How to Sell Your Car Online
Whoever tried to convince the good citizens of earth that selling a vehicle was more enjoyable than buying one, deserves a slap. Alas, it doesn’t negate the unimpeachable fact that this is a chore that most of us need to do from time to time. And you will need to put in a bit of elbow grease in the process. The more, the better. Even if it means taking a few more minutes making sure that the photo you are taking for the online ad looks extra good. It could even be the difference between hundreds of dollars.
Here are some hints that will help you do this right the first time.
Choose where you are going to sell
There are different strengths and weaknesses associated with all the different online classified websites. You may find that a site like Craigslist is great because it’s free. However, the flip side is that more people use it as a result, and your listing will be but a drop in an ocean of ads. The same kind of trade-offs occurs with all advertising sites. Look at what site fits your needs and your personality and go with that. If you have the access to your local websites where people trade the vehicle the most, just go for that and make the process easier for yourself.
Snap a tonne of photos
You will want to take a few pictures and choose the best one. Have a look online to see what works best for a car photo. There are certain angles that show the entire vehicle in a dynamic way, and avoid direct front on or side on photographs. Don’t have any rubbish or debris in the pic. Take note of the lighting, and try not to take the photo at eye level as this can make it look boring. Take it either crouching or kneeling to have an interesting perspective. Just make sure that upload the correct images on the classified website because online buyers don’t like to be swindled by amending images.
Write a great description
You will want to strike the right balance between honesty and hyperbole. Don’t lie about your vehicle as you will just waste people’s time. Hype up the features and positives, and mention the flaws, but don’t dwell on them. Just remember that you want to sell this thing, but not rip anyone off. The best thing about being honest about what is wrong with the vehicle is that it will make you seem honest, increasing the perceived trustworthiness for people interested in your car.
Establish the price
A tried and true method for finding out the worth or value of your vehicle is to go to a site like craigslist and viewing ads for automobiles very similar or identical to your own. This will give you an idea of what price to place on yours. If you are on an auctioning site, you will have to make leeway for bidding wars, and on simple trading sites, you will need to create wiggle room for negotiations on the price. You can also get the valuation from your regular mechanic, it will give you the ballpark idea to initiate the start price for your vehicle.
Clean your car
This should really be number one. Don’t sell your car in a dirty condition. You don’t go to a job interview without taking a shower and wearing ripped jeans and t-shirt. People are shallow, and first visual impressions do have a huge impact, regardless of how illogical this is.
Follow these tips and sell your car online today without getting swindled.
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