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How Can I Sell My Used Car for as Much Money as Possible?

Dear Lifehacker, I need to sell an old car that's seen better days. I don't have a lot of money for repairs, but I also desperately need to sell the car so I can buy a new used car. How should I go about selling my used car and get as much as possible for it?

Signed, Not a Car Salesman Dear NCS, If you've never sold a car before, the process can seem daunting. It involves things few people like to do, such as cleaning your car, marketing it, and discussing money with strangers. That said, the time and effort you put into prepa [...]
Having a car hobby doesn’t have to be expensive. These tips from my years of flipping can help sustain your car habit without killing your bank account I have mentioned before that I’ve owned a few cars over the years—30 to be exact, including the 27 I have pictured in my profile, two parts cars that I thoroughly enjoyed cutting up with a sawzall, and the latest experiment, a 2002 Infiniti I35 Sport that will get new motor mounts as soon as my broken ankle heals up enough to crawl around the garage. Or until I get impatient and [...]
When you arrive at a dealership with the purpose of trading in a car, it is important to be knowledgeable of some unexpected expenses that may arise. This guide highlights common expenses that can be incurred when trading a vehicle. By completing research on the value of your trade-in vehicle before visiting the dealership, you can help avoid some of these hidden costs. To get an idea of the value of your car before visiting the dealership, make use of a vehicle valuation tool like Kelley Blue Book, and take note that dealerships like to purchase trade-ins for as close to the fair trade-in value as possible. When you need a price quote on a new vehicle and are considering trading in your current car, make use of the resources available on CarsDirect to get competitive price quotes on new and used cars from local dealerships. Below are common hidden costs when trading a car: Financed Negative Equity: If a dealership states "we will pay off your trade no matter what you owe," the dealership is running a misleading advertisement that could cost you thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars. As there are few restrictions on car trade in rules and the disclosures necessary on th [...]
It’s 2015 and you’re still thinking about trading in your car? We’ll I’ve got news for you – trading in a car in this day and age is ridiculous, and it’s costing you thousands. It’s time to re-evaluate the way that you think when it comes to selling your car, because the future is here, and if you’re not onboard you’re losing money.   So how can you make more money for your car when you’re ready to sell? That’s simple.   -Consign it.-   Don’t trade it in, don’t sell it yourself -- have a specialist consign it.   Here’s 8 reasons why you should consign your car rather than trading it in. You’ll make more money We’re not just talking about a few bucks – we’re talking an average of $2000 or more. You don’t have to deal with paperwork Consignment lots deal with all of the pain in the *** paperwork that comes with selling a car, so you can sit back and watch Netflix. You don’t have to find a buyer Consignment dealers already have customers coming to their lots every day, so finding a buyer is a piece of cake. You don’t have to wash, detail, or service it Consignment lots take care of all of that for you. They have mechanics and detail crews to make [...]
If you’ve driven to Portales and back recently chances are you’ve seen the billboard that says “Don’t Speed, Lives Depend on It” – and if you’re like me you just roll your eyes and slam on the accelerator in an act of blatant rebellion. I thought we were done with the unfounded, idiotic saying “speed kills,” but I guess not. There have been numerous studies conducted proving that there is no correlation between speeding, and automobile related accidents - in fact some studies even suggest that higher speed limits lead to less vehicle crashes, but the “speed kills” slogan continues to be propagated as if it were a fact. I found this awesome video that addresses the issue from a Canadian perspective, but the information provided is very relevant to the United States as well. The video is 15 minutes long, but it’s worth watching. What do you think? Does speed kill? Should our local speed limits be raised? Leave a comment below with your opinion.

With a very few notable exceptions, cars tend to be bilaterally symmetrical. It’s been that way almost since the very beginning. Cars that even attempt to play with this accepted notion tend to get smacked down hard — look at the Nissan Cube. But cars don’t have to be so symmetrical — why are they?

Now, a lot of you may be thinking “Jason, you idiot. Symmetrical cars just lookbetter.” Now, I’m not saying you’re wrong, on either point, but I think it’s worth asking why we think they look better. We build lots of other things that we don’t expect bilateral symmetry out of, and many of those we consider beautiful: buildings, clothing, many other consumer goods — so, again, why cars?

There’s actually not much research out there addressing the why of this question, but I have a personal pet theory I’d like to throw out

Recent studies have shown an increasing trend in vehicle consignment, but for many people consignment doesn’t even cross their minds when it comes time to sell their used car. There are a number of reasons that consignment is a more lucrative, safer option for selling your car, and I’ll go through them briefly below.

These are the 4 best reasons to sell your car through a consignment dealer:

  1. More Money!

The biggest advant

Have you ever tried selling a car yourself? Spoiler alert: it sucks.

Meticulously typing up Craigslist ads, entering your phone number in a mixed text and number format – hoping that the scammers might leave you alone, but still getting texts from the prince of Egypt at 3 AM claiming to pay 2 grand more than your asking price.

Sigh…Just thinking about it makes me want to punch a hole in the drywall with my forehead.

I’ve gone through this painstaking process a couple of times, because I am too damn stubborn to just take a loss and trade in my car for whatever spare change a car dealer happens to have in his pocket when I stop by.

But I just found out about something recently that I wish I had known a LONG time ago. There is actually a pretty viable alternative commonly referred to as vehicle consignment.

Consignment is kind of like

So it looks like self-driving cars (or as experts like to call them “smart phones on wheels”) may be closer to being a reality than previously expected. Apparently Google has already unleashed its first fleet of fully automated vehicles on the streets of Austin, Texas and Mountain View, California. The cars have reportedly driven 1.16 million miles without the assistance of a human driver.

Google car
There have been 16 incidents where Google’s self-driving cars have gotten into fender-benders with other drivers, but Google confidently claims that all 16 instances were due to the carelessness of human drivers, not their automated car technology. Statistically speaking Google’s automated cars are actually far less likely to get into an accident than human drivers.

Although Google has been testing the idea of self-driving cars since 2009, they have seemingly been devoting much more attention to the idea recently – appointing a

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