First, when you log onto autotrader.com you will be asked if you want to search for a new vehicle or sell your own. Click the “For Sale” box to begin selling your own vehicle.
Second, after you have clicked the “for sale” box you will be asked for your ZIP code for advertising purposes.
Third, you will begin to make some choices on how extensive you want your sale. You can choose between where the ad will be seen; either online, in the Auto Trader Magazine or both as well as the duration the ad will run. These options all come with a price ranging all the way to $79 +
Fourth, you will need to get all of the specifics of your vehicle including color, milage, options and most importantly the VIN (vehicle identification number). This number can be found in your owners manual or in the drivers inner door jam.
Fifth, write a quick story of why you are selling the vehicle. This is the time to separate yourself from the rest. Give the details of the vehicle history and how well you have maintained it, as well as the overall condition.
Sixth, you will have to have at least 9 pictures of your vehicle to upload onto the Auto Trader website. These pictures should be well lit and include under the hood shots as well as interior and exterior ones. If possible try to take some pictures that show the true condition of the paint and interior.
Seventh, after you have entered all of your pictures and a summary of your vehicle, you will have an opportunity to see what your ad will look like online. Go over everything carefully to make sure everthing is perfect.
Eighth. The next picture you will see will be how the ad will appear in the Auto Trader magazine. No matter what it is important to make sure the magazine ad appears as well written as the online ad.
Ninth. All you need now is a method of payment. Auto Trader does take Paypal however, if you do not have an account with Paypal, Visa will get the job done.
Congratulations! You are done. Make sure to keep your confirmation number and watch your e-mail. As a last note remember you never know who is coming to test drive your car, so be carefull and let someone know if you are going out for a drive with a potential buyer.