How to Sell Muscle Cars Fast and for the Most Money Possible

January 27, 2012

If you are going to sell your muscle car, it is important for you to know that, although it is faster and easier to sell a car to a dealer, people who sell muscle cars via private transactions almost always get more money for their car. The best way to sell a classic muscle car to a private buyer is to put yourself in the buyer's shoes, and try to anticipate what people are looking for when they buy a used muscle car. The following will give you information to help you sell your car as quickly as possible, and for the most money.

Preparing the Car

It is vital your muscle car looks as appealing as possible at the time you make the sale, so the first thing you should do is clean it out. Clear out everything from the floors, seats, trunk, dashes and glove box, then thoroughly wash and vacuum the interior. Use car carpet cleaning products to remove as many stains as possible, and wipe down the windows with any window cleaning solution. Next, thoroughly wash the exterior with soap and water, then wax it. Any problems with the car's appearance will substantially affect how much money you can ask for it. When the car is clean, take it to a mechanic to identify any problems and determine its value.

Research

Use Kelley Blue Book (kbb.com) to research the value of your model of muscle car. This will give you a basis by which to set a realistic price. Remember to add a little to the price you ask for, to leave room for you to bargain with the buyer.

Get the Word Out

To let people know that you have a muscle car for sale, you will need to advertise. The best way to do this is to use the Internet. You can post an ad on a classifieds website like craigslist, or make a website to display photos and descriptions of the vehicle. Some other good ways to advertise you have a car for sale are to post fliers around town on telephone posts, make a sign to put in the window of your car, or posting an ad in the newspaper.

Paperwork

To sell the car, you will need a car history report to show prospective buyers. You can get this from Carfax. You will also need the title, a bill of sale or vehicle transfer form, an emissions certification, registration and a release of liability form. You can get all of these forms at your local DMV. The exact laws regarding the forms you need to sell a car vary from state to state, so you should check at the DMV to make sure you have everything you need. 

Selling a muscle car is a fairly simple process that you can do with minimal effort in your spare time. If you are careful and thorough in preparing the vehicle, and letting as many people as possible know it is for sale, you can maximize the amount of money you get and streamline the process to make it take as quick and easy as possible.

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