All You Need To Know About Selling a Car Yourself

If you are getting a new car or simply want to sell your car because of moving to a new area where it is no longer needed, then it takes a little bit of know-how to get the deal that you want. You don’t want to not get a good price for it, but you also don’t want to drag out the selling process in the hope that you’ll get exactly the price that you want. So in many ways, it is much like selling a house and can be more complicated than you initially think. It is an investment for the potential buyers too, as they want to make sure that they are getting the best deal for their money. But don’t put off selling your car if you want to sell it. You just need to know the right steps to take to get the best offer. Here are some of the steps to be thinking about before you put it on the market.


Know The Market

In order to determine how easy your car will be to sell, then you need to think about the market for the car and what current cars are going for. At the end of the day, something is only as valuable as what someone is willing to pay for it. And if you’re way off the mark, then customers are going to buy a similar car that is cheaper somewhere else. Look online at different selling sites, as well as places like AutoTrader or eBay. Look what a new version of your would go for and then think about how many miles your car has driven and what kind of condition it is in. That should help you to come up with a fair price to sell it for.

Make Your Car Look Good

If you’re trying to sell an older car and people to come to see it and it is dirty and covered in rust or mold, then no one is going to be interested. So no matter what car you are selling, you should do your best to make it look good. Give it a thorough clean, inside and out, as well as checking that everything is in working order. Look for an auto glass repair garage if there is a chip on the windscreen or pump up the tires if they are looking a little flat. If your car looks good and it doesn’t appear to have damage or scratches, then it is going to appeal to buyers right away.

Know Where To Sell

In order to sell your car as soon as possible, and open it up to the maximum amount of people, then you need to know where to sell it. Telling your friends and family by word of mouth can be useful, but it shouldn’t be the only thing that you do, for example. Using social media can be a really good tool, especially if there are local selling groups in your area. If someone doesn’t have to travel too far to collect or view it, then it will appeal. Twitter can be a good place too, as long as you remember to use some relevant hashtags for local people to find it. Car specific websites like AutoTrader and can be a good idea, as well as other selling sites like Craigslist and eBay; the latter has a pretty big car selling section. Just check the costs associated with this kind of thing as some will be free, but some will charge.

Creating Your Ad

What your ad says will give a firm indication to the potential buyers about what you will and won’t accept. Using words like ‘firm’ will show to them that you’re not in a rush and do want to get as close to the asking price as possible. Using the abbreviation ‘OBO’ means that you are willing to negotiate a little on the asking price, as you are asking for a certain amount ‘or the best offer’. So think carefully about the words that you use so that your time isn’t wasted and the buyers time isn’t wasted. ‘Must sell’ will show that you’re in a bit of a hurry and want to get it sold as soon as possible. Of course, make sure that you make your ad as in detail as possible. Things like the owner history, service history, mileage, colour, any adjustments it has had, accidents it has been in, the condition of the car, and any extras for the car like if it has air conditioning, all need to be listed. You want to leave the buyer with as few questions as possible.