Everyone likes to change their car now and again, some more frequently than others. The problem is what's the best way of selling your car? Your decision will ultimately be based upon several things. These include how quickly you need to sell it or how much money do you want for it. Depending on what's higher on your list tends to determine the method you use. You probably asked the car salesman when you bought the car you intend to sell whether it's a car that retains a good resale value. The answer was bound to be it does, after all he's hardly going to tell you it depreciates fast and won't be worth much when you want to sell. However, you know that if you turn up at the dealership the price the salesman will offer will be less than you expect, and he's going to always have a good reason why. Selling your privately will usually get you the best price, but it may not be the quickest method. Firstly you have to place an advertisement which could take a few days to sort out. Then you have to wait for the calls to arrive. It also means you need to be around a lot, so you can show prospective buyers your car. Then you get the people who can't make their mind or tell you they will let you know and they never do. However, if you do have the time and need the best price then selling privately works. One point to always remember, make quite certain you either get payment in cash, or if they pay by check, make certain you don't let them have the car until you are absolutely certain you have cleared funds in your account. Many a person has trusted someone who gave them a check, only to find it's not honored. Getting money from them after that could be intensely difficult. The benefit of selling your car to a dealer as part-exchange on a new one is the speed it can be done. Once you have decided on your new car and it's ready for delivery then you just leave your car at the dealer. The agreed price is deducted from the new car and you are ready to go. If you decide to go down the dealership route, don't accept their first offer. Remember, they want you to buy a new car from them. They will always offer you a starting price, knowing that they can offer more. Do a little research into used car values before you go to the dealership, then you already have some idea as to the correct value. Dealers can be fairly flexible; they get commission for selling cars so sometimes it's in their interest to forego some of the commission they get by offering you a better price. Remember you are the customer and you have a choice. If you don't like the price, then try somewhere else.