Selling a car is usually a trade-off between maximizing the money you get and maintaining personal safety. A pandemic like COVID-19 adds to those concerns.
Your two main choices are to trade your car in to a dealer or sell it yourself to a private party. A dealer typically pays less for a trade-in than a private-party buyer does.
But the risk of encountering criminal activity is more probable when dealing with private parties—for example, strangers, that is—than with established dealerships. And providing test-drives to potential buyers isn’t exactly conducive to maintaining social distance.
Not to worry—there are several options for disposing of your old car, some of which are better for your fiscal and physical health. Here’s a quick look: