You may think it’s easy to sell your car and that you only need to find a buyer, sign over the title, get money and hand over the key.
Unfortunately, finding the right buyer for your car may sometimes prove a challenging task. You have to find the right price and have proper documentation. And since every State has its own rules and regulations for selling a car, you must abide by the laws of your State.
So, if you’re selling your car in Washington State, you must ensure you follow the appropriate sales procedures. Here are the factors to consider;
Have The Right Paperwork
To successfully sell your car, you must ensure you have the following documents ready;
The title- commonly known as the pink slip, it’s a legal and registered document showing that you’re the rightful owner of the car.
The Odometer reading- this document indicates the number of miles the vehicle has covered. It’s a significant factor in determining a car’s worth.
Bill of sale- ensure you get a Washington bill of sale. It entails the model, year, VIN, license plate, date of the deal, plus the purchase price.
Emission certificate- the document indicates the number of emissions your car can lawfully release.
So, before you decide to sell your car, have all the documents ready and let the buyer fill in their details. You must, however, avoid handing over the bill of sale before receiving payments.
Secondly, you must always keep your title safe. Once stolen, someone may sign over the ownership of the car. To ensure it’s safe until when you’re ready to sign it over to your buyer.
Remove The Plates
Ensure you remove your license plate. Selling a car with your licensed plate exposes you to traffic fines, tickets, and towing costa, among others. Plus, leaving the plate would mean you can claim ownership. So, promptly remove the plates so that you don’t complicate things.
Have Your Car Inspected
It can be hard to find a market for an un-roadworthy car. Besides, most buyers would even want to have a test drive to know the vehicle’s condition before they buy it. Any abnormality with the vehicle can cause a change in a purchase decision. Worst is, some buyers would even want to know the car’s accident or previous history.
So ensure you give the latest and updated service report of the car to ensure there are no underlying issues that may cause market rejection. Also, ensure your vehicle is at its best. So, remove any of your personal belongings, and maintain the shape of the car.
Know The Value of the Car and Research the Market
After inspecting and putting the car into good shape, now it’s time to put a value on it. Consult any car trader or do your own research of the market. Keep in mind that the market works differently for different cars. So, ensure you do proper research to identify the best time to sell your vehicle.
Place The Add
The car is now in good condition, and you know the value. So what’s remaining is letting the world know that your car exists. To lure most buyers, make suitable adverts with quality photos of your vehicle.