How to Sell a Car at a Dealership

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If you’re planning on upgrading your Everett commute with a new Mercedes-Benz, then you’ve likely considered making a trade-in. Lynnwood drivers looking to trade in their current vehicle will find that many local dealerships will offer to purchase the vehicle through a buyback program. This allows you to save money on your next vehicle purchase, or you can take the offer without buying another car. Whichever you choose, Mercedes-Benz of Lynnwood has created this guide on how to sell a car at a dealership and what you can expect if you decide with us, below.



How Does Selling Your Car to a Dealership Work? 

Selling your car to a Edmonds-area dealership is much easier than trying to make a private sale. Here’s how you can prepare your vehicle to sell it at a dealership:

  • Spruce Up Your Vehicle: Washing your car, getting the interior detailed, and replacing small parts like the windshield wipers or floor mats is a great way to increase its value and obtain a good offer from the dealership. 
  • Detail Your Car’s Benefits: Having a detailed history of your vehicle’s maintenance, a list of its additional features, and a list of its accessories like extra key fobs or bike mounts will increase its overall value and make it a more appealing buy to dealerships. 
  • Have Your Car’s Title Ready: Being prepared with the vehicle’s titles will save time on the dealership’s end and get you an offer faster. 
  • Find Out How Much Your Car is Worth: Use tools from, Kelley Blue Book, or your local dealership to find the trade-in value of your car. You can use this figure to negotiate your price or get an approximate value for what the dealership is willing to buy your car for. 
  • Shop Around for the Right Dealership: Most Bothell dealership will be a newer, gently used vehicle no matter their inventory or the car’s initial condition. However, if you have an older model car, then it may be easier to sell it at a used car dealership instead. 

What to Expect When Selling Your Car at a Dealership 

Once you’ve prepared your car for sale, the process will typically go as follows: 

  • Make an Appointment: It’s always best to make an appointment so the dealer knows to expect you and can have the proper documents prepared. 
  • 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: Either 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. 
  • Accept the Offer or Negotiate: Based on the offer you receive, you can accept the offer or go to another dealership to see if you can get a better offer. 

What Are the Benefits of Selling Your Car?

Selling your vehicle to a dealership offers multiple benefits: 

  • Less Time Consuming & Hassle-Free: Selling your car to a dealership saves time and will help you avoid the hassles of selling your vehicle privately. You won’t have to worry about listing your car online, fielding potential buyers, and inviting strangers to your Edmonds home for test drives. 
  • Lowers the Price of Your New Car: Trading in your current vehicle allows you to apply its value towards the price of the new car. This gives you the opportunity to offset the price of your new vehicle and have lower monthly payments. 
  • Save on Your Taxes: Trading in your car to purchase another vehicle from Mercedes-Benz of Lynnwood means that you’ll only pay sales tax on the difference between the trade-in value and the cost of your new car. 

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Now that you know how to sell your car to a dealership, if you’d like to take this route, contact Mercedes-Benz of Lynnwood to help you get the process started. Looking to get your vehicle ready to trade in? Schedule a service appointment at our service center to get your car trade-in ready! Be sure to check out more of our car buying tips where you can learn how and when to buy a new car.


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