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5 Tips for Selling a Car Privately

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5 Tips for Selling a Car Privately

Selling your car privately cuts out the middle man – but how do you know if you are getting the best deal for your vehicle?

It can be a tricky business, but there are a series of steps to take that will maximise your car’s value and ensure your deal goes smoothly and without delay, which is better for all parties concerned.

Follow these five tips and get the deal you want for your car…

Tip 1: Detail your car before inspection

You will always get more for a car that has been detailed and made to look the part; a small investment in cleaning, waxing, and polishing, as well as attending to any small problems, can make hundreds of dollars difference to the price you will be offered.

Tip 2: Put a price on it

It helps to know the upper and lower limits of what you will accept for your vehicle. Research and evaluate the car yourself before putting it on the market; consider the make, model, year and overall condition of your car and get a few online estimates. These may not be wholly accurate, because they do not take into account the real condition of your car, but use them as a guide and this will ensure your expectations are set correctly.

Tip 3: Get the paperwork together

Deals can get held up because of missing paperwork. Make sure you have your registration documents and a copy of your drivers’ licence at hand and then there will be no delays.

Tip 4: Watch out for scams

Selling a car can leave you open to scams. Never let anyone test drive your vehicle unaccompanied; also make sure that the payment process does actually get you paid: receive cash or bank draft before you hand over the keys as there have been examples where cheques and e-payment methods like PayPal have backfired.

Tip 5: Find a car sales specialist

There are many places you can use to sell your car privately in Brisbane. But online services such as eBay and Gumtree tend to take time, as does writing ads for car sales magazines and hanging a ‘For Sale’ sign on your car. The quickest way to get the cash deal you want is through an established and reputable company like Cars Brisbane. We will inspect your car at your premises and pay the best price in cash on the spot for almost any vehicle.

Put a little time in yourself and then use Car Brisbane to help you get the deal you are after for your car.