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How to Sell Your Vehicle Fast?

When it comes to selling your vehicle quickly, these tips can speed up the process.


Imagine you have a 7-year-old pickup truck sitting in your driveway. It would be great to sell it quickly to make room for your new vehicle and free up some cash for the down payment on that new car. 


There are many ways to unload a car quickly but holding out for the highest bidder isn’t usually an option. If speed is your goal, it’s usually a good idea to be willing to settle for a little less. Before you put your used vehicle up for sale, like at Kelley Blue Book Canada’s classified ads, take stock of what you have, make a list of priorities— your goals for the sale— and get a reasonable price without keeping your vehicle on the market for too long. 

Here are a few tips from Kelley Blue Book Canada to get you started: 

Tip #1. Know what your vehicle is worth 

Use Kelley Blue Book Canada’s web-based valuation tools to get an accurate value for your used car, SUV or truck. It also helps to peruse local listings to see what other similar vehicles— with comparable equipment, mileage, and options— are selling for in your area. Keep in mind that the used car market favours fuel efficiency so larger engine sizes and a higher power ratings will be worth more when gas prices are low but can be grounds for a sale price reduction if fuel is expensive. Options like leather seats (assuming they’re in good condition), navigation and alloy wheels can be used as selling points to enhance a vehicle’s value so be sure to include those in the description. Kelley Blue Book Canada has provisions to include those extras in calculating an accurate vehicle value. 

Tip #2. Fix the broken things 

The busted door lock lever, the loose radio knob, the clattering exhaust pipe shield—it’s in your best interest to fix these things before putting yourvehicle on the market. Little annoyances that may have plagued you for years—things you’ve gotten used to and primarily forgotten about—will decrease the appeal of your vehicle in the eyes of a potential buyer. More significant mechanical issues should be dealt with immediately unless you plan on selling your vehicle “as is” at a bargain-basement price as a mechanic’s special. 

Tip #3. Line up a mechanic 

While you’re getting things fixed, have your mechanic do a general inspection with a printed report to show potential buyers. Your prospects may want to (and should) have their mechanic check over the vehicle, but if you’ve already had it done by a reputable shop, you will increase your chances of completing a sale quickly. At the very least, you can suggest your mechanic—someone who already knows the ins and outs of the vehicle—as a potential inspector for the buyer. 


Tip #4. Clean up 

Before you do anything, have your vehicle professionally detailed—or do it yourself, but do an extensive job. Not many people will feel good about a used car with stained carpets and dull paint. Fix small dings and scratches with touch-up paint (making sure to follow the instructions on the bottle). Have the seats and carpets shampooed, and the dashboard and door panels cleaned. Remove stickers and other personal items—anything that could deter a potential buyer who may not share your tastes. 


Tip #5. Take lots of photos 

Potential buyers will want to see the vehicle from every angle, including front, rear, sides, three-quarter views (from an angle) and interior photos showing all seating and luggage areas. Be sure to include pictures of the engine compartment and undercarriage, too. That way, you won’t have people asking you for photos you don’t have, leading to delays. Choose an area with even lighting—such as the shadow side of a large building—for taking pictures. Choose a plain background that doesn’t interfere with the colour of the vehicle (contrast is good). Avoid backlit photos for clearer images. 


Tip #6. Be descriptive 

Organize your vehicle's description into short sections containing as much detail as possible (but not too much, as you don't want to bore the reader). You'll want to list recent work done on the vehicle and features and ownership history (if possible). Let the buyer know up front if the vehicle has been in any accidents (that you know of) or any issues that haven't yet been addressed. Above all, be honest. 


Tip #7. Include a Vehicle History Report 

Most buyers will want to see a VIN history, so make sure you have one ready to go. Most marketplace websites have a provision for a VIN report link so that potential buyers can peruse the report before even contacting you. Be careful when selecting a VIN history service. A few of them are scams that serve only as a way for thieves to get your credit card information. Reputable services like Carfax will most likely have a detailed report on your vehicle’s accident and title history (at least, whatever has been documented). 


Tip #8. Keep your asking price low 

Let’s say you’re selling a Ford F-150. There will most likely be dozens of others on the market in your area, many with the same equipment and options. You can distinguish yours from the competition by undercutting the prevailing market price by a little bit. This even holds true among less common vehicles. Keeping the price low will increase the likelihood of a quick sale. Don’t go too low, though. Potential buyers may be thrown off and think there’s something wrong with your vehicle. 



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