How to Sell a Car at a Dealership

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It’s easier than ever to sell your car, especially if you sell it at a dealership like DCH Ford of Eatontown. How does selling your car to a dealership work? It’s much easier than selling to a private party! Generally, dealerships even have buyback programs! If you’re looking to sell or trade your car, we can help. If you’re looking for general information about how to sell a car at a dealership, read on or contact us!


How Does Selling Your Car to a Dealership Work? 

Selling your car to a Wall Township area dealership is quite simple, but there are some steps that you’ll want to take first so that your vehicle is in the best possible shape it can be before you go through the trade-in process. Here’s what to do:

  • Clean Your Vehicle: Having your car washed, detailed, and replacing small parts like windshield wipers or floor mats can increase the curb appeal and actual value of your vehicle before you bring it in to a dealership to trade. 
  • Make a List of Your Car’s Unique Selling Points: Having a detailed history of the maintenance record of your vehicle, a list of its extras and upgrades, and a list of its accessories like extra key fobs or bike mounts will increase the value of your vehicle and make it more appealing to dealerships. 
  • Locate or Order Your Car’s Title: You’ll need to have your vehicle’s title handy when you sell your vehicle.
  • Research Your Car’s Book Value: Use tools from, Kelley Blue Book, or your local dealership to find the trade-in value of your car. You can use this number to negotiate your price or get an approximate value for what the dealer is willing to buy your car for.
  • Choose Your Dealership Carefully: Most Red Bank dealerships will buy your vehicle regardless of their inventory if it’s in decent shape, but not all will provide you the same value for it. Do your research and choose a dealer that pays competitively according to fair market values like DCH Ford of Eatontown!

What to Expect When Selling Your Vehicle to a Dealer

Once you’ve gone ahead and completed all of the above steps and you have your proverbial ducks in a row, it’s time to begin the sales process. Here’s what to expect in terms of process:

  • Make an Appointment: You generally can walk into a dealership and sell your car, but it’s preferable to make an appointment so the dealer knows to expect you and has the required time, and so that you and can have the proper documents ready.
  • Used Car Manager: Most dealerships will direct you to a Used Car Manager or a salesperson to handle the sale of your vehicle. They’ll collect your information, then run a vehicle history report on your car. 
  • Inspection: In many instances, the Used Car Manager will inspect your vehicle or send it to the service center for an inspection to ensure that it’s in good working condition. 
  • 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. 

Why Sell Your Car at a Dealership Like DCH Ford of Eatontown?

When you choose to sell your vehicle to a dealership instead of to a private party (person), there are several benefits to be had, including but not limited to:

  • Ease & Time Savings: Selling your vehicle to a dealership is much less involved than selling it to a private party. You won’t have to worry about listing your vehicle, evaluating potential buyers and inviting them to your home, and making sure you’re filling out the right forms. You also won’t have to worry about strangers wanting to test drive your car.
  • Trade-In Process: Using your vehicle as a trade-in allows you to apply your current vehicle’s value towards your new car. This allows you to offset the price of your new vehicle or significantly lower your monthly payments. 
  • Potential Tax Savings: When you trade-in your current vehicle and purchase another vehicle from DCH Ford of Eatontown, you only pay the sales tax on the difference between the trade-in value and the cost of your new car. 

Sell Your Car to DCH Ford of Eatontown!

Ready to sell your car in Eatontown the easy way? We here at DCH Ford of Eatontown are happy to help! Give us a call at 732-649-1637 or make the drive from Tinton Falls in person to speak to one of our expert vehicle acquisition experts at the DCH Ford of Eatontown finance center.


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