With the current state of the economy, getting the full value of your car or truck as an individual seller is a difficult task. Consumers are cutting back their spending in an attempt to save money in this recession. People are more inclined to try to pay less for a used car than the vehicle may actually be worth.
Taking your used car or truck to a dealer greatly increases the probability of getting the full value of the vehicle. This also drastically reduces the hassle of having to find a buyer through signs, classified ads, or listings on an online marketplace. A used car dealer will also be able to assist in the selling of a financed car. They can deal with the complicated paperwork from the financer so you don't have to worry about settling the remainder of the payments on your own.
Individuals attempting to sell a truck on their own are at an even greater disadvantage because of the low fuel efficiency of the trucks. Trucks are perceived as inefficient when it comes to fuel consumption by the typical used car buyer and at a time where people are trying to make each dollar go further and further, trucks are very difficult to sell by the owner.
Without the help from an expert, deciding what price to sell your vehicle for can be very difficult especially since trucks are perceived as "gas guzzlers". While there are reliable resources out there, such as Galves.com, the pricing on the website is rather arbitrary and primarily depends on the model year and the number of miles. Factors that can increase value, such as a pristine interior, or new tires are not considered.