How to Sell a Car at a Dealership

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Did you know that used cars like your’s are in high demand in Idaho Falls right now? That’s why we want to buy your car at BMW of Idaho Falls, and we make it as easy as possible for you to sell it to us or trade it in for a newer vehicle. How does selling your car to a dealership work? Just follow the guide below on how to sell a car at a dealership.


How to Sell a Car at a Dealership

If you’re wondering how to sell a car in Idaho, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you plan to sell your current car to buy a new vehicle, or you just want to pocket the cash to use for a rainy day, BMW of Idaho Falls can help. When you sell your car at BMW of Idaho Falls you can expect the same world-class experience we offer our customers during every interaction with our friendly sales team.

As your go-to trade-in car dealership in Idaho Falls, we know trading in your older model vehicle to upgrade to a newer version with up-to-date technology is a smart idea, especially if there is positive equity attached to your current car. The equity can be applied toward the purchase of your new car, keeping your out-of-pocket cost low. Whichever route you choose, keep reading to find out what you should know before selling a car in Idaho, plus what to expect when selling your car at BMW of Idaho Falls.

How Does Selling Your Car to a Dealership Work?

You may have asked the question, “Can I sell my car to a dealership?” And the short answer is you absolutely can! In fact, selling your car to a Idaho Falls dealership is an easy process:

  • Clean Up Your Car: Having your car washed, detailed, and replacing small parts like windshield wipers or floor mats is a great way to increase the value of your vehicle before you bring it to the dealership.
  • Write Down the Benefits Of Your Car: Having a detailed history of the maintenance record of your vehicle, a list of its additional features, and a list of its accessories like extra key fobs or bike mounts will increase the value of your vehicle and make it more appealing to dealerships.
  • Have Your Car’s Title on Hand: Having your vehicle’s title ready when you sell it will save time on the dealer’s end and get you your offer faster.
  • Research Your Car’s Value: Use tools from, Kelley Blue Book, or your local dealership to find the trade-in value of your car. You can use this number to negotiate your price or get an approximate value for what the dealer is willing to buy your car for.
  • Pick Your Dealership Wisely: If you have a newer, gently used vehicle then most Butte, MT dealerships will buy it regardless of their inventory or the car’s initial condition. However, if you have an older model car then you may find it’s easier to sell it at a used car dealership instead.

What to Expect

After preparing your car for sale, you can expect the rest of the process to go as follows:

  • Make an Appointment: While you can walk into a dealership and sell your car, it’s best to make an appointment so the dealer knows to expect you and can have the proper documents ready.
  • Used Car Manager: Most dealerships will direct you to a Used Car Manager or a salesperson to handle the sale. They’ll collect your information, then run a vehicle history report on your car.
  • Inspection: In some cases, the Used Car Manager will inspect your vehicle, or they’ll have it taken to their service center for an inspection of its quality and mechanical condition.
  • Consider the Offer: Based on what the dealership offers you, you can accept the offer or go to another dealership to see if you can get a better offer.

Sell Your Car to BMW of Idaho Falls!

We want your car. That means we’ll give you a good offer and make the whole process as stress-free as possible. So, bring your car in. And, if you’d like to see more tips and advice, check out our post on whether you can trade in a financed car and whether you should fix your car before trading it in. We’re just down the road from Butte, MT, and we’re here to help. So, pay us a visit today!


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