Cars that were driven for hours every day pre-pandemic are now sitting in garages gathering dust. When you combine that with the economy that’s been stifled by lockdowns and business restrictions, many people have been forced to downsize their family fleet.

On the other hand, COVID-19 has also put off many people from using public transportation. The prospect of travelling in close proximity to other passengers just doesn’t seem great right now.

What all of this means is that lots of people are buying and selling used cars. If you’re interested in doing the latter, now isn’t a bad time as used car prices have gone up in the pandemic.  With that said, you’d still want to do everything you can to ensure you the most money for your used car. Here are three tips to help you out.

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Show Your Care For Your Car

When it comes to used cars, the first buyers look at is how well the car has been cared for during the course of its life. They want assurances that they aren’t buying a car that’ll turn out to be a lemon, and the best way of reassuring them is by providing maintenance records. Having a maintenance record shows potential buyers that you treat your vehicle properly—even if you don’t get it serviced from the dealership.

Spruce It Up

Although there are companies like CarZilo that will gladly buy your vehicle in as-is condition, it’s best to spruce up your car a bit if you’re looking to get top dollar for it. This involves getting minor dings and dents professionally repaired, giving the car a good washing, and vacuuming out the interior.

If your used car is just a few years old, sprucing it up for the sale can make a huge difference in terms of the money you get for it.

Make Sure You Have All the Documentation Sorted Out

Thanks to companies like CarZilo, selling a used car doesn’t take more than a few minutes—given that you have all the documents available and ready. So, in addition to the service and repair receipts we’ve mentioned above, make sure you have the vehicle’s title on hand and ensure that it’s fully transferrable.


At CarZilo, we make the process simple, convenient, and lucrative. Our primary locations to sell your used car for cash are in Los Angeles (LA) and Orange County, and we buy drivable cars of ALL types! We can come directly to you. Tap here to get a free instant estimate on your car.