Posted On 9-9-2015
Now that summer is coming to an end and the fall season unofficially kicks off after Labor Day, many people begin to conduct research on new cars for sale. Generally speaking, car manufacturers are preparing to stock their lots with new 2016 models so they will usually offer big discounts on their left over 2015 models and pre-owned vehicles in order to free up lot space. This is a great time to buy a new car because most dealers are more willing to negotiate a better price during this period than any other time of the year.
odometer While this may be the best opportunity to purchase a vehicle, it’s also the most challenging period to get top dollar for your trade. But what most drivers don’t realize is that the dealership isn’t the only place where you can get cash for your vehicle. In fact, other options may give you more money than what the dealer could offer, especially if you currently have a late-model vehicle with many miles that’s not in the greatest of shape. Even if your vehicle isn’t mechanically sound, you can still improve its value when you sell your car with a few simple fixes that won’t cost an arm and a leg.
The Initial Check
If your vehicle has a few warning indicators illuminated on the dashboard, dealers will immediately deduct a good amount of money off the value right away and if you try sell it to someone, they will most likely be hesitant and will walk away from purchasing it. While everyone isn’t a mechanic or a car guru, you may think it’s difficult or tricky to pinpoint the reasons why these lights are illuminated on the instrument panel. However, it’s actually quite simple to figure out what the lights mean by taking advantage of some free services.
For instance, some mechanics may offer a free vehicle diagnostic/check-up report, which will provide you with the necessary information you need to address the issues. You can also head to an auto parts store that provides customers with free computer scans. This is where a device is plugged into your vehicles data port and it reads the codes that have prompted the warning lights on the instrument panel. Some of these devices will immediately give you a solution to the problem like “replace O2 sensor” and some may give you a trouble code read-out like “P0132″. When you get the codes, you can look them up in your owner’s manual or research it online to find the repair solution.