Why you should sell your car to a dealership

March 28, 2019 2:41 pm | macarthurautomotive.com.au

Your car, old reliable, has seen you through a lot of ups and downs – from the worst traffic jams of your life to the best road trips.

However, all things must come to an end. There comes a day you're ready to say goodbye and upgrade to a car more suitable to your changing lifestyle. If you're planning to buy your next car, or just looking to let go of an old one, you should consider selling to a trusted dealership.

Let's take a look at why.

Your options: Private sale and dealership

When people think about selling their car their minds probably go straight to Gumtree or Facebook marketplace. This is called a private sale, where you exchange your car directly with its next owner. It's often the done thing, but is it necessarily the best way to sell your car?

Depending on your priorities, you might be better off selling your vehicle to a dealership like Macarthur Automotive Direct. Dealerships are exactly what you expect – trusted retailers of cars, often both new and used. They have extensive experience buying and selling vehicles and are supported by professional integrity that could be lacking in a private buyer.

If you're ready to upgrade your car, consider trading in to a trusted dealership.
If you're ready to upgrade your car, consider trading in to a trusted dealership.

Why you should sell to a dealership

It's not hard to imagine why a dealership is a more reliable buyer for your used car. There are plenty of reasons to sell your car to a dealership.

1. You know who you're trading with

A private buyer can be anyone – especially when you advertise online. It's up to you to screen potential buyers for anyone whose intentions may be ill.

Without extensive care in selecting who you allow to come to your home and inspect your car, you're opening yourself to some major security risks such as:

  • Giving someone too much information about your home and making it possible for them to steal your car.
  • Allowing a test drive which the potential buyer never returns from.
  • Dealing with disgruntled or ill-tempered buyers who aren't satisfied with the condition of the car.

Not every buyer is out to get you – the vast majority will be very trustworthy and just looking to buy a car. But it's up to you to exercise the caution that prevents suspicious people from viewing your car, and not everyone has the time or knowledge to properly vet buyers.

2. You save time (and time is money)

You can usually sell your car to a dealership within a day.

Granted, no transaction is ever truly free of paperwork, but there's a lot more involved in a private sale than with a dealership. This is because a dealership will have a lot of the necessary documents prepared, or have their own servicing or inspection capacity which means you aren't required to handle that side of things.

For a private sale, you'll need to address your car's state of repair, list it online or advertise it on the roadside, wait for buyers to approach you, screen buyers, arrange test drives, deal with buyers falling through, rinse and repeat until you've completed the sale. There's a lot of messing around with a private sale that you might not have time for.

In selling to a dealership, you only have to drive in and talk with a customer service representative. They can guide you through the process and typically complete the sale within the same day.

3. You can trade up

Unless you're moving away, odds are you'll need to replace the car you're selling. This is one of the greatest benefits of selling to a dealership – they have heaps of cars.

You can complete your sale and drive away with a replacement car with ease. A team member can talk you through what you need out of your next car and find the best option available to you. Then, the value of your old car can be put towards the purchase of its replacement. This can be a great bargaining chip to help you drive away with the car of your dreams.

For more information on selling your car, stop by Macarthur Automotive Direct in Narellan today.