Hello, my name is Walter. Over the past few months, I have been working on my car. I never used to think much about my car. I would just jump into it and hit the road. Things were fine at first, but soon I realised that things were starting to go wrong. Strange white smoke started to appear from the exhaust. Sometimes when I changed gear, I could hear a strange noise. Foolishly, I ignored all of this until my car broke down. When I got to the auto repair shop the mechanic repaired my car and then gave it a full service. As he did so, I began my auto servicing education.
If you're planning to sell your car so you can buy an upgraded model or you need the money for another investment, then you're probably hoping that you can sell it quickly. These days, achieving this isn't as simple as it might seem and you'll need to ensure that you take the right steps to get a quick sale. Here are the three most important things you can do to maximise your chances.
1. Get a roadworthy certificate
By law, a car needs to have passed a safety inspection and have a valid roadworthy certificate to be sold in Australia. Without one, a sale is illegal and the registration won't be able to be transferred to the new owner. You can book a roadworthy inspection with most auto mechanics and some mechanics will also provide a mobile service that comes to the location of your choice.
Many people are tempted to hold off on getting a roadworthy certificate until they have an interested buyer. This is a big mistake if you're hoping to sell it quickly. Many buyers won't even consider looking at a car that doesn't have a current roadworthy certificate. Those that do choose to look might find another car to buy while they're waiting for you to get the roadworthy done.
2. Price the car realistically
Even if you think your car is worth a certain amount, if it's a figure that's above the market rate for the make, model and condition then you won't be selling it in a hurry. This is even more important when your car is a popular model and there are many other listings for similar vehicles in your area.
Use a service like Redbook to get an accurate selling price for your car. You can search by make, model, year of manufacture, condition and extra features to make sure that your pricing is competitive and attractive to buyers.
3. Use a car sales website
Gone are the days when selling your car simply involved putting a for sale sign up in the rear window. In most states, it's illegal to advertise your car this way and you could be fined for attempting it. Newspaper advertisements are also fairly ineffective in the age of technology and provide a very limited potential buyer base.
Instead, list your car on one of the many car sales websites that are online. You can increase your chances of a sale by listing it on multiple websites. There is generally a small charge involved but it's a worthwhile expense to increase the number of potential buyers you reach.Share