29 Mistakes People Make When Selling a Car

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Get the Most Money by Avoiding These Costly Car-Selling Errors

A great way to save money when buying a car is getting top dollar from the sale of your old one. Getting the maximum amount of cash when you sell – either to a dealer or a private party – requires preparation, knowledge, and a strong backbone. 

You can make car-selling mistakes in several ways. You can invest too much money in the selling process, you can lose money by not knowing how to price your car and negotiate, and you can put yourself and your personal information at risk by not taking the right precautions. 

On the following pages, we'll look at some of the mistakes sellers can make and how to avoid them. The first few cover all sales; the second set is focused on trade-ins or sales to dealers. Finally, the third group looks at errors that can be made in private-party car sales.

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