Should you sell your car privately?

Selling your car directly to a buyer can be an excellent way to get top-dollar. We've done it lots of times.

Well, Ray has. Tom, however, has never sold a car.

Why? Well…when the time has come for him to part with his cars, they don't even cast a shadow.

Here are our tips for determining whether a private sale is right for you and, if it is, how to set about getting it done without a hitch-and getting top dollar along the way.

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Tom and Ray Magliozzi
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the Tappet Brothers

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Is a Private Sale Right for You?

Before you set about selling your car, you have to first ask yourself one question: is a private sale right for me?

Selling a car takes time, involves a certain amount of hassle,
and some risk-including personal risk.

Ask yourself these questions:

1. Do you have the time to thoroughly clean the car, check and top off fluids, collect all repair records, and, possibly, take it to a mechanic to be checked out?

2. Are you willing to take the risk in terms of time, money, hassle-and the possibility that the car might not sell or you might get scammed-for the prospect of a better sale price?

3. Are you comfortable having strangers come to your house or place of work? Are you comfortable going on test drives with strangers, or asking them to wait, until your weight-lifter boyfriend, Thor, can come join you?

4. Are you comfortable having strangers come to your house or place of work? Are you comfortable going on test drives with strangers, or asking them to wait, until your weight-lifter boyfriend, Thor, can come join you?

5. Are you prepared for accepting the legal liability that comes with selling a car? In many states, if a recently sold used car doesn't pass inspection, the seller may be financially liable.

If you answered "Yes" to all five questions then it's time to prepare your car for that big sale! Start here >>

If you answered "No" to any of these questions, stop here. It's not worth it for you to sell your car privately. In that case, here are a few options for you to part with your car.