There are few cars that can be considered as classic as the Chevy Corvette. There have been 1.5 million of these beautiful cars produced since the car was introduced on June 30, 1953. In 1977, the 500,000 Corvette rolled off the assembly line. In 1992, the millionth. Chevrolet reached the 1.5 million mark for the Corvette in 2009. The first Corvette was introduced to the world at the 1953 General Motors event, “Motorama.” That was held at the famed hotel, the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. That first Corvette had a six cylinder engine dubbed, “Blue Flame.” The popularity of this car is the reason there are so many Corvette buyers around. If you are thinking, “how can I sell my Corvette?,” these tips will help.
- Get the proper detailing job done. When you are trying to sell your Corvette, your first step is to make it look as good as possible. If you have a a newer Corvette, a throughout cleaning of the interior and exterior should be all that you need. If you have an older Corvette, you should take a few more steps. There are a lot of classic Corvette buyers out there. The detailing job should include washing the exterior of the vehicle and you should have them take care of the wheels and clay bar. They should polish and wax the car and handle making any corrections to the paint. This will cost anywhere between $250 and $400. If a company offers to detail your Corvette for less than that, you should go someplace else. You want the car to look like it has been cared for by classic Corvette dealers.
- Get your documents together. If you have been the only owner of the Corvette, you should have the records for all of the work, including maintenance, that you have had on it. All Corvette buyers are going to want to see these records to know what condition the car is in. If you have not owned the car for its entire life, you should get a report on the car from a service such as AutoCheck or Carfax. They can give you results with the vehicle identification number or VIN. The AutoCheck service is great because it is very comprehensive. If you use that service, you will get all the records for the car including any accident reports.
- Get everything else together. Get all of the car keys, service records, owner’s manual and anything else that you will sell with the car into one place. The more organized you are, the better. Most Corvette buyers will appreciate having everything in one place.
- Set the right price for your car. The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) is a good place to start. NADA has guides for the pricing of most cars, including Corvettes. You can bet that most, if not all, Corvette buyers are going to check with NADA before they make any purchases. The only caveat is that many car experts feel that the prices listed by NADA are too high. Another place to look for pricing points is eBay. You need to be careful. You can price your car so low that Corvette buyers will think there is something wrong with your car and if the price is too high, they will pass your listing right by. When you list your car, put in that you are willing to negotiate the price. That can help so if you do that, you should go with a higher initial price for your Corvette.
- Get the best images of your Corvette. Buying a classic car, like a Corvette, is not really about money, it is about emotion. When people look at pictures of classic cars like the Corvette, if they are going to buy that car, the photo needs to be great. When you look at the price you will be asking, think about whether it makes sense to have a professional photographer take the images that you will use to sell your car. You want the Corvette buyers to have a positive emotional response to the images you post.
There will always be a market for great cars like Corvettes and you will sell yours with these tips.