How Does Selling Your Car to a Dealership Work?

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When you’re ready to seal the deal on your next car around Denver, you can easily benefit from more savings on your purchase if you sell a car to a dealer. That’s why at Planet Honda, you can do just that when you sell us or trade-in your car with our easy and fairly straightforward process. Learn more about how to sell a car at a dealership and explore our wide new inventory at Planet Honda today! 

What to Do Before You Sell Your Car to a Dealer

Before you bring your car into a dealership to sell it or trade it in, you’ll want to ensure it’s in optimal condition so you can top dollar for your ride. Here are some things you’ll want to do before you sell your car to us:

  • Clean Up Your Car: Having your car washed and detailed in addition to replacing small parts like windshield wipers or floor mats is a great way to increase the value of your vehicle before you bring it to the dealership. 
  • Write Down the Benefits Of Your Car: Having a detailed history of the maintenance record of your vehicle, a list of its additional features, and a list of its accessories like extra key fobs or bike mounts will increase the value of your vehicle and make it more appealing to dealerships. 
  • Have Your Car’s Title on Hand: Having your vehicle’s title ready when you sell it will save time on the dealer’s end and get you your offer faster. 
  • Research Your Car’s Value: Use tools from, Kelley Blue Book, or your local dealership to find the trade-in value of your car. You can use this number to negotiate your price or get an approximate value for what the dealer is willing to buy your car for.
  • Pick Your Dealership Wisely: If you have a newer, gently used vehicle, then most Arvada dealerships will buy it regardless of their inventory or the car’s initial condition. However, if you have an older model car, you may find it’s easier to sell it at a used car dealership instead.

How to Sell a Car at a Dealership

So how does selling a car to a dealership work? Our dealership knows you’re looking to get back on Lakewood roads as soon as possible, and that’s why we’ve streamlined the car selling process which you can see below:

  • Make an Appointment: While you can walk into a dealership and sell your car, it’s best to make an appointment so the dealer knows to expect you and can have the proper documents ready. 
  • Used Car Manager: Most dealerships will direct you to a Used Car Manager or a salesperson to handle the sale. They’ll collect your information, then run a vehicle history report on your car. 
  • Inspection: In some cases, the Used Car Manager will inspect your vehicle, or they’ll have it taken to their service center for an inspection of its quality and mechanical condition. 
  • Consider the Offer: Based on what the dealership offers you, you can accept the offer or go to another dealership to see if you can get a better offer. 

Perks When You Sell a Car to Our Dealer

Along with the convenience and simplicity of selling your current used car to our dealership, there are many other great perks you can enjoy that you won’t find with other options or locations. These include:

  • Save Time & Avoid Hassles: Avoid the hassles of selling your car privately and save time. You won’t have to worry about listing your car online, fielding potential buyers, and inviting strangers to your Lakewood home for test drives. 
  • Lower Your New Car Price: Using your vehicle as a trade-in allows you to apply your current vehicle’s value toward your new car. This allows you to offset the price of your new vehicle or significantly lower your monthly payments. 
  • Save on Your Taxes: When you trade-in your current vehicle and purchase another vehicle from Planet Honda, you only pay the sales tax on the difference between the trade-in value and the cost of your new car. 

Sell Your Car to Planet Honda Today

Now that you know all the steps on how to sell a car to a dealership, find your next ride for the Arvada roads among our inventory so you can keep moving without missing a beat. You can find more helpful car finance tips and tricks at Planet Honda and explore more ways to save on your next vehicle when you shop our rotating new car specials or national offers and incentives. Get started right at home with our online financing application or monthly auto payment calculator. Contact us today for more details and be sure to schedule a test drive at our Golden Honda dealership!


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