Mercedes-Benz sold 27,433 vehicles in the USA in September. There’s a huge market for these teutonic titans in the United States.
If you’re planning on selling your used Mercedes-Benz online, there are some things you need to know. You need to know how to present your car, how much to charge, and what steps to take to get the best deal.
In this article, we’re going to give you everything you need to know about selling your Mercedes. Ready to learn more? Read on!
Do Your Research
Mercedes-Benz has been around for close to 100 years in its current form. The value and the ease with which you can sell your Mercedes will depend on which specific model we’re talking about. If you’ve got an SL65 AMG (and if you have, I’m seriously jealous), there are a lot more factors to look at than an E-Class.
Take a look at the car’s common faults. Do any of them apply to your vehicle? Are there any recalls that should have been done, that haven’t?
Consider any damage that the car has: would getting it repaired by economical for resale value? Is it a rare or common trim level?
Look at cars that are like yours, and those that are identical to yours. Find out how much they’re selling for, depending on the condition. Then appraise your car honestly. If it’s not in mint condition, and it probably won’t be, adjust the price accordingly.
Target A Range of Customers
Don’t just advertise your car in one place. You should, of course, put an ad up on Exotic Car List, to reach our huge online audience. However, you should look elsewhere too.
Take a look at Mercedes-Benz appreciation forums. These sites often have classifieds sections, and will reach a network of enthusiasts. This is particularly worth doing if you’re selling a classic.
You should also consider doing this the old-fashioned way. Put adverts in local papers and magazines, and try and find a buyer in your local area. Most people prefer to buy local if you can, and you’ll be adding to your list of potential buyers.
Service and Detail Your Car
Before you list your car, make it look its best. Have any necessary minor repairs done, and give the car a thorough detail.
If you’d rather clean it yourself, vacuum inside and shampoo the seats. Wash the exterior thoroughly and clean smears with chamois leather.
When you take pictures, take them at midday or sunrise/sunset. This way, you won’t have weird shadows or lens flare polluting your images.
Decide Your Lowest Price
You’re probably going to have to haggle with the buyer. Decide the lowest price that you’re comfortable selling this car for. Go no lower than that.
Don’t hand the car over until you’ve got the money. Don’t take a check on good faith alone, wait until that money is in your account. Only when the money has cleared do you hand over the keys.