How to Sell a Car at a Dealership

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Is it time for a vehicle upgrade to a new car? If so, you should know how to sell a car at a dealership. When you know how selling your car to a dealership works, you can save yourself a lot of time and frustration because you don’t have to deal with the hassle of selling your car in Columbia on your own. What’s more, you can be confident that you’re getting the best price possible when you follow these directions on how to sell a car at a dealership. 



How Does Selling Your Car to a Dealership Work? 

It’s so much easier to sell your car to a dealership than it is to place an ad to sell it on your own. Here’s how selling your car to a dealership works: 

  1. Clean Up Your Car: If it’s in your budget, it pays to get your car detailed and replace small parts like the windshield wipers and floor mats if needed.
  2. Write Down the Benefits Of Your Car: Have a detailed history of your maintenance records ready, because proof that you’ve stayed up to date on maintenance can net you a higher selling price. Also, let us know what additional features you’ve added. Items like bike mounts and extra key fobs can add up. 
  3. Have Your Car’s Title on Hand: This will save time and money compared to having to get a new copy of the title. 
  4. Research Your Car’s Value: Having an idea of what your car is worth before you bring it to Sharp Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM will give you the information you need for negotiating the price you want. First, you can get an estimate of your car’s worth with our Value Your Trade tool. Take a look at vehicles like yours at and Kelley Blue Book to find out what dealerships in your area have paid for cars like yours. Bring this information with you when it’s time to trade in your car. 
  5. Pick Your Dealership Wisely: If your car’s newer and in excellent condition, you won’t have a problem finding a dealership to buy it at a great price. However, if your car is older, you might have better luck with a used dealership. 

What to Expect When You Sell Your Car to a Dealership 

Now that you and your car are ready to come to our Lewisburg-area dealership, here are the next steps to expect: 

  1. Make an Appointment: While it’s fine to walk into a dealership to sell your car, the process will be faster and smoother if you make an appointment first. This allows us to make sure we have a staff member who can dedicate the time to you. 
  2. Used Car Manager: Most larger dealerships have a used car manager who will take your information and do a vehicle report search on your car. 
  3. Inspection: Either the used car manager or a technician from our service department will inspect your vehicle and give it an appraisal based on the information you brought from your research, the condition of your vehicle, and how many vehicles like yours are already in stock in the dealership’s used inventory
  4. Consider the Offer: Based on what the dealership offers you, you can accept the offer or go to another dealership to see if you can get a better offer. 

Sell Your Car to Sharp Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM!

At Sharp Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM we’re always looking to buy used cars! If you’d like to make an appointment to have your car appraised, contact us, and we’ll get you in whenever it’s convenient for you. When you sell your car to Sharp Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM you’ll get a great price in either cash or to put towards a car purchase with us. And you’ll save yourself the hassle of selling your car on your own, so contact us today!

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