Chances are that when you first bought your classic car you imagined it staying in your possession well into the later years of your life. After all, there’s so much more that goes into a classic car than just the car itself. It comes with memories, hopes, dreams, and in many cases a lot of blood sweat and tears.
That’s why you want to make sure that you sell it to the right person for the right amount. The great news is that selling your car to the perfect person doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some of the best tips for successfully selling your classic car.
Do Your Research
The first step is doing your research so that you know what kind of value you have on your hands. You don’t want to go too high or too low, or you could find yourself struggling to find a buyer— or worse, lose money on a lousy sale.
So, do as much research as possible so that you have a clear understanding with absolutely no doubts about the lowest price you’re wanting to go.
Get It Maintained
Just because your car is for sale doesn’t mean that you should stop taking care of it. You should make sure that your car is up to par by scheduling regular maintenance appointments to get the best possible price on your sale. If there are any mechanical issues whatsoever, this can significantly drop your car’s value, so don’t neglect inspections and regular maintenance with your mechanic.
Consider Trading In
While you may be convinced that selling your car is the best way to go, some people find that trading in may be more interesting. When you trade-in, you may be able to find a rare car that you’ve been really wanting, from a seller that feels the same about your car. However, in many cases, trading can result in a significant drop in value than you would have made had you sold.
Consider The Buyer
If you’re extremely passionate about your classic car, which chances are you are, then you must be extremely particular about who you’re selling your car to. Selling it to just anyone is not the goal. After all, the last thing you want is the precious vehicle that meant so much to you getting auctioned off to someone who won’t take care of it. A classic car is like artwork. You want to make sure that it’s passed down to other buyers who will continue to keep it maintained and in working order.
Keep it Clean
It may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people neglect this seemingly simple step. It’s important that you keep your car as clean as a whistle if you hope to appeal to the right buyer. Wash it regularly, and keep it covered— ideally inside a garage. Before anyone comes to view it, make sure that it’s in exquisite condition.