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Three Ways to Sell Your Car in Guelph

Three Ways to Sell Your Car in Guelph


More people than ever are working remotely ever since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020.  Even though many businesses have returned to normal, the WFH model is still going strong, and may not ever return to the way it was pre-2020.  This means that a large portion of the population that had previously been on the road commuting is no longer doing so and could be wasting their hard-earned pay on a car they aren’t using.

If you fall into that category, it may be time to start thinking about selling your car.  Not only could you give yourself some extra pocket money (or a little something to add to your nest egg) from the sale, but you’d be saving yourself in the long run by taking away any car payments, insurance, gas, maintenance… the list goes on.

How should you go about getting that car out of your driveway and the cash in your wallet?  There are a few ways you can get it done, with varying levels of effort and time involved.  We can walk you through each one and help you decide what’s best for you.

The Old-Fashioned Way

First there’s the classic “For Sale” sign in the window of the car parked at the end of your driveway.  It must work at least some of the time if people are still doing it, right?  Well, maybe, but odds are that car will be sitting with that sign on the dash for a very long time.  If you don’t live on a major road, you won’t have much traffic passing by, and you can’t exactly leave a car parked at the side of the road unattended for days on end.  Probably why this method of sales has fallen out of fashion.

The Social Way

For those of you who are more into the high-speed ways of the internet, you can always list your car for sale on social media.  Facebook marketplace is a popular site for people looking to offload their no-longer-useful-to-them items.  Plus, you don’t have to pay to put up a listing.  Same with Kijiji.

When you list online, you’ll be accessing all kinds of potential buyers that would never have passed by your vehicle with the “For Sale” sign in the window.  Some of these are serious car shoppers, but some are timewasters or even scammers.  Now your task becomes sifting through any messages you receive and weeding out the ones who legitimately want to buy your car.  Then, you’ll need to set up appointments for these prospective purchasers to see the car and take test drives.  Pretty time-consuming stuff, and if you’re not keen on telling random strangers where you live, maybe not an appealing task.

There is the school of thought that a private sale will net you more cash than selling to a dealership could, as your buyer (in theory) won’t be turning around and trying to sell the same car for a profit.  If you have a particularly customized or rare vehicle, this would most likely be the case.

The Easy Way

The used car market is still on fire after all the shortages and delays with new car production over the last couple of years, so selling to a dealership is actually a great opportunity.  Dealers are actively trying to fill their lots and their paying top dollar for used vehicles in almost any condition.

There are several perks to selling to a dealership, including their ability to purchase your vehicle even if you’re still in the process of paying it off.  It’s also the easiest and quickest way to go from car to cash.  You can start online and get an appraisal of your vehicle before speaking to someone at the dealership.  Since you’re working from home anyway, why not sell your car that way too?

You’ll be glad you chose the easy way when you deal with Car Nation Direct.  Our goal is to make sure you’re happy with your decision to sell your car.


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