How to Sell a Car at a Dealership

If you are in the market for a new vehicle in the North Tonawanda area, you may have considered trading in your current car. How does selling your car to a dealership work? The process is actually quite simple for Grand Island drivers at Basil Ford of Niagara Falls. Our team strives to make the trade-in process as convenient as possible. Wondering how to sell your car at a dealership like Basil Ford of Niagara Falls? This guide below can help. 

How Does Selling Your Car to a Dealership Work? 

Before you sell your vehicle to a dealership, there are a few easy steps you can take to get the best value for your trade-in and save time in the process. 

  • Give Your Vehicle a Little TLC: One surefire way to get the most for your trade-in is to have the car washed and detailed beforehand. It is also a good idea to replace small parts like windshield wipers or floor mats.
    • Provide the Benefits of Your Vehicle: It is always best to provide the dealership with a detailed vehicle maintenance history. It can also be beneficial to have a list of its additional features and accessories that provide added value. 
      • Bring the Car's Title with You: Save time at the dealership by bringing the vehicle's title. 
        • Research the Trade-In Value of Your Vehicle: When it's time to negotiate, it can be beneficial to have other estimates from leaders in the automotive industry. You can use online tools from, Kelley Blue Book, and more. 
        • Step-by-Step Guide to Selling Your Car at a Dealership

          Once your car is looking and performing its best, it's ready to sell! Here's how to get the ball rolling when it comes time to sell:

          • Set Up an Appointment at Basil Ford of Niagara Falls: Setting up an appointment to sell your car helps us be better prepared and expedite the process. 
            • Consult with the Used Car Manager: Most dealerships have a used car manager or a salesperson to handle the sale. The person in charge of this task will get the necessary information from you as well as run a vehicle history report on your car. 
              • Have Your Vehicle Inspected: We will then inspect your vehicle from top to bottom before coming up with a fair offer. 
                • Consider Your Offer: Consider the offer you were given. You have the option to accept the offer as is, try and negotiate for a better offer, or reject the offer. 
                • Reasons to Sell Your Car to a Dealership

                  Why should you choose to sell your vehicle to a dealership like Basil Ford of Niagara Falls rather than selling it to a private party in Grand Island or Lockport? 

                  • It's More Convenient: When you sell your vehicle on your own, you have to do all of the work. You will need to list it online or in a newspaper, field potential buyers, and set up times for test drives. Selling to a dealership eliminates all of this.
                  • Put the Value Toward Your Next Car: If you are purchasing another car at Basil Ford of Niagara Falls, you can put the value of your trade-in toward the cost of your new vehicle from us. 
                  • Spend Less in Taxes: You only pay the sales tax on the difference between the trade-in value and the cost of your new car when you trade in your vehicle. 
                  • Selling Your Car is Easy at Basil Ford of Niagara Falls 

                    Now that you know how to sell a car at a dealership, why not see how much your car is worth? It's easy to do so with our "value your trade" tool. You can also contact us if you have any questions about the process or our current inventory.