Best Reasons to Sell to a Private Party
We understand not everyone has the time or inclination to do this, so selling it to a dealer is acceptable as long as you follow our guidelines.
However, there are two scenarios when you should try to sell the car yourself. (1) If your vehicle has over 100,000 miles or (2) has had to be repaired due to a major accident.
Vehicles with over 100,000 miles are less desirable for dealers. Most franchised dealers won't even sell the cars themselves, but rather wholesale them to other independent dealers or get rid of them at auction.
Bottomline - you won't be offered a great price for your vehicle, so you're much better off trying to sell it yourself directly to the end consumer.
The other time you want to sell it yourself is if the vehicle has been in a major accident. We're not talking about a dent or minor fender bender, but rather a repair that cost at least $1,500 or more.
Most dealers will automatically deduct half the cost of repairs from the value of your vehicle. So if your car cost $5,000 to repair, they will knock $2,500 off its value even though the car may be in perfect shape.
Selling the vehicle yourself will minimize this diminished value. You still won't get the same amount compared to if the car had never been in an accident, but you'll still be much better off.
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- Gregg Fidan
About: Gregg Fidan
Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.