Tips & Advice

Selling A Car:

Use these guidelines to help enhance your vehicle listing:

Start by cleaning your car thoroughly: Wash and wax the exterior, remove all interior and trunk clutter, vacuum and wipe down all interior surfaces, and clean all the windows. You could have it detailed by a professional to save time. This can range from $20 to $50 for a simple clean and wash, or from $100 to $200 for full detailing (shampoo, wax, etc.).

Replace burnt-out lights or fuses and top off all fluid levels.

Get an Autocheck vehicle history report and we’ll post it directly on your vehicle ad; this provides credibility and builds trust. Reports from Autocheck are available on Automoxie.com; other services are available online as well.

If you have detailed inspection records, prepare itemized copies (with service receipts) for prospective buyers. This shows you've kept up with maintenance and suggests you're selling a reliable vehicle.

Many buyers will want to have your car inspected by a mechanic of their choice. You may want to have Carchex.com inspect the car prior to placing the ad in order to avoid potential surprises closer to sale. Carchex will perform a 155-point pre-purchase auto inspection almost anywhere in the USA. Their detailed auto inspection report includes the condition of body and paint, dents, scratches, rust, tires and wheels, glass, interior, missing parts, oil leaks, electrical items, and drive train performance.

Make a copy of your vehicle title in preparation for the sale. If you don't have the title, call your lending institution and request they send it to you with a lien release. If you paid off the loan years ago and the lending institution no longer exists, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (888-206-4662) can help you obtain your title.

Buying A Car:

Here are a few tips to help you find a quality used car:

Check the Vehicle’s History: An important part of a used car purchase is to obtain the car’s history, making sure the title is clear and there are no serious accidents that haven’t been disclosed by the owner. You should be primarily concerned with issues regarding the vehicle’s title, accident history, and ownership history. Automoxie has partnered with Autocheck to provide the most accurate vehicle history reporting on the market.

Vehicle Title History: Before purchasing a used vehicle you want to ensure there is a clear title, and that the vehicle has not been totaled due to a severe accident or flooding. You also want to verify the odometer readings on the title if applicable.

Accident and Service History: Has the car been well taken care of and are there service records that show routine maintenance? Has the vehicle been written off as a total loss, have the airbags been deployed, is there frame damage?

Ownership History: It’s also a good idea to know the ownership history of the vehicle you are considering buying. Key information to look for includes the number of previous owners, and the type of owner (rental company, fleet vehicle, etc.). Many vehicles used as fleet vehicles or that are rented out are not taken care of as well as a vehicle owned by an individual.

Save Money: If you discover an issue, bring it to the dealer's attention and suggest a lower price that is more acceptable to you.

Make an Informed Decision: Use an AutoCheck vehicle history report to avoid vehicles with hidden problems like flood damage, odometer rollback, lemon vehicles and more.

Comparison Shop: Compare vehicles using the AutoCheck Score, a bargaining chip only available with an AutoCheck vehicle history report!

Be Confident in Your Purchase with an AutoCheck Vehicle History Report!

Check the Odometer

This is especially important on an older car, and can be an important gauge of how much wear and tear is really on the vehicle. A general rule is that there should be an average of 10 – 20,000 miles per year. If you have a car with a low number of miles that seems to be in poor condition, or if the odometer reading seems overly low when compared to the age of the car, these are red flags, and you may want to reconsider your purchase.

Check the VIN

The Vehicle Identification Number for any car should be located on a plate under the dash, on the doorpost, or on the firewall of the engine, and is often in all three locations. Check all of them, and make sure the number is the same in all three, as well as checking, not only with Autocheck but with the local crime database as well (in some places you can do this) to be certain the title is clear. Mismatched numbers? You may not want to take on that risk.

You can also perform a free VIN check with the National Insurance Crime Bureau. NICB’s VIN CheckSM is a service provided to the public to assist in determining if a vehicle has been reported as stolen, but not recovered, or has been reported as a previously declared total loss vehicle by cooperating NICB members. All you need to perform the search is the VIN. Keep in mind that a maximum of 5 VIN Check searches can be conducted within a 24 hour period.

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FRIENDLY TIPS

  • When listing your vehicle post a brief description to enhance your listing and set your car apart from the others.
  • Adding an Autocheck vehicle history report to your listing builds confidence with potential buyers.
  • Utilizing Automoxie's bulk photo upload (up to 30 photos) allows buyers to get an in-depth feel for your vehicle.
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