The Auto Shop

How To Get Your Car Ready for a Private Sale in Phoenix

Let’s say the time has finally come to part ways with your current vehicle. Whether it’s in the form of an upgrade to a new or slightly used car, or your current ride has finally bit the dust, you have plenty of options.

First off, one thing we want to make clear is that you’ll pretty much always be able to get something for your car, no matter what kind of shape it’s in.

Whether it’s parting out an older vehicle for its rare and hard-to-find OEM parts on eBay, selling it for scrap or even donating it for a tax write-off, there’s generally always value to be had from anything with four wheels and a frame.

And while it might be more convenient (and quicker) to simply trade in your used car at a dealership when you begin the purchasing process, you’ll almost always be able to get more for your car by selling privately.

Whether it’s on Craigslist, in traditional classifieds, or by sticking a “FOR SALE” sign on it and leaving it at the corner of a busy intersection, you should be prepared to go over a list of things in order to make the vehicle as appealing as possible, to ensure you get as much as possible for it in the sale.

And The Auto Shop is here to help! Not only are our mechanics some of the best in Phoenix, but our experience and know-how has kept us one of the most affordable and highest-rated auto repair and maintenance shops in Phoenix since 1979!

We recommend you:

- Wash and detail the interior and exterior of your vehicle
- Get any major auto repair issue taken care of, unless you intend on an as-is sale
- Get any final maintenance items taken care of (especially oil changes and fluid exchanges)

From here you should be prepared (although not expected) to split costs for a comprehensive vehicle pre-purchase inspection with the potential buyer, ideally at an independent mechanic.

The Auto Shop has been knocking this service out for as long as people have been buying used cars privately, so give us a call at (602) 256-6164 today to put one on the books! And if you’re getting ready to sell your car, we can help you get as much for it as possible by taking care of any of the above suggestions!

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