Selling Tips

Does Your Car Have a Warranty?

New cars come with a factory warranty, and owners routinely purchase extended warranties too. Understand the complete warranty coverage your car may have, and the remaining coverage term. Having a warranty is a valuable add-on and can increase the sales price for your car. If you’re unaware or lost your warranty paperwork, you may contact your dealership of purchase for details.

Gather Your Maintenance Records

Gather your maintenance records to share with prospective buyers. A well maintained car shows that you took care of your car, and remedied known problems. Having the records helps buyers understand the maintenance history of the car, and helps improve the value of the car.

Check Your Car’s Title /How to Get a Replacement Title?

Your Illinois vehicle title proves that you own your vehicle, and you'll need this document should you ever wish to sell the car. If you can’t find your title, you can order a new one in just a few easy steps. Apply for a duplicate title in Illinois by mail or in person at your local IL SOS office. You'll need to:

Complete the Application for Vehicle Transaction(s) (Form VSD 190) accessible at: www.cyberdriveillinois.comandregistration/pert.html

If Your Car has Bank Loan

Obtain a lien payoff letter from your lender. The lien payoff is usually good for a limited period of time, so order the payoff when you’re ready to transact on your car.

To remove a lien during the duplicate title process, you must also submit:

  • A lien clearance letter or a lien contract letter that says the lien has been paid in full.
What Documents do you Need to Sell your car?

You will need your title, Bill of Sale, and a payoff letter from your lender (if you have a loan). The Bill of Sale serves as a record of necessary information, including the date of sale, price, vehicle information, and names/addresses for both the seller and the buyer.