How to Sell a Car at a Dealership

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When you visit a Marietta dealership to purchase a car, you may be given the option to sell your current vehicle to the dealer. That’s how it works here at Atlanta Autos! We’re a used car dealership, so buying and selling pre-owned vehicles is our forte. Purchasing our customers’ vehicles allows them to take the money they earn from the sale and put it toward the used car they truly want. Below, you can learn more about how to sell a car at a dealership and what to expect along the way. 

How Does Selling Your Car to a Dealership Work? 

Selling your current vehicle to a dealership is a much easier process than you might think! Here’s how it works: 

  • First, clean your car. You want your car to look its best before you sell it. Have it washed and detailed, and replace any small parts that look old and worn. 
  • Next, jot down the benefits of your vehicle. In addition to having a comprehensive record of your car’s maintenance history (which, you’ve ideally been keeping all along), you’ll want to make note of any improvements you’ve made to the car. 
  • Make sure you have your car’s title with you. This makes it easier to transfer it to us when you’re ready to sell. 
  • Research the market value. and Kelley Blue Book are useful for researching a car’s market value. Use the information you find as a negotiation tool to make sure you get the best trade-in price possible.
  • Finally, choose your dealership carefully. Used-car-only dealerships like Atlanta Autos are great options, especially if you have an older vehicle.

What Can You Expect When You Trade-In a Car?

After you’ve chosen a dealership, it’s time to get the ball rolling! Take the following steps to successfully sell your car to a car dealer: 

  • Schedule a visit. You can walk into a dealership and sell a car, but scheduling an appointment allows both you and the dealership to be more prepared. 
  • Speak to a Used Car Manager. Dealerships typically have a Used Car Manager who oversees the pre-owned inventory. They’ll get your information, and then complete a vehicle history check. 
  • Complete an inspection. The Used Car Manager might call for an inspection of your car to make sure it’s in the best condition possible. 
  • Accept or negotiate the offer. You can also visit another dealership if you’re confident you can get a better offer elsewhere. 

What Are the Advantages of Selling Your Car to a Dealership? 

Selling your car at a dealership affords a lot of great benefits for you, which can include the following: 

  • Save time and hassles on the sale. Selling a car on your own takes up time; you have to post a listing, screen buyers, schedule test drives, and more. Selling to Atlanta Autos relieves you of those burdens. 
  • Lessen the amount you’ll pay on your next car. Or, you can simply pocket the money and be on your way — you don’t always have to buy in order to sell a car. 
  • Reduce tax costs. If you choose to trade-in your current car and purchase another one from us, you’ll pay sales on the difference between trade-in value and the price of your new car. 

Atlanta Autos Will Buy Your Car! 

Trading-in your car is a smart way to avoid the hassles of becoming a private seller, and to quickly reduce the price you’ll pay on your next car. If you have more questions about how to sell a car at a dealership, feel free to ask our experts! Contact us online or give us a call at 8888393977. You’re also welcome to refer to our car buying tips to learn more about topics like trade-ins, financing and leasing, and more.

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