Trying to sell a car can be a real nightmare. If you don’t consider yourself a revhead, how are you supposed to know what kind of engine it has, what its “specs” are, or even how much it is worth? And even if you know that stuff, how are you supposed to get the best deal for it? And where should you even go to sell it? All of these are questions that everyone must answer when it comes to selling a vehicle, and trying to do just that can certainly give a person a few extra grey hairs. So to help you out and take some of the stress off, we have put together a guide with some useful tips for anyone who is thinking about selling a car.
Know Your Car
The first and most important part of selling a car is getting to know it. This might seem like an odd suggestion for someone who has probably owned their car for quite a few years. However, if you really want to get the best deal for your car, you really need to know the ins and outs of your vehicle. This does not have to mean that you are one hundred percent car-literate, but it will help to do some research on the basics of your car. Some of the things that potential buyers will want to know are the make, model, year (age) of the car, and how many kilometers it has traveled. The latter can be found by looking at the odometer on your dashboard.
Check the Value
Once you know these things, you can do some research and find out the value of your car. It is important to know your car’s real value as you want to make sure that you do not sell it for less than it is worth. On the other hand, you also do not want to risk not selling it by charging too much. Some useful resources for this are redbook.com.au, carsales.com.au. Redbook will even give you a valuation certificate for a fee. All you have to do is enter the above information, as well as some other information about accident and repair history if you have it.
Get it Certified
Each state has different regulations for the kind of certification that is required before one can sell a car. Most require a roadworthiness certificate and proof of ownership, but you should look up the regulations on your state’s .gov.au site to find out the laws that apply to you. You might even find a buyer from another state, so it might be worth getting the necessary documentation anyway.
Give it a Makeover
What’s the point in cleaning it if you are going to sell it, right? Well, the point is that most people don’t see the real quality of a car, or even its potential, if they cannot get past a layer of dirt and grime on the top. Whether you are selling it to a dealer or just a random person, you will benefit from cleaning the car both inside and out.
Check with Local Dealers
There are two main ways to go about selling a vehicle, and the first is to go through a car dealer. This is sometimes the best option as they will take most cars that are in relatively good condition. However, they are a business, and they will be looking to make a profit. As such, you have to make sure that you are getting the correct amount of money for your car—which makes that independent valuation all the more important.
Consider Selling Online
The second way to sell your car is through placing an ad. This is most commonly done online nowadays, and the best way to go is through a local news outlet or online marketplace such as carsguide.com.au, carsales.com.au, or even craigslist.com.au. Put some thought into the wording of the ad. Make sure that you put all the necessary details in there, but try not to make it overly technical and risk going over the heads of potential buyers.