How to Sell a Car at a Dealership

Car dealer giving car key to buyer


At Mercedes-Benz of Centerville and most other dealerships in the Kettering area, you can sell your car through a buyback program or to offset the price of a new vehicle. This saves you money on your next vehicle purchase, or makes you some extra money if you choose not to buy another vehicle. If you find yourself asking, “how does selling your car to a dealership work?” just read our guide on how to sell a car at a dealership.



How Does Selling Your Car to a Dealership Work?

So, how does selling your car to a dealership work? Well, to start, you’ll need to prepare. This is everything you need to do:

  • Clean Your Car: You’ll improve the value of your car by having it washed and detailed, and by replacing small parts like windshield wipers or floor mats.
  • Write a Detailed Description Of Your Car: List your car’s additional features and accessories. It also helps to have a detailed history of the maintenance record of your vehicle.
  • Find Your Car’s Title: Having your vehicle’s title on hand when you sell it makes the process that much more quick and efficient.
  • Estimate Your Car’s Value: Use our value your trade-in tool to estimate the value of your car. Other tools from websites like or Kelley Blue Book can also work. An estimate helps you negotiate your price.
  • Find the Right Dealership: Most dealerships in the Oakwood area will purchase newer, gently pre-owned vehicles regardless of their inventory, but older models are easier to sell to pre-owned car dealerships.

How Selling Your Car to a Dealership Works

Once you’re ready, here are the steps for how to sell a car at a dealership:

  • Make an Appointment: Contact the dealership and make an appointment. It is possible to walk in and sell, but the dealer won’t have the proper documents ready, and it will take longer.
  • Speak to the Pre-Owned Car Manager: When you arrive for your appointment, you’ll be directed to a Pre-Owned Car Manager or a salesperson to handle the sale. Give them the information that you’ve prepared on your vehicle, and they’ll run a vehicle history report on your car.
  • Have your Car Inspected: Either the Pre-Owned Car Manager or the service center of the dealership will then inspect your vehicle’s quality and mechanical condition.
  • Consider the Offer: The dealership will give you an offer. You can negotiate, accept the offer, or go to another dealership and try to get a better offer. If you accept, you’ll exchange the car’s title for the decided-upon price.

Mercedes-Benz of Centerville Will Buy Your Car!

Come to Centerville to sell your car to our dealership. You can contact us if you have any questions before you visit or to schedule an appointment.


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