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Sell Your Car

Although our vehicles truly become part of our families, there comes a time where you will need to part ways with your beloved car, SUV, or truck. Maybe you recently had a career change and now need a more fuel-efficient vehicle for that long commute. Maybe you just adopted a Lab puppy and know that once she grows to full size, you are going to need that additional cargo space behind the rear seats of an SUV for your new furry friend to tag along during family outings. Life changes, and with it, so do our automobiles. If the time for you to sell your car has come, we want you to know we're here for you.

Have you recently found the need for more seating, or have your kids grown and you need less seating? Do you want a smaller monthly payment? If you owe on your car and your monthly payments are becoming unmanageable, or you just want to put your money to better use, selling your car and buying a less expensive one could be the right choice. Is your warranty about to expire? If your car is getting up there in miles, it might be worth trading it in for a newer car and starting over on your vehicle’s warranty. Do you want to get better gas mileage? If you want to take advantage of potential fuel savings, it might be time to sell your car and replace it with a more efficient vehicle, like a hybrid or a fully electric vehicle. If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s time to seriously think about selling your vehicle.

We know what it is like to part with something that has played an important role in your life's journey. When it is time, depending on your reasoning for parting ways, you may end up trading in your vehicle for an upgrade. Or, you may decide to sell on your own in a private sale, thinking you can get the most from the sale that way. However, there is another option for you. Why not sell to a dealership?

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Why Sell Your Car to a Dealership?

So the time has come to retire your car. Only this time, you don't need a new vehicle to fill the spot in the driveway. Maybe your life has come to a time where you no longer need that extra vehicle and would much rather have someone else put it to good use versus it collecting pollen and dirt sitting sadly in your yard. Surely you have heard of private sales. You make the most money cutting out the middleman, right? Maybe that is true to an extent, but isn't your time worth something also?

When you decide it’s time to sell your car, you next need to decide how you are going to sell it or whom you are going to sell it to. Many people choose to sell their cars locally through platforms like Facebook or Craigslist. While plenty of people find success in using local or online classified ads, it is often simpler and easier to sell your car to a dealership.

So why should you sell your car to a dealership like our own? What are the benefits that a dealer can offer over another option? First and foremost, there is simplicity. When you sell your car to a dealership, you know that you will not only have an offer but the cash in hand within just a few hours. Selling your car locally or online yourself can take weeks or even months if it ever sells at all! You’ll have to deal with price haggling or people failing to show up for their appointments, plus there is the potential that buyers will back out altogether.

At Car Factory Direct, we also know that your vehicle has monetary and sentimental value. We understand that you want to get as much as you can for your car and justifiably so. We want the same thing for you because we do understand. We know the fair market value and how to determine what your vehicle is worth by factoring in: mileage, mechanical condition, car features, and condition of the interior and exterior. What we also know is that your time is worth something, and that means something to us.

Sure, you can plug in your vehicle information, mileage, and condition into Kelley Blue Book so you can put a For Sale sign on it and park it along the street in your yard. Maybe you will also decide to utilize social media like Facebook and marketing websites like eBay, but why not let someone else do that for you? Wouldn't you prefer spending the time doing something more enjoyable than listing and advertising your car, meeting and weeding out tons of potential buyers, all before figuring out and drawing up the paperwork needed for that one buyer willing to meet your price? It can be a time-consuming, daunting and overwhelming task to try and sell a vehicle today. That is why we want you to let us take on the burden of selling your car for you.

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Selling Your Car to a Dealer vs Selling Your Car Yourself

When it comes to deciding between selling your car yourself or selling to a dealer, there are a lot of points to consider. While selling yourself may be appealing due to the fact that you may be able to get more for your car than it might be worth, there is a lot more work and time involved in making that happen. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of selling your car to a dealer to see if that's the right choice for you.

Pros of Selling Your Car to a Dealer

  • You are sure to get market value for your car - no haggling involved!
  • You’ll be in and out the door relatively quickly.
  • You have the option of putting that money towards another car for even better savings.
  • All the paperwork is handled for you.
  • You can feel safe and rest easy knowing you are selling your vehicle to somebody you can trust.

Cons of Selling Your Car to a Dealer

  • You might feel worried about feeling pressure from the dealer to buy a new car.
  • You won’t be able to sell your car for more than market value like you might have had you held out for an in-person buyer.
  • If you do decide to trade in your vehicle for another, you are limited to the options the dealer has on hand.

Let's put your mind at ease with these concerns. At Car Factory Direct, you will not be pressured into purchasing a newer vehicle. We'll pay you what your car is worth, and you won't have to worry about haggling with a potential buyer. If buying a new car is your end goal, at Car Factory Direct, we have an excellent selection of models available for you to find the model you want. If we don't have it, we'll still help you find one.

Do You Need to Purchase Another Vehicle to Sell Your Car?

Some people shy away from selling their cars to a dealership because they don’t want to be locked into buying another car from that same dealership. This is a fair concern; however, when you work with Car Factory Direct, you don't have to worry. You don’t need to purchase another car in order to sell your car. While it’s common knowledge that selling your car to a dealership will get you a trade-in value that you can then use towards the price of a new car, you can also choose instead to walk away with cash.

While you are at our dealership selling your car, if you are in the market for another vehicle, then, by all means, take a look around and let us help you find a model that works for you. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, we'll work hard to find something that does. We want to make sure that you end up leaving the lot happy in the car of your dreams or, if you're selling your vehicle to us, with cash in hand.

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What Do You Need to Do Before You Sell Your Car?

If you have been teetering on the idea of selling your car but have finally decided it is time to let go, there are a few tasks at hand before the actual transaction. No matter whether you are planning on doing the legwork and selling privately or giving yourself a moment to breathe by allowing a dealership to buy it and then sell it for you, we always encourage people to take some time to study the market. Following your research, a vehicle inspection, a good cleaning, and a cleanout should be on the agenda before the sale as well.

Plugging your car's information into an information service like will give you an idea of your vehicle's worth and what you can potentially get for it. That seems easy, right? Well, not so much if you are planning on selling it privately. There will be others selling the same model as you, probably on the same platforms, which will pose a problem for you: competition. This is where selling your car on your own can become a daunting task. People will haggle you on the price because there will be other options out there with a lower price.

You will need to study the market. Research the sites you plan on advertising on and see what other models, similar in condition, are priced at. Then research what price others have actually sold models like yours for because most of the time, the listed price is not what the seller receives. The internet is a great tool you will want to utilize.

Once you have a selling price, both what you want and how little you will accept, you should inspect the car. Whether you are mechanically inclined and choose to check it out yourself or have a professional mechanic look over your car, you want to make sure everything is in working order. Any issues found upon inspection that are reasonable for you to take care of to get you the price you desire for your car, you should fix. Some buyers, including dealerships, will have an inspection done whether you do one or not, but it is always good to have your list of what was noted upon review to justify your asking price with the potential buyer.

After your research and inspection, it will be time to clean your car and take out anything and everything personal inside the vehicle, including any personal information in the GPS or other settings. The last thing you need is to sell your car to some stranger who might then use your personal information for who knows what. So make sure that along with cleaning out the memories like your dog's fur from the interior, or your kid's favorite toy buried under the seat, you remember to remove any paperwork from the center console and wipe out your settings from the vehicle's software and any vehicle apps. Of course, if you sell to a dealership, they can do all of that for you. Once finished, it is time to assemble the paperwork.

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What Paperwork Do You Need?

Oh, the paperwork. Did we forget to mention researching the paperwork you will need to sell your car? Unfortunately, a car sale requires paperwork. You may have known that especially since you probably bought the car you are selling. But do you know what paperwork you need in order to sell your car?

Every state has different requirements for selling a vehicle. Connecticut, however, has two primary pieces of paperwork for the sale of a car: the Bill of Sale and the Certificate of Title. The Bill of Sale contains basic information like the name and address of the seller and the purchaser, the vehicle description, sale price, the date of sale, and your signature as the seller. Certificate of Title is a document proving legal ownership of a vehicle. You will need to complete and sign the reverse side of your Certificate of Title and give it and the Bill of Sale to the new owner. It is beneficial for you to keep copies of both as well, just in case.

You might be thinking that doesn't seem so bad, but what if you financed the car and the bank still had the title? These are the details that make the paperwork process a little more complicated for you. In Connecticut, if the vehicle is over 20 years old, you do not need a title. However, you need a Supplemental Assignment of Ownership form instead if the title is unavailable. If your loan has been satisfied, you have the option to issue a lien release or request a stamped paid Certificate of Title from the lienholder; you are not required to get a new title with the previous lienholder removed. If your loan has not yet been paid off, then you must find a way to pay it off before you can sell your car - unless you sell your car to a dealership. There are plenty of bumps in the road you may come across along your paperwork venture, and most sellers find that selling to a dealership is much easier than selling privately.

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