How to Sell a Car at a Dealership

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If you’re considering selling your car to a dealership, then it’s important to know how the process works and how you can get the best deal possible. Learn the ins and outs of selling your car to a dealership with the finance center at Shottenkirk Chevrolet. Then, make the drive to our dealership from Quincy to get a great deal on your trade-in. 

Perks of Selling to a Dealership

Before we talk about how to sell a car at a dealership, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of selling to a dealership: 

  • Less time and hassles since you don’t have to worry about listing your car online, bartering with buyers, and giving out test drives to strangers. 
  • More money to put down towards the price of a new vehicle
  • Opportunity to save on taxes. 

What are you waiting for? Learn how to sell a car at our dealership in Quincy. 

What to Do Before Selling to a Dealership

So, how does selling your car to a dealership work? Here are the steps you should take when selling your car to a dealership:

  1. Clean your vehicle’s interior and have the exterior washed to give your car a nice shine, which will really help bump up the value. 
  2. Jot down any stand-out features of your car before you bring it in to a dealership. List things like the maintenance history, amenities, and more. 
  3. Be sure to bring your car’s title with you when you sell it to a dealership. This will help the process run quicker. 
  4. Value your trade with our online tool at Shottenkirk Chevrolet. This way, you’ll have some bargaining power when the dealership makes a final offer. 
  5. Research Dealerships in the Hannibal area wisely before selling your vehicle. Compare offers and see what kind of deals you can get for your trade-in. 

How Does Selling Your Car to a Dealership Work?

Now that you know how to sell a car to a dealership and what you need to prepare, follow these simple steps when you’re ready to bring your vehicle to a dealership: 

  1. Set up an appointment with a dealership before you drop off your vehicle. You don’t have to schedule an appointment, but this gives the dealership plenty of time to have everything ready to go. 
  2. Have the used car manager or specialist handle the rest of the sale. They will collect all of the necessary information about your vehicle and run a vehicle history report on your car. 
  3. The specialist or used car manager will take the car to the service center to have it inspected for quality, mechanical condition, and other factors. 
  4. The dealership will make you an offer based on their inspection. You can accept the offer, decline the offer, negotiate the offer, or go to another dealership to compare offers.

So, now that you know how to sell a car at a dealership, you can make the drive to Shottenkirk Chevrolet from Keokuk to get a great deal for your current vehicle. 

Shottenkirk Chevrolet Will Buy Your Car

Contact us to get the process started on selling your car for a same-day cash offer that you can pocket or put down towards a new car.

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