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I will be purchasing a new car within the next 6 months or so, and am trying to decide if I should sell my current car on my own or trade it in. What is involved in selling it on my own?

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Barbra Einsohn , Customer Relations Manager  at David McDavid Honda of Irving Dear Lauren, Thank you for your inquiry. Let me say that you will ALWAYS get more money for your vehicle if you try and sell it on your own rather than trading it in. First, you need to put an ad in your local paper with some basic information such as the year, make, model, mileage and general condition of the vehicle. If you are the original owner it would probably be good to say that too. Put your first name only in the ad and if you have a cell number use that rather than a work or home phone. Make sure you have a friend with you, preferably a male, when showing your vehicle because your customer will want to test drive the car. Make sure your friend goes with you on the test drive. If you are uncomfortable with that, and the customer still wants to test drive the vehicle, get the keys to his vehicle first before you allow him to drive off with your car. Make him show you the title to the car he is currently driving so you know the vehicle belongs to him. It would be advised to meet your customer in a shopping center parking lot rather than your home, and if you have an apartment he can just meet you outside. Next, get a

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Lauren, Selling your car privately will get you the most money in your pocket, but sometimes it takes several weeks to sell a car. The value of your car is based on its age, mileage and condition. To find out what you may possibly get for it, go online to,, or and put in the year, make, model, and mileage, then add your zip code. The value is based on the vehicle

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