How to Sell a Car at a Dealership

How does selling your car to a dealership work? When you’re ready to elevate your driving experience in Corona with a new vehicle, many dealerships make it easy to part ways with your old vehicle through a buyback program. You can trade-in your car and use the money you get directly toward your next purchase, or you can accept the cash offer without making another purchase. BMW of Murrieta provides more insight into how to sell a car at a dealership, below.

How Does Selling Your Car to a Dealership Work?

When you work with a dealership like BMW of Murrieta, selling your car is simple! Here’s what you can do before heading out from Riverside:

  • Clean Up Your Car: Detailing your car with a thorough cleaning of the interior and exterior, as well as replacing small components like the windshield wipers and floor mats, can help you get the best offer possible when you bring it to a dealership. You’ll want to get it as close to factory condition as possible – that means removing stickers, personalized license plate frames, etc.
  • List the Benefits Of Your Car: The more information you can provide, the better. If you can show a detailed maintenance history and provide a list of any standout features, including things like spare key fobs or a bike mount made for your car, you may be able to increase the offer you get.
  • Have the Car Title Readily Available: You can save yourself and the dealership a good amount of time just by having your car title readily available.
  • Do Your Own Research: Consult with resources like or Kelley Blue Book to see how they appraise your car. If you plan to work with BMW of Murrieta for a trade-in, you can also use our online Value Your Trade tool for a quick estimate.
  • Choose the Right Dealership: If your vehicle is a late-year model, you’ll probably be successful selling it to just about any dealership, regardless of its make, model, and condition when you bring it in. If it’s an older vehicle, you may want to take it to a dealership that specializes in that particular brand.

What Should I Expect When Selling My Car at a Dealer?

  • Schedule an Appointment: Even though it’s acceptable to walk into a dealership without an appointment when you’re ready to sell your car, you’ll save yourself some time if you do make an appointment. That way, the dealer knows to expect you and can have all the corresponding paperwork in order when you get there.
  • Talk to the Used Car Manager: Most dealerships have a designated associate who handles trade-ins and used car sales. After collecting your information, this person will get the vehicle history report for your car.
  • Inspection: Your car will be inspected by the associate you’re working with before a final offer is made. In some cases, it may also be brought into the dealer’s service center where a technician can check its overall quality and mechanical condition before an offer is made.
  • Weigh the Offer: You can choose to accept the offer or see what other dealerships are prepared to offer.

What are the Benefits of Selling Your Car at a Dealership?

  • Avoid the Hassles of a Private Sale: Selling your car to a private buyer in Ontario can quickly become a hassle. When you sell to a dealership, there’s no need to handle the listing, sort through buyers, or allow strangers to drive your car.
  • Immediately Lower the Cost of Your Next Ride: If you trade-in your car at a dealership, you can apply the offer directly toward your next purchase.
  • Save on Your Taxes: When you trade-in and make a new purchase at the same dealership, you only pay sales tax on the difference between the trade-in value and the cost of the new car.

Trading In Is Simple at BMW of Murrieta

The trade-in process is transparent and hassle-free at BMW of Murrieta! We always provide our best, most competitive offer when you bring your car to us. Contact us when you’re ready to trade-in your current car for a luxurious new or pre-owned BMW!

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