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October 7, 2023

5 Pitfalls of Selling a Used Vehicle You Need to Know

Are you thinking of upgrading your old car to a newer model? Have you considered the best way to get rid of your current ride? 

If you want to sell your old car to add money for buying a new vehicle, you should be aware of the pitfalls related to selling a used car. It may be more hassle than it’s worth, to be honest. 

Here are some issues you must prepare for:

  1. Valuation

One of the problems with selling an old auto is finding a realistic value for the car. As a car owner, you may be inclined to follow the lead of people selling the same car model that you have or a similar one. You may also be influenced by sentiment when you price your vehicle. Each car has a different condition and finding the perfect balance between what you project and what the market dictates could be quite tricky. 

  1. Condition

Your car’s condition depends on how well you maintained it. Some car owners make the mistake of investing too much into repairs at the last minute to sell the car at a better price. However, the value it adds to the car is often less than the amount needed to cover the cost of repairs. 

  1. Overselling

You might try to oversell your car by overestimating its performance or keeping the prospective buyer from knowing something that might diminish its value. You might also be tempted to bluff that there are other offers on your car when there are none. Be upfront about your car’s condition because once the buyer finds out about your omission, you might end up in an expensive lawsuit. 

  1. Settling

In your haste to get rid of your vehicle, you might be tempted to take a bad trade-in deal. Although dealerships can trade in your car at a lesser value, they can do it quickly compared to a private trade where you have to do the legwork and along with it, deal with the hassles related to the transfer of car ownership. Think about what will work best for you.

  1. Scheduling

Expect your potential buyers to want to check out your car physically or ask for a test drive to see its actual condition. Not all buyers will decide straight away to purchase your auto. You will likely need to schedule multiple meet-ups with different clients before one of them finally decides to buy your car.


Want to Dispose of Your Old Without the Hassles of Selling?

Do you want to get rid of your old car with no hassle whatsoever? Here’s how you can do that: Donate it to us at Veteran Car Donations! We’ll quickly pick it up and tow it away at no cost to you wherever your vehicle is located in the country.

More importantly, your donation will make you a champion of the struggling underprivileged veterans in your local community. This is so because we will use your gift to improve their living conditions.

Our team put your car up for auction, with the proceeds going to our veteran-focused nonprofit partners. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations cater to our former service members who are living miserable lives — those who are suffering from homelessness, chronic unemployment, service-connected disabilities, and serious illnesses, including mental health disorders.

Our charity partners use the funding we give them to provide deserving veterans with housing and financial assistance, employment and livelihood opportunities, family support, free quality health care and medical treatment, psychotherapy services, and other services meant to uplift their lives.

Your charitable contribution will also benefit you in more ways than one. Aside from getting our free vehicle towing service, your donation will entitle you to claim the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season.

On top of the material rewards you’ll get, your vehicle donation will also give you that exquisite feeling of satisfaction, knowing that you’ll be helping transform the lives of our nation’s suffering heroes.

We accept almost all vehicle types regardless of their ages or conditions. 

For more information about Veteran Car Donations, including our quick and stress-free donation process, head over to our FAQs page. You can also give us a call anytime through our toll-free hotline at 877-594-5822 or write to us here if you have certain inquiries or concerns in mind.


Reach Out to Our Suffering Heroes Today!

It’s about time we give back to the men and women who risked their lives to protect us and safeguard our freedoms. Shine them a beacon of hope with your car donation. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now! 

Veteran Car Donations operates in all 50 states.

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