We live in the “Do It Yourself” age, or “DIY” for short. Today, people are more likely to do everything for themselves. Cutting out the middle man has become common place. After all, why pay a fee or commission to someone else if you don’t have to? Better to keep all the money for yourself. This is especially true when it comes to selling a car, truck or minivan. More and more people nowadays are selling their vehicles themselves and keeping the profits. But are you doing everything you can to ensure you get top dollar for your second hand vehicle? Do you know all the steps you should follow to ensure that you get the most out of your old car or truck? Want to protect yourself and ensure that you don’t get ripped off? Here are 15 tips you should keep in mind when selling your own vehicle.
15. Keep Maintenance and Service Records
Show the person who buys your vehicle that you were a good owner by providing them with copies of the maintenance and service records. These include things such as oil changes, new tires, repairs, scheduled tune-ups and so on. A good set of service records provides assurance to the buyer that you were a diligent caretaker, and that the vehicle is in good working order. Don’t have the maintenance records? Not to worry. You can contact the service centres that have worked on your car over the years and get copies from them. They can most likely e-mail your records to you. Or, just write down what was done on a piece of paper with the phone number for the service center. This way, an interested buyer can confirm that you are an honest broker. Showing this type of care for the vehicle reinforces and justifies the price you are asking for the vehicle that you are selling.