If you’ve decided to buy a new car, chances are you’re going to need to sell your old one. Many people decide to privately sell their car as opposed to going through a dealership, as they get to keep all the profits and be in total control of the process.
However, there are a few things you have to do first before putting your car on the market. This will ensure that you get the best price possible and are following all rules and regulations related to the process.
Get a roadworthy certificate
A certificate of roadworthiness demonstrates that your vehicle is safe to be used on the road, and is required whenever your vehicle is being sold. You can go to your mechanic to find a licensed vehicle tester.
They will test things like the suspension and steering, wheels, tyres and seat belts. Having a roadworthy certificate is an absolutely essential part of selling your car and penalties can apply if you sell it without one.
This may seem like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised how many people put their car on the market without giving it a proper clean.
Remove any rubbish and personal belongings, and make sure you check under the seats and in the boot. A car that looks well-cared for and maintained will have a much higher chance of selling quickly at a good price.
Conduct minor repairs
Minor repairs won’t cost too much to conduct and can greatly add to the value of your vehicle. Most buyers won’t be interested in paying top dollar for a car that they’ll have to spend additional money on repairing themselves.
Make sure your windscreen wipers, fixtures and paint job are all up to par and if not, consider fixing them. Although you could just price your vehicle at a lower price, chances are you’ll make a healthy profit by performing these small repairs.
You could also take your car to get serviced for a more comprehensive solution. If you own a luxury car, you may want to take it to a specialist mechanic that focuses on your make.
Do market research
To set your car at a price that is fair and will attract buyers, you’ll need to do some market research first. This is important in ensuring that you don’t set your expectations either too high or too low, and all parties involved walk away happy.
You can conduct this research by looking at how your model and make are being priced by other sellers. However, don’t forget to take into consideration other factors such as the condition, kilometres travelled and any add-ons.
Write a descriptive and honest ad
One of the most important and often overlooked parts of selling your car is the ad you write. A poorly written and undetailed ad will deter potential buyers away and make the process of selling your car lengthy and complicated.
Taking the time to write a thought-out and detailed ad will give buyers the information they need and also instil a feeling of trust towards you. Putting in any and all relevant information and double-checking your spelling and grammar can make a world of difference.
Take good photos
Putting some effort into the photos you take to sell your car is another under looked component of the selling process. Taking plenty of pictures at different angles with good lighting can go a long way.
Try not to take the photos under harsh sunlight, as this can cast dark shadows and create a glare. To avoid this, try taking them either early in the morning or the evening right before the sun sets. Taking them in front of a nice backdrop is important too, so don’t take the pictures in a messy garage or an industrial setting.
No one wants to be stuck with a vehicle they can’t get rid of, but this is easily avoidable. As long as you follow the steps outlined above, you should be able to sell your car quickly and easily.