How to Sell Your Car to a Dealership

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Planning to sell your car in the Santa Monica area? While you can sell it privately, you’ll find that it can be much more convenient and less time-consuming to sell it to a dealership. How does selling your car to a dealership work? The finance team at Cadillac of Beverly Hills is here to walk you through the process.

How to Sell Your Car to a Dealership: Preliminary Steps

The following steps will help ensure that selling your car to a dealership will go smoothly and that you get the best possible price:

  • Prepare the Car for Sale: Wash the vehicle and clean and vacuum the interior. Don’t forget to remove all personal items. You should also consider making minor repairs, such as replacing burned-out bulbs, damaged floor mats, and any small interior or exterior parts that are broken. More extensive repairs can be left to the dealer, as it will cost them less to fix.
  • List the Benefits Of Your Car: Make a list of all features and any accessories you have added to the vehicle. This will help to increase the value of your vehicle and make it more attractive to the dealership.
  • Gather the Necessary Documents: You will need to have the title, registration, and any outstanding loan information on hand for the dealership, as this will help streamline the process. It’s also a good idea to bring any service records in order to show that the car has been kept up to date with required maintenance.
  • Value Your Trade: Knowing how much the car is worth will help you get a fair price. Cadillac of Beverly Hills offers an online car appraisal tool, which will give you an estimate on how much your vehicle is worth. You can also find similar tools at and Kelley Blue Book.

How Does Selling Your Car to a Dealership Work?

Now that the vehicle is ready for sale and you have collected all the paperwork and have a value estimate, you’re prepared to visit %%di_name%. How does selling your car to a dealership work? Here’s what to expect:

  • Make an Appointment: Setting up an appointment will alert the dealer so they will be ready when you arrive.
  • Used Car Manager: A used car manager or a salesperson will collect your information and run a vehicle history report on your car.
  • Inspection: One of the technicians in our Service Center will inspect the appearance and mechanical condition of the vehicle.
  • Receive an Offer: Based on the vehicle history report and our inspection, we will make you an offer that you can either choose to negotiate or accept outright.

Benefits of Selling Your Car to a Dealership

Some of the advantages of selling a car at a dealership include:

  • Convenience: If you sell your car privately, you’ll have to list the vehicle online, field inquiries, set up test drives, haggle over price, and deal with the paperwork. This can take weeks or even months. Selling to a dealership will only take an hour or so, plus we’ll handle all of the paperwork for you!
  • Lower Your New Car Price: Looking to trade in your car? You can apply your current vehicle’s value towards your new car, crossover, or SUV in order to offset the price and lower your monthly payments.
  • Save on Taxes: When you trade-in your car for a new vehicle at Cadillac of Beverly Hills, you will only pay sales tax on the difference between the trade-in value and the cost of your new car. 

Sell Your Car Today at Cadillac of Beverly Hills!

Have a better idea of how to sell a car at a local dealership? Looking for the easiest way to get top dollar for your used car? Sell it to Cadillac of Beverly Hills! We’re always on the lookout for quality vehicles in the Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills area to add to our used car inventory. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact us online.

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