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10 Steps for Selling Your Car

2 Know Your Car's True Condition

You may think your car "drives like new" and shines like a baby seal, but its value will depend on its actual condition, so you'll need to be both knowledgeable and realistic about it.

Owners tend to overestimate the value of their car, which can lead to unrealistic expectations. If you ultimately set your asking price too high, you'll probably have more trouble selling it. Consider going to your mechanic for an assessment. He/she can identify problems with the engine, plus things you may overlook, like a broken tail light or features you don't use.

A pre-sell inspection can be worth the investment because:

  • You'll arm yourself with the information a buyer will find if they do their own inspection
  • A recent inspection will put buyers at ease and may even head off a buyer's need to have the car inspected on their own

Or to get a sense of your car's true condition on your own, start with the KBB.com Condition Quiz.

Next Step 3: Decide Whether to Trade-in or Sell Yourself
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