How to sell your car quickly?

Information Centre
How to sell your car quickly?
Sell Salvaged Vehicle
Doug Whiffin
Doug Whiffin
National Automotive Buyer and Second-In-Command Manager
May 2, 2023
minute read

Helpful tips for selling your used car

Are you looking to get rid of your old car and upgrade to a new one? Selling used cars can be tricky, requiring some planning and diligence. Fortunately, we’re here to help! 

In this blog post, you’ll find helpful tips showing you how to sell your car quickly to have the money necessary for the new vehicle of your dreams. 

We’ll go over everything from setting a reasonable price for your car to comparing online sellers or selling privately. So buckle up – we're about making selling your used car easy!

Setting the right price

Selling a used car requires careful research and attention to detail. The goal is setting the right price to maximise profits without overpricing the car. 

To do so, evaluate your car’s condition, considering factors such as make and model, age, mileage, color, and special features. Then compare prices of similar cars on car sale websites online. Inspect advertised cars in person to get an idea of their features.

When setting your car's price, calculate its fair market value versus its maximum asking price. Advertise it competitively to ensure you maximise profits from its sale. 

Here are some things to consider when researching and setting the right price for your used car:

  • Evaluate the condition of your car and the factors that affect its value.
  • Compare prices of other similar cars online or in person.
  • Calculate fair market value vs maximum asking price.
  • Advertise at a competitive rate to maximise profits from the sale.
Row of pristine cars in a carpark.

Making your car presentable 

Making your car presentable for sale to get the best possible return. Begin by thoroughly cleaning it, inside and out, to ensure it looks just as good as new. Fix any minor damages, such as scratches or dents, while replacing broken parts. Test all its features, like lights, wipers, radio, AC/heater etc., to ensure everything is in working order. Ensure the tires are properly inflated and check for any wear and tear. 

Finally, polish all chrome surfaces for a sparkling shine and add interior air freshener for an inviting scent. By taking these steps, you’ll make your car look more attractive and appealing to potential buyers.

Here are some places that people tend to forget when cleaning their car for a sale:

  • Door jambs and handles
  • Carpet mats and seats
  • Windows, windshields, and mirrors
  • Trunk or cargo area
  • Dashboard and air vents
  • Spare tire compartment
  • Cup holders and compartments
Blonde woman taking phone pictures of her car on a sunny day.

Taking great car photos

A picture is worth a thousand words, so you’ll want to take clear photos of your car to post in your advertisement. And don’t forget, the more photos, the better!

Here are some tips for taking great car photos when selling your vehicle:

  • Take photos in a well-lit area.
  • Clean the exterior and interior for a neat look.
  • Pay attention to the angle and focus of your shots.
  • Frame all parts of the vehicle, from inside to outside.
  • Capture various angles, including aerials, close-ups, etc.
  • Utilise natural props around you to show off the beauty of the car.
  • Shoot multiple pictures of each angle.
  • Avoid any distracting backgrounds.

Writing your car’s description

It is essential to write a detailed and accurate description of your car when you’re putting it up for sale. Give potential buyers as much information as possible so that they know exactly what car they are buying. Also, remember to note any damage or repairs that need to be made. Finally, use catchy language throughout and be sure to highlight the unique aspects of your car!

Closeup of a car dealer's hands as he hands over the keys to a new car to his client.

What to include in your car description:

  • Make
  • Model
  • Colour
  • Year
  • Mileage
  • Features
  • Engine type
  • Service history
  • Repair needs
  • Any damage

Posting to a car-buying service online

Selling your car online is a great way to reach potential buyers quickly and get the best return. To make sure the process goes smoothly, here are some tips on how to choose a website when selling your vehicle:

1. Research the market

Look at recent sales of similar models and establish an accurate price range to draw interest from potential buyers.

2. Compare features

Different websites offer different features, such as payment options and messaging platforms – pick the one that suits your needs best.

3. Explore customer reviews

Look for customer reviews on classified websites to see what other people have experienced when selling their cars.

4. Check fees

Some websites charge fees for listing or transactions – make sure you know these before posting your car.

5. Think outside the box

Consider unconventional platforms like Facebook Marketplace or local forums – they may be more effective than traditional classified websites.

Car dealer and his client shaking hands in a dealership.

Reaching out to a dealership

Reaching out to a car dealer or auction house is an effective way to sell your car quickly. Dealerships are often connected to hundreds of potential buyers to create more opportunities for you. Additionally, they may offer special incentives such as cashback promotions that could help increase the value of your vehicle. 

Finally, working with a dealership can also provide convenience and security when dealing with paperwork or payment. Overall, reaching out to a dealership is an excellent option to save time and get the best return on your car compared to a private sale.

Related articles

Piles of old cars in a scrap yard, waiting to be recycled.
Sell Salvaged Vehicle
Doug Whiffin
May 30, 2024

What parts of a car can be recycled for money?

Your unwanted car could be a gold mine. We’ll teach you what parts can be sold to recyclers and how to get the most money for them.

Read about it
Selling an unregistered car in the ACT
Sell Salvaged Vehicle
Doug Whiffin
May 22, 2024

Selling an unregistered car in the ACT

Explore your options for legally selling an unregistered car in the ACT, including necessary permits, safe transportation methods and selling preparation.

Read about it
Stranded on the side of the road, a man stares at the smoke billowing out of his car’s engine.
Sell Salvaged Vehicle
Doug Whiffin
April 26, 2024

How do I know if my car is burning oil?

Burning oil can severely damage your engine. We’ll teach you how to spot the signs, get the issue fixed and hopefully avoid costly repairs. Read on.

Read about it

Get in touch for friendly advice

Whether you want to buy or sell salvage vehicles, we are here to help. Get in touch and we will get back to you soon with the information you need.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.