To sell a car in Texas yourself takes some effort and research. But you could get a better return than you would if you used it as a trade.
These suggestions will help.
Get Everything In Order
- Set the price. Kelly’s Blue Book is a good place to see how much your car is worth. It’s the same publication dealers use to establish their prices. But like the dealers, be prepared to negotiate.
- To sell a car in Texas, it will have to pass a state safety inspection. The buyer might also want it inspected by the mechanic of their choice. The buyer should pay for this.
- Organize your repair and maintenance documents so they’re easy for a potential buyer to look through. Texas law doesn’t require this, but many buyers expect it. Also, contact Carmax for a vehicle history report.
Ready For Buyers
Make sure it’s spotlessly clean. Wash, vacuum, and get all the stains off the upholstery. And repair any small issues like a cracked window or loose screw.
When the car’s ready to meet potential buyers, advertise on social media, Craig’s List, and in the newspaper classifieds. Your ads should include all the important information, like make, model, and condition. Don’t forget your contact information!
Also, put a For Sale sign in the back window of the car.
The Final Details
In Texas, the buyer will need to apply for a new title, which serves as a bill of sale. You’ll have to sign it.
Take off the plates and registration sticker. File a motor vehicle transfer notification with the state, and you’re done.