If you are looking to sell your car, whether it is because you are buying a new one or you just need to raise cash, you want to do everything you can to ensure you get the best possible price.

Here are a few steps for selling your car for a top price:

1) Make sure your car is in top condition

One of the best ways to get the best possible price out of your car is to ensure it is in top shape.

People buying a car aren’t willing to pay top price for one that’s dirty, has lots of dings and scratches, old tyres and things that don’t work.

At the very least, you should clean your car thoroughly both inside and out. If it has other issues, you will need to weigh the investment you would need to make to correct them vs how much they will reduce the price you can get.

2) Do your research

Just as you need to shop around when you are buying a car to get the best price, you also should do a car search when selling.

Researching the market will give you a good idea of what you can ask for your vehicles. Look for similar vehicles in similar conditions for sale in your area.

That will help show you the price you can ask while still being competitive. You also should research what your car is worth using a service such as Red Book.

3) Promote it effectively

To get the best price when selling a car, you need to make sure you create as big a market as possible.

Don’t just take out a classified ad or tell your friends, use as many tools as possible.

That can include online classifieds, social media and word of mouth. Put a sign on your car while you are driving it advertising it for sale. The more people who see the car and are aware it’s for sale, the more likely you are to get top price for it.

4) Shop around

If you want to get top dollar for your car, you need to shop around for the best buyer. In addition to trying to sell your car on your own, you should visit at least one car dealer as well as auto auction businesses.

If a car is in demand, those places may be willing to pay more for the car than they normally would at other times. If you are buying a new car, you should look into any trade-in specials that area dealers are having.

Have you sold your car recently? Do you have any tips to share? Please share in the comments below.

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  • sometimes you have to spend money to make money so fix up those little things if they need doing. New window motor to replace the currently broken one etc. A lot of people just want to hop in and drive away, not source parts and they have many other options to look at and will walk away if they are not completely satisfied with the car


  • If you are a p plater remove your p plates! Regardless of if you are a good driver most people will not want to buy a p platers car for fears they have trashed it.


  • The Dept. at which you register your car should be able to tell you the average market value on your model car. Different states give their Depts. different names. SA has had at least 4 names in the last 40 years.


  • I’m one of those people who never seems to have any luck selling items – hopefully these tips will help.


  • This is a great informative article. It will definitely come in handy. Thankyou.


  • Some great tips for something we all do at some stage.


  • Great advice. I have thought of selling my car to get a slightly larger one, but the jury is still out on that one.


  • Thank you for this we are in the middle off doing this now


  • sell car in best price


  • not always easy to sell a car


  • We had alot of trouble selling one of our cars but the last one went easily. Depends on the amrket I guess.


  • Oh, we’ve just bought a new car so getting the old one ready for sale. This article has come just in time!


  • Helpful tips thanks for sharing


  • the ways to sell


  • Lke it


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