Sell My Car

You’ve gotten to the point where you want a new car or just don’t need the one you’re driving anymore. So, you start googling "sell my car" in hopes of finding the fastest way to get rid of it for the best price. There are many approaches you can take. You could place a "For Sale" sign in your car, but do you want strangers coming up to you all the time asking you about your car? There are classified ads and online services for listing your car for sale, but then you are going to have strangers calling, texting, and emailing you all day and night. Plus, at the end of the day, can you trust these people to actually pay you when you finally make the deal? What do you do if the check they gave you bounces and now they have possession of your car? Also, there is always the chance that one of these prospective buyers gets into an accident while test-driving your car, starting a whole series of unfortunate events.

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You can put all of these potential problems and headaches out of your mind in one simple way: sell your car to us! At Ryan Cadillac Minot, we are always looking to buy used cars, no matter the make or model. We are a family owned and operated dealership right here in Minot, North Dakota, and have been proudly serving drivers in this place we call home since 1945. This gives you the peace of mind that you are dealing with a reputable dealership that will stand behind the deal we make with you. Also, we have a reputation for fair dealing so you know we will give you a great price from us for your car.

Why You Should Sell To Our Dealership

There are three very good reasons for selling your car to a dealership like ours. First, selling to a dealership is fast. We will inspect your car and give you a price right on the spot. This will include two options: selling your car for cash or using it as a trade-in for another vehicle from our dealership. In both cases, you will get a price that we stand behind. There are no last-minute tricks or gimmicks like you will find if you try selling it to another driver. In addition, we cut out all the hassles and back-and-forth that go on with private sales. You will be shocked at how convenient it is to sell your car to us.

Second, we will make the process as easy as possible. This is because we will take care of any and all required paperwork for the deal. Our dealership has a working relationship with the local DMV, and all of our employees are well versed in taking care of the paperwork for the transfer of ownership of your car. Also, you won’t have to worry about cashing that check we give you for your car. Can you say the same thing about that stranger who is looking to buy your used car?

Finally, if you decide to use your car as a trade-in for your next one from us, this can be used to reduce the sales tax on the one you are buying. Let’s say you are looking at buying a car for $25,000. If we give you $10,000 for your car as a trade-in on the new one, not only will you reduce the purchase price to $15,000, but you will also only have to pay taxes on $15,000, not the full $25,000. This is more money that will stay in your pocket.

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Before You Sell

Once you’ve decided to sell your car, there are certain things you can do to make sure you get the best price for your car. Most of what you need to do is easy; give your vehicle a thorough cleaning inside and out. People will tend to pay more for something that is clean and bright, even if the intrinsic value of the item is the same as the dirty one. In other words, you should consider washing your car, cleaning out all the personal items from the glove box, and making it look as clean as possible inside and out. If you don’t have the time to do this yourself, you can always take it to a quality local car wash to get your car detailed.

This is really no different than cleaning a house and giving it a fresh coat of paint before putting it up for sale on the market. This should only cost you a few bucks, but all of it will come back to you in a better cash offer for your car. When our team looks at a car that a customer brings in to sell, we notice all the aesthetic things and bringing us a clean car gives us the sense that you have been taking care of it during your ownership.

You should also do your homework. Knowledge is power, and the more knowledge you have, the better deal you will be able to get. Use the "Value Your Trade" function on our website to get an offer on your current vehicle. Just enter some information about the model, and you will receive a Kelley Blue Book Instant Cash Offer. This gives you an idea of how much your car is worth so you can work that into your budget, and you can bring that offer with you when you come to trade in.

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The Paperwork You Need

There are certain documents you are going to need in order to sell your car. First, you are going to need the original title of your car. This is the most important ownership document, and it should always be put in a safe place in your home. Second, you should have a copy of all of the service records for your car. This will show that you kept the car in top working order. Finally, if you bought the car with a loan, you will need a copy of the payoff letter from the bank. If there is still an outstanding loan balance on the car, then you will need to get a payoff which will have to be made at the time you sell your car in order to get the loan paid off and the lien released. We can help with all of that.

If you decide to sell your car yourself, you will need some additional documents as well. First, your prospective buyer may request a vehicle history report, such as those provided by CARFAX. Second, you will need to complete the title transfer documents, including the bill of sale, yourself. You can contact your local DMV to get assistance. Finally, you will need to get the registration for your vehicle canceled, which includes turning in your existing license plates and canceling your auto insurance. This will ensure that you aren’t held liable if the buyer gets into an accident after buying your car.

As you can see, there can be a great deal of paperwork involved in selling a car. If you’re like most folks, then you know that paperwork can create headaches. Fortunately, our team at Ryan Cadillac Minot will help you get all the papers you need together to make the deal as smooth and easy as possible. This includes working with your bank or finance company if you need to pay off an existing loan. As for all of the other things involving the title transfer, registration, insurance, and license plates, we can take care of that for you so that you don’t have to deal with the DMV. Our team will be more than happy to work with you, saving you time and effort that you can use for other things.

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