Sell My Car

When selling your vehicle, you want the maximum value for as little hassle as possible. That means that you need to take your car, truck, or SUV to a dealership that will give you a fair appraisal and the most amount of money, either in cash or towards the purchase of another vehicle. While you can try to sell your car on your own, that is certainly not the easy way to go about it. If you want to minimize the amount of stress that comes with selling a vehicle, the one dealership you need to visit to help you sell your vehicle with ease and give you the best return for its value is Illini Nissan. Once you consider the opportunity and say that you want to "sell my car," be sure to contact us, and we can help you sell your car and get you the trade-in value that you deserve.

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Need to Sell Your Car? Sell It to Us

There are many places out there that want to do business with those willing to sell their vehicles, but not every one of those places is willing to do business with you fairly. At Illini Nissan, we believe not only in treating our shoppers fairly, with great inventory options and excellent prices, but we also believe in being fair to those willing to sell their car to our dealership. Instead of going through the hassle of trying to sell on a third-party auction site or dealing with the unknown and risky factors of using a personal ad, it's so much easier, safer, and affordable to simply sell your car to us.

We offer competitive offers on the vehicles that are sold to our dealership, and there are no worries about any of the extraneous problems you might encounter trying to sell elsewhere. You can even approach the selling process in a multitude of ways, including calling us directly and finding out what your vehicle is worth. Alternatively, you can use our website and easily estimate the trade-in value of your vehicle.

To use our online form, simply input the year, make, and model of your vehicle, what sort of condition it's in, and the mileage. Once you have all that information in, you can even upload a photograph of the exterior and the interior of the vehicle and leave us a brief comment about the vehicle's history, as well as any other important information related to repairs, service intervals, potential damage, overhauls, or recalls. Once you put in all the necessary information, we can provide you with a trade value on what your vehicle is worth at our dealership.

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Why You Should Sell Your Car to a Dealership

Some people might scoff at the idea of selling their vehicle to a dealership, not thinking it worth their time or efforts. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. Attempting to sell the vehicle on your own could prove to be much more of a hardship than simply bringing your vehicle to Illini Nissan. Attempting to sell the vehicle on your own means visiting the DMV and attempting to get a duplicate copy of the title if you lost the original or visiting the DMV with a potential buyer in order to transfer the title registration. You also have to go through the process of releasing any liens against the vehicle, if there are any.

When it comes to selling your car, truck, or SUV to our dealership, the process is made as pain-free and simple as possible. Also, you don't have to worry about the dangers or safety issues that come with personal ads, nor do you have to worry about auction listings or the vehicle being buried in public listings due to the number of other people trying to sell their car. At Illini Nissan, we take the problems out of the process and make it as easy as possible, including giving you the option to simply trade in your old vehicle toward a new or pre-owned vehicle right off our lot.

What Do You Need to Do Before You Sell Your Vehicle?

Many people fear the idea of having to do prep work to sell their car. However, what if you didn't have to jump through any hoops to get your vehicle into proper condition to sell to a dealership? Well, there are some really simple steps you need to follow before selling your vehicle:

  • Inspect the vehicle
  • Clean the vehicle
  • Remove/replace any minor components

You don't need to invest an arm and a leg into your vehicle if you're planning on selling it. It doesn't make sense to put hundreds of dollars into the vehicle if you're planning on selling it for something else. You can inspect the vehicle yourself to give you a better idea of the condition that it is in if you are mechanically inclined or have a certified mechanic give it a thorough look over. Cleaning the vehicle is a must and can even increase the value of the trade-in. Installing an air freshener is another cost-effective way to improve the overall appeal. If you have damaged floor mats or maybe a cracked or broken component in the interior, you can either remove it or replace it if it's not a financially burdensome task.

What Paperwork Do You Need to Sell Your Vehicle?

When selling to a dealership, you merely have to have the title or contact whoever owns the lien on the vehicle and get a payoff amount if you are still paying a car note. If you do still have a lien on the vehicle, then we can pay it off as part when you sell your car to us. Alternatively, if there are no loan payments to make on the vehicle and you own it outright, simply bring in the title, and you're all set. It's just that simple.

At Illini Nissan, we make the process as easy as humanly possible. This is another reason why you should consider selling your vehicle to our dealership; the ease of access, the limited paperwork involved, and the peace of mind you receive for trading in your vehicle towards something new. It's a headache-free way to sell your vehicle without worrying about taking out personal ads, trying to go through third parties, or attempting a private sale. We remove all of the hassles while also providing you with every benefit you can imagine.

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What to Do Before You Sell Your Car

You've decided now is a good time to sell your vehicle. Maybe you just want an upgrade, or you have a second car that just doesn't get enough use to justify keeping it. Either way, there are a few things you can do to ensure your vehicle sells for the best price possible.

Begin by taking a good hard look at your vehicle. Removing all of your personal belongings is an excellent way to start. Phone chargers, loose change, discarded mail, and clothing are all things that can be taken away. It can also help if you remove things like bumper stickers or decals from the windows or sides of your car. It's easy to remove adhesive with either hot soap and water or a specialized sticker remover that's made to clean away the sticky goo of bumper stickers without damaging your paint. Visiting your local hardware store or looking online is a great way to find a product that suits your needs.

Now that all of your belongings are out, it's time to think about giving your vehicle a good deep clean from roof to tires. This should include the interior and the exterior. Again, starting by removing stickers and decals is a good way to go. Afterward, you can decide if you want to wash your vehicle at home or take it to a carwash. Either way, make sure your vehicle is dried afterward to prevent water spots.

After the outside is taken care of, it's good to take a look at the inside. Most cars, if they've been taken care of or had light use, will probably only require you to vacuum upholstery and floors while wiping down the dash and insides of the windows. Make sure to remember the trunk as well. It's easy to forget about a space we barely see unless we're loading groceries or recent purchases.

If you find the upholstery on your seats has stubborn stains or discoloration that is tough to remove, or if the lingering smell of smoke is refusing to come out, you might want to think about having your car detailed. The detailing process can often be done at full-service car washes. Car detailing is the process of not only delivering a deep scrub to your car but also fixing up minor blemishes like deep stains or minor scratches.

While detailing takes longer than just a basic cleaning, it can often be worth it to restore your vehicle to like-new condition. This includes removing lingering odors while leaving your vehicle looking and feeling refreshed inside and out. Detailing can also include fixing things like scrapes in the paint or adding a protective sealer on the exterior to make your car shine. So if you're looking to get the most for your money when it comes to selling your car, investing in car detailing might be worth it.

After your car is shining like new, you should begin gathering all the paperwork you'll need. This includes things like the car's title, any warranty information, the owner's manual if you have it, and any other documents that will help give the new buyer a clean and concise picture of your car's history. Don't forget to hunt down any keyfobs and spare keys you have!

Options After Selling Your Car

After you sell your car, you have several options, and it is a good idea to consider them ahead of time. This is the fun part where you decide what comes next. Do you take the cash and save it? Invest in a new Nissan or used vehicle? Or what about leasing so you can get a new vehicle every few years? What's the best choice for you? Let's take a look and review your options.

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Take the Cash

Maybe you're moving across the country or simply had an extra vehicle that wasn't driven enough. Either way, perhaps you don't want to invest in another vehicle at this time, and that's completely fine. At Illini Nissan, we will write you a check, and you're free and clear to do whatever you want with the sale money. This includes putting it in the bank or using it to pay off existing bills, whatever you had in mind. There is no obligation that says you have to invest that money in a new vehicle right away. So if you're not sure what you want to do, save your money for a rainy day.

Buy New

Maybe your plan is to upgrade to a brand new vehicle. Whether you've owned a new vehicle before or not, it's always an exciting feeling to get behind the wheel of a brand new model. When you buy new, you get the option to choose features that you might have always wanted, making this decision extra fun. Maybe you've never had a vehicle with a touchscreen before or have always wanted a vehicle with a surround-view camera to make parking and backing up less stressful. Now is your chance to tailor a car to your needs. Make sure to ask any questions and review all of your options before buying.

It's always good to do a little background research on the model you're interested in to make sure it has a solid reputation. After all, if you're investing your money in a brand new car, you want to make sure it's a wise investment. Look for a vehicle that has few reported issues and a good reputation when it comes to things like durability and longevity. And as any car owner knows, repairs on a vehicle can be expensive. So make sure to ask questions or research how much it costs to repair a particular model. You don't want to buy the vehicle of your dreams only to have it need a repair that you can't afford later on.

Buy Used

Perhaps you're looking to upgrade to a newer vehicle but still want to save yourself a little money. Then buying used is a great choice! When you invest in a vehicle that's only a few years old, you get a lot of the latest tech and features without the high price tag of a new model. When you buy a used car, it's good to look at the car's history to make sure it hasn't been in any serious accidents. Here at Illini Nissan, we provide a free AutoCheck vehicle history report for all of our used cars. And while it's always useful to do your research before making a big investment in a new vehicle, something else not to be overlooked is the test drive.

Test driving a vehicle will not only help you decide if it's a vehicle you enjoy driving but could clue you in to any lingering mechanical issues. Maybe the brakes grind when you stop, or the steering isn't as responsive as you'd like. Test driving can be a great way to narrow down your choices. Maybe you'll find that you like driving a sedan more than a crossover, or the truck you thought you had to have is just too big, and a full-size SUV checks all your boxes. Making sure you're comfortable behind the wheel and that the used vehicle is in good working order will make the car buying experience a fun and positive one.

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Lease A Car

Last but not least, have you ever thought about leasing? If your average day takes you around town or you find you walk more than drive, leasing might be a great option to consider. When you lease a vehicle, the monthly payments will be lower than if you bought the same car brand new. This means you might be able to lease a more luxurious vehicle than you could afford to buy with a traditional car loan. That's a good perk, right? Again, if you tend to put fewer miles on your car than average, leasing is a good option. Or, if you're the kind of person that likes to upgrade every few years to a new vehicle with the latest and greatest tech and features out there, leasing is an inexpensive way to get new cars without the commitment of full ownership. If you decide leasing might be a good option for you, simply ask us about our leasing options for new Nissan models.

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