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Old 02-24-2012, 04:49 PM   #1
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Advice in selling a car

Instead of trading in my car when I bought my Jeep, I decided to try selling it myself. I have never done this, but it looks like I can get a significant amount more cash for it if I do. I have done some Google searches so I have a basic idea of what to do but I wondered if any of you had some advice.

Another thing - when I bought the Jeep, I transfered my plates and insurance, leaving the car with neither. How bad did I screw up by doing that? Obviously, without insurance, if it gets wrecked or stolen on a test drive I'm totally screwed, but what else may I encounter?

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Old 02-24-2012, 04:59 PM   #2
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You can't park on the street or even allow someone to test drive without tags.

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Old 02-24-2012, 05:04 PM   #3
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So, I definitely screwed up with that, eh? Well, at least it's parked in my garage. Crap. Do I need to re-register it? Why wouldn't my sales guy bring that up when I told him my itentions? Oh well, the blame is my own.
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:44 PM   #4
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Laws vary by state, but generally speaking, if you (or the person taking the car for a test drive) gets pulled over for no tags, you're most likely going to get a ticket. Now once you write a bill of sale, things will be different for the person buying the car.

I've sold about 10 cars in the past 8 years. Never once did I let the person taking it on a test drive go out on their own. I always rode along. I also never let them meet me at my house. Always someplace public. If you're selling a nicer car (good working condition, a model that will interest alot of people), chances are you're going to have multiple people calling to set up a time to come see it. Last vehicle I sold (6 months ago), I actually had three people show up at the same time. First one with cash in hand gets it. Never accept a check. Ask me why I say that.

Be sure that you set your price high enough that you are willing to negotiate. Gives them a little wiggle room and you'll still end up getting what you want for the vehicle. Makes them feel they got a good deal, too. Make sure you have your title with you. I forgot the title on one vehicle and had to mail it. Forgot to mail it to the people quickly and got a very angry phone call about a week later. Told 'em it was my bad and mailed it that day. Of course, as soon as they got the title, they called me back an appologized for being so rude. But that doesn't happen every time.

Just a few tips. Hope you get what you need for the car!
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:45 PM   #5
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I always leave the tag on the vehicle and keep it insured until it is sold.
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:57 PM   #6
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I would have never paid cash without the title in hand...
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:45 PM   #7
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Depending on the state, you can obtain a temporary registration for the vehicle until you sell it. Keep it insured until you sell it, even of its in the garage.

Don't expect a salesman to give you accurate advice on anything much less a vehicle not directly related to the deal because he's not making money on it.
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:49 PM   #8
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This may be a long shot, but I once sold my car to a guy, who wasn't a car salesman, but drove away with dealer tags whom he had borrowed from a buddy.... At least that's what he told me...
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:53 AM   #9
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In most states, to drive a vehicle on the streets, it has to be registered, licensed, and insured. Even if it is just for a test drive.

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