How to Sell a Car at a Dealership

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Buying a new vehicle can be a cathartic and exciting experience. But it’s often a classic case of out with the old and in with the new, and sometimes, getting rid of your old vehicle can be tricky. Not if we have anything to do with it here at Don Johnson Motors! At our Wisconsin new & used car dealership, we make the trade-in process easy. That’s true whether trading in a financed car or a vehicle with no outstanding loans. But even if you don’t decide to sell your vehicle to us, we still want you to be armed with the right information. That way, when it comes time to sell your vehicle, you know what to do and how long it takes. So read on to learn more about how to sell a car at a dealership like ours!


How Long Does It Take to Sell A Car?

How long does it take to sell a car in Wisconsin? Well, the amount of time usually depends on how you decide to sell your vehicle, either private-party or to a dealership. 

Selling a Car to a Private Party

When you sell a car to a private party, it involves getting it ready for sale, listing it for sale, and finally, ensuring you have all the proper paperwork and forms on hand to transfer ownership. Then, you need to make time to show the car, allow for any inspections the buyer wants, and more. This is a process that can take anywhere from a few days to a few months!

Selling a Car to a Dealership

If you elect to sell your car to a dealership, chances are, it will take far less time than selling to a private party. Plus, most dealerships like ours have dedicated finance centers and service centers that determine vehicle values and assess their condition to assign them a fair market asking price, respectively. As a result, when you sell your car to a dealership, the entire process can be done in a matter of days, if not hours.


How to Sell a Car in Wisconsin

When selling a car in Wisconsin, here are some practical steps to take to ensure you’re doing everything properly and efficiently:

  • Pay off your vehicle first. If not, you’ll have to try to seek a loan buyout and have that deducted from the amount you get for your vehicle.
  • If selling to a private party, you’ll need to complete seller notification and provide a lien release and bill of sale. When you go to a dealership, you won’t have to worry about personally filling out these types of forms!
  • Want to use the same license plates? You’ll have to transfer plates from your old vehicle to your new vehicle.
  • Before selling your car, get it washed or detailed and take care of any necessary maintenance.
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Contact Us to Sell Us Your Car Today!

Want to learn more or take the next steps towards selling your vehicle in Wisconsin? Just reach out to us online or give us a call to value your trade. We can’t wait to further assist you with your new vehicle search and help you get rid of your current car in the process!

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