To get an instant offer, you'll just need to provide us with the following details about your car:
1. Vin Number
3. List of options and accessories
4. Pictures of the Vehicle
5. Previous Damage
Can I sell my leased car to BestBid? What about my financed car?
Yes, you can! Our team of financing experts will work directly with your banking institution to pay off your loan or lease.
Ready to hear our offer? We can't wait to hear from you. Learn more about selling your car to BestBid: contact us directly.