Trading in My Car Vs. Selling it Privately

Whenever it’s time to get rid of your car, this question is ALWAYS on the top of your mind.

In fact, it’s one of the most common dilemmas that every new car buyer faces.

The answer is determined by a number of different variables, like the condition of your vehicle, the availability of time and the financial aspect of it all.

But in this article, I’ll tell you exactly when you SHOULD trade it in… and when you SHOULD sell it privately.

Buckle in your seat belt, because what I’m about to share with you is a secret that MOST dealerships don’t want you to know about…

trading in my car vs selling it privately

Put yourself in the shoes of a buyer. If you were to buy a car privately, what are some of the things you would look for?

I’m guessing you would want a popular model, equipped with brand new comfort and entertainment features, in excellent condition with low miles on the clock… plus all the maintenance receipts. Wouldn’t you?

Of course you would. That’s what everyone else is looking for too!

This kind of car is going to sell fast. But if your current car does NOT have all of the above, you’re most likely going to have a hard time getting rid of it.

If that’s the case, then you might want to consider trading it in. Another option is the scrap yard.

The thing about car dealerships is that they will accept any car in any condition. We don’t care about dents, dings, rust, rips, stains… or ANY other vehicle wear-and-tear.

You can trade it in even if the car doesn’t run, as long as you get it towed-in. Now while this sounds appealing, you definitely will not get top dollar for a car that’s in very rough shape.

… but you will rid yourself of an eye-sore and all of its headaches.

It’s also very easy to trade in a car at a dealership (especially Direct Auto Mall). In fact, it takes under 10 minutes… and… you can do it on your own time, whenever you want.

You won’t have to pay a dime… or waste your day off at a dealership. After a few signatures, we will take care of all that boring paperwork.

… but don’t opt in for a trade in just yet, because the truth is… you will probably get more money when you sell it yourself—privately.

It’s a real pain though… because most private buyers will examine the car from top to bottom, inside and out. They will want to know the service history, how many accidents it’s been in, the tear on the seat… and wear on the tires.

If your car won’t be able to make it past somebody’s inspection, then it may be in your best interest to trade your car in.

Selling a car on your own can take weeks… and even MONTHS. You will have to invest in advertising, cleaning the car and filling the tank up with gas for test drives.

And once you’ve got someone interested in the purchase, you will have to visit the DMV to handle all the paperwork and complete the state inspection.

Talk about a total nightmare. Plus… if they take it to get a post-purchase inspection and the cost of repairs is 10% more than they paid for the vehicle… you will have to give them a refund.

They call it the “Massachusetts Lemon Law.” So if your car is a lemon… and you do manage to convince somebody to buy it (which wouldn’t be ethical), you may still have to refund them.

So is it worth it to sell it privately? Maybe not. It all depends on how valuable your vehicle is.

… but if you would rather get rid of your vehicle and rid yourself of all the headaches that come with it, then trading it in is the way to go.

And if you DO want to trade it in… and if you DO want top dollar for your vehicle… then there’s only one dealership I can recommend.

And that is…

Direct Auto Mall in Framingham, Massachusetts

If you’re looking for a non-pushy and transparent dealership that will explain to you in plain English how the entire trade-in process works, then we will be glad to have you come in.

Just fill out a FREE, no obligation trade-in evaluation below and we will contact you with a great (and dare I say irresistible) offer in under 24 hours.


trading in my car vs selling it privately