Maricopa Auto Fair @ Ak-Chin Circle - 16000 N Maricopa Rd. - Maricopa, AZ 85139



  • Setting Your Asking Price
  • Paperwork Needed - It's Really Simple!
  • Getting Your Vehicle Ready

Successfully selling a used car is simple if you pay attention to a few pointers.  Consider investing a little time and money to prepare your car for resale. You will always reap a reward beyond your investment.  The following can be used as a guide to optimize your chances of selling your car quickly, as well as tell you the paperwork you need in Arizona.

"Remember, take safety precautions when meeting potential buyers.  Do not open your home to strangers.  Meet at a mutual location like our Park 'N Sell the daytime." 


Asking Price

This is the single most important factor.  Don't set an unreasonable price.  Most likely, there are many other vehicles like yours out there to choose from, so price you vehicle to sell.  Don't waste your time going to different price guides looking for the one that says your car is worth the most.  Go to the most familiar, Kelley Blue Book ( and use the private-party value.  Your buyer will most likely be checking this source as well to determine how much they are willing to spend on your car.  They will also be checking classified publications to see what else is out there, so be familiar with the current market values and trends.  When setting your price, leave yourself some room to negotiate.  80% of the vehicles sell in the first weekend when they're priced correctly. 

Paperwork Needed - It's Really Simple! (For more information use the DMV link below)

You'll be dealing with the following paperwork when you're selling a car in Arizona:

  • The car certificate of title.
    • You'll provide a notarized signature on the back of the title when transferring ownership to the buyer. If there was a lien on the title, you'll also provide a lien release.
  • Sold Notice.
    • This notifies the Arizona MVD that you've officially relinquished ownership of the vehicle to another person and protects you from any charges or liabilities stemming from the vehicle following the sale.
    • You can either complete this notification on the back of the car's registration, or by going to the MVD website and filling out an online form.

After the sale has been completed, remove the license plates from the vehicle. The license plates stay with you, not the vehicle, so you should remove them after the transaction. You have 30 days to transfer those plates to another vehicle registered to you, or to apply for a plate refund.




Safety issues must be addressed first.  If your vehicle has a cracked or broken windshield, get it fixed.  Cracks not more than a couple inches long can usually be fixed at a fraction of the cost of buying a new windshield.  Replace bald tires.  They are unsafe, look bad and represent an immediate expense to a potential buyer. 



The first test a potential buyer gives your vehicle is the smell test.  If your car's interior smells bad or there is lingering pet hair, your potential buyer will lose interest immediately.  If you are a smoker, the interior smell may offend non-smokers and smokers as well.  Have the interior carpets cleaned as best possible.  While you're at it, clean the ashtray.  Also, make sure your personal effects are completely cleaned out.  Remember, this is someone's new car and they don't want to be reminded there was a previous owner.  Check your tape/CD player, center console, glove box, between seats, under seats and visors.



You only get one chance to make a first impression.  Wash it, wax it, have noticeable scratches fixed and spend a couple extra bucks on tire dressing.  You cannot overdo it when it comes to the exterior appearance.  If you spend $150 on a complete detail, you can expect to earn that back on the sale.



If you are within 1000 miles of your next scheduled oil service, you should get it done before putting your up for sale.  A potential buyer will love seeing that little sticker in the corner of the windshield telling them they have another 3000 miles to go before the next service.  Most importantly, make sure all fluids are clean and filled to their proper levels.



There is nothing that sets a buyer at ease more than a stack of complete and organized maintenance records.  If you have kept service records on your vehicle, take time to make copies, put them in a binder in chronological order with the most recent records at the front.