Are you looking to ditch your old car and replace it with something more modern? Or are you just happy to get rid of that old banger that’s been sitting on your lawn and ruining your curb appeal? Well, no matter what and why you’re selling a car, you can always get some decent money back into your pocket. If you want to make the most out of your sale, here are some tips you should keep in mind when selling your old car.
Register your car
If you’re not a registered owner of the vehicle you’re trying to sell, make registration your priority. Selling your scrap car without ownership is possible, but it won’t get you as good of a price. On the other hand, an owner can sell a car for a higher price with full confidence.
Check out dealership deals
If you want to ditch your old car and get something new from a dealership, you can try trading it with your dealer. While this won’t get you the most money upfront, it brings other valuable benefits. For instance, you can save money on taxes on the value of your car and you might even be eligible for certain additional incentives from the manufacturer.
Detail your car
If you have a car in good condition and you want to sell it privately, a good deep clean will allow you to snatch more money for your car. It’s amazing just how much dirt you can accumulate in your vehicle over time, so make sure to remove all of that before you invite any interested buyers to come and check out your car. And it’s not only about the junk and the dirt. Over time, your seats wear out, your steering wheel gets grimy, your console lights start to dim and your 12V socket starts to lose connection. Write down all the issues and get them fixed so your car is in mint condition.
Get a removalist involved
You don’t have to trade in your old car at the same place where you’re planning to get a new vehicle. As a matter of fact, that’s not always the best idea. If you want to get top cash for your car, truck, SUV or caravan, you can do what Australians do and call car removalist agencies. You can find reliable car removal and get your car removed while getting paid. Not only will they come to get your old vehicle for free, but you also receive money for the sale of your old car. This is the least demanding way to get a good price for a vehicle on your part since you don’t have to lift a finger!
Dig out all the documentation
You don’t want to seem shady when selling, so make sure to show your buyers all the documentation concerning ownership, repairs, and issues (keep these documents separate from business documents you have at home). When you know all about your car and have clear paperwork to show, you will always have the upper hand in the negotiations. A more detailed car service history will show that your car has been maintained regularly and your buyer will be willing to spend more money.
Take some good photos
When selling your car independently online, you need plenty of good and detailed car photos. When taking pictures, think like a buyer and snap everything that you would like to see on a car. Find a nice area where you can show off your clean car (pick an overcast day or take some early evening photos so you don’t have to mess around with glare). Do as many angles as you can of your exterior and interior, and don’t forget to take a few close-ups of certain details you think a buyer would be interested to see.
Write an honest and detailed sale post
Since no one knows your car better than you, you should write your sale post yourself. Share every detail that makes your car great and why should someone decide to buy it. No matter if it’s comfort, low fuel consumption, performance, or reliability, include these traits in your ad. Make sure to include all particular features only a car owner would notice. Of course, make sure to include all general information like the make, model, year, odometer numbers, service history, price, and contact information. Being upfront with any issues that your car has will also do you good—hiding things will only serve as a disadvantage when you come across financially-savvy buyers.
Selling a car is no easy task, especially if you want to get some good money for it. However, if you keep these tips in mind, you’ll achieve a good price no matter the condition of your vehicle.