Understand the market
You should know that depending on the kind of car you have, it will determine the ease of sale of your car. If you have a vintage car or an exotic car, chances are it would take a longer time to sell them. If you have a sedan, it may not be the most exciting sale but it is usually the fastest one to sell since it is reliable and not too flashy.
Have your car appraised or check for its value. Many car sales people sell their car quite interestingly by not making the price fixed like 12995 or 12990.95. It just makes sense since a person looking at a 20 dollar piece would prefer to buy something worth 19.95. However, since you are a private seller, sell it precisely as it is.
Make it look good
If you are going to sell the car as it is, make sure that it actually looks decent as it is. Check the car inside and out from the engine to the wheels and clean up the mess if there are any. Do not present it like garbage since it will really affect your pricing later.
Advertising the car
You can make an ad across town. You can go online and use car sale bulletins and some other free advertising sites like Craiglist or other more reputable websites. If you are planning on selling the car to people just around your neighborhood or around certain proximity of your house, advertise it by word of mouth or else, use the internet.
Market it well
Tell in honesty the details of the car and other details about the ride like the model, the mileage, damages and if you are selling it as it is, have your mechanic check your car and have it documented and prepared. It is important to be creative and tasteful but not on the grounds of dishonesty.
Showing your car
Before entertaining the buyer to your home to show your car, you may want to have a phone conversation first and talk to them personally. If you feel that they are a bit on the questionable character, move on to the other. Most of the time, they will ask to have it checked by a mechanic so show them the documentation from your mechanic and if they still are not convinced, you may want to join in if it will be checked by the buyer’s mechanic.
Negotiating for a price
Stick to your price as much as possible but try to be flexible if the offer is reliable enough for the car condition. If you have no issues with the pricing, then it would not be much of an issue.
You should have been aware of the necessary repairs and the buyer should be aware that a used car is not perfect. It is essential that if you are not certain regarding the pricing, have your mechanic re-check the car for further evaluation. If there is an actual cost that was not included, then subtract that cost from the price.
Finalizing the sale
Be sure that when you make the sale, you go ahead and fix all necessary transfer of documents in a legal manner. If damage occurred and the sale has already been made, you are no longer liable to that damage. Take a last look at your trunk or dashboard and check if you have anything left there that is very special to you.
What to expect after
You should have done your assignment before you sold the car so that you are not liable at all no matter what happens.