Selling My Car to a Dealership

September 30th, 2021 by
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Is selling my car to a dealership a good idea? Absolutely. Between the intense demand for used models and the sky-high resale values, there’s never been a better time to trade in your car and upgrade. So, where do you start? Victory Honda of Sandusky is here to walk you through the process.

How Do I Get Started?

You can either bring your car straight to the dealership from Toledo or take a little time to prepare. When you do some prep work ahead of time, you might benefit from a better trade in valuation. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Clean It Up: If you want to make the best impression possible, it’s a good idea to wash and clean your car. Completing small repairs, like burnt bulbs or broken wipers, can also improve your car’s appearance.
  • List the Benefits: Put your best foot forward by outlining the perks of your car. Maybe you have a spotless maintenance record or extra accessories installed. Highlighting these benefits will showcase your car’s value.
  • Find the Title: Do you know where you put your car’s title? If you bring your paperwork when you stop by the dealership, you’ll get through the trade-in process much faster.
  • Research Value: You can use free online tools from and Kelley Blue Book, or you can even use our own Value Your Trade tool to get an instant estimate of your car’s current value.
  • Pick Your Dealer: If your car is gently used, you can probably take it to any dealership to trade. But if your car is very old or in poor condition, you might try a dealership that specializes in used cars for the best results.

How Do I Make the Deal?

After you’ve prepared in Elyria, it’s time to head to the dealership to get your in-person appraisal. Here is a summary of what you can expect:

  • Make an Appointment: If you’re strapped for time, most dealerships accept walk-ins. However, scheduling an appointment is a good idea to ensure that everything goes smoothly.
  • Meet the Manager: A Used Car Manager or a salesperson will start your inspection process. They’ll gather information and run a vehicle history report.
  • Get an Inspection: Your car will get a thorough inspection from either the manager or the service center technicians. This will help determine the car’s condition.
  • Consider Your Offer: At this point, you’ll get a firm offer from the manager. It’s up to you to accept, reject, or negotiate your offer.

Benefits of Sell My Car to a Dealership

Though you can always sell on the private market, most Lorain drivers find that selling a car to a dealership is one of the easiest ways to upgrade. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • Saving Time: Selling a car yourself takes a lot of time, energy, and stress. If you don’t want to deal with the phone calls, the meetings, and the no-shows, let the dealership take care of it for you.
  • Buying New: When you trade your car in, you’ll get money that you can spend on the new model. Not only will you enjoy instant savings, but those savings will pay off in lower monthly payments year after year.
  • Lowered Taxes: You’ll only pay the sales tax on the difference between your old vehicle and the cost of your new car, which can be a huge benefit as well.

Find Your Next Car at Victory Honda of Sandusky

When you’re ready to sell your car, the team at Victory Honda of Sandusky would be happy to assist you in any way. Contact us with your questions or stop by our dealership in Sandusky. We have a large inventory of new and used cars waiting for your test drive!


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