When selling a car, many people think their options are limited to connecting with a buyer privately or completing the transaction online. But the easiest way to unload your vehicle is to sell it directly to the dealer. In fact, many dealers are open to purchasing your car in exchange for cash, even if you don’t want another vehicle in return!

Where Should I Sell My Car?

You can go through a few online channels or even check with multiple dealerships, but rather than wasting time and energy searching, Hawthorne Auto Square is known for giving the best prices on buying cars from people just like you! Located at 11646 Prairie Ave, Hawthorne CA, we are open Monday through Saturday 8am to 8pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm. You can also schedule an on-site visit to cash in your vehicle on our website.

How to Sell My Car to a Dealership

Before you present your car to a dealer, get it cleaned, fixed, and inspected. Gather important documents such as the vehicle’s registration and service records. Next, be sure to determine the estimated value of your vehicle; this helps a great deal during the negotiating phase. When you have all the necessary information, it’s time to visit the dealership. Here’s how the process may go:

  • Inform the salesperson you’re there to sell your car. Perhaps they’ll help you or direct you to the dealership’s used-car manager.
  • Your information will be recorded, and car inspected. The dealer will run the vehicle identification number through a database to check its history.
  • Reveal whether you’re selling the car for cash or as a trade-in. Most dealers will work with you either way, but the offer may be higher with a trade-in.
  • Before you get an offer, the dealership’s service department will check the tires, fluids, and mechanical systems, and even drive the car to determine its condition.

Accepting an Offer

Dealers often structure offers based on prices of similar vehicles sold at auction. Whether they have similar cars available may be another factor, as may be the condition of your vehicle, if it needs repairs, or you still owe money on it. You don’t necessarily need to have completely paid off the car, but the amount you’re offered must be enough to pay off the vehicle.

Dealers have access to various online tools. Most will show you current auction prices and reveal how many similar vehicles they have. To close the deal, be prepared for the paperwork. The more prepared you are, the sooner you could walk out (perhaps the same day), but the process may take 24-48 hours. However, it will take longer if you don’t have the title to the car or you owe more than the vehicle is worth.

Selling Your Car? Visit Our Used Car Dealership in Hawthorne

Hawthorne Auto Square can help whether you’re looking to purchase a used car via our buy here, pay here program, or for the best deal on a trade in. We buy and sell many popular makes and models. For information on our cars, financing, and services, contact us online or schedule an appointment today!