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How to Sell a Car in Illinois

Selling your car to a private buyer is not as simple as it may initially seem. Following are five important steps that can help you sell your car in Illinois for a good price while avoiding common pitfalls involved in transferring the car's ownership to someone else.

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1. Find out How Much Your Car is Worth

Do some research before deciding on an asking price for your car. Online resources such as Kelly's Blue Book and NADA Guides offer information on how much a particular model may be worth. However, you will also want to check out Craigslist and other local advertisements to see the asking price for cars similar to yours. These resources will give you an idea of how much you your car is worth.

2.Get the Paperwork for Selling a Car in Illinois

Illinois law requires that you give the car title to the person who buys your car as soon as the sale is complete. If you have lost your title, you will need to apply for a duplicate title. This can be done in Illinois if you had a previous Illinois title; if not, you will need to apply for a title in the state where you originally purchased the car.

Drawing up a bill of sale will help to avoid legal disputes if the car's new owner is involved in a vehicle accident shortly after buying your car. While Illinois' Lemon Law does not cover used vehicles, the buyer could sue you if he or she has an accident because there were car problems that you did not disclose at the time of the sale.

Bill of Sale for a Car in Illinois

The bill of sale should include the present condition of the car, whether or not the car is being sold "as is" and whether or not the car is still covered by warranty. The bill should be agreed on and signed by both the buyer and seller. Keep a copy of this bill in case you need it later on.

Maintenance records are also important to have on hand as any conscientious buyer will want to know how the car has been cared for in the past few months or years. If the car is still covered by a warranty policy, have this policy in hand as well to turn over to the new buyer when selling a car.

3. Advertise Your Car for Sale

Clean your car inside and out and take clear pictures of the interior, exterior and motor. Write up a concise overview stating basic information about your car, how much you are selling it for and your contact information and advertise your car for sale on online ad sites and in your local newspaper. Answer calls and emails quickly and make time in your schedule to allow serious buyers a chance to test drive the car.

Sell a Junk Car Quickly

While the average buyer will not be interested in a car that has serious body and/or mechanical problems, there are companies that buy any type of car regardless of the condition the car is in. You can also sell a car in good condition to a company if you are in a hurry to finalize the sale and/or don't have the time to clean the car, advertise it for sale, take people on test drives, etc.

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