Guidelines on Selling Your Car

Published: April 6, 2017 | Updated: December 10, 2019 | Posted by: Moneymax | Car Insurance

There are a lot of ways on selling your car. You can sell it to traders, or advertise them directly to the public through your websites and social media. Along the process, make sure that you get the right person with minimum effort and hassle on your part. Read along:

Evaluate your car’s resale value.

Evaluate your car
Offering the wrong resale value of your car can either lose you money because of a lowball or overthrow potential buyers with a steep price.
To avoid this, here are some ways you can research on a selling price that can convince your potential buyer to get your car.

  • Research at car selling websites such as Carmudi, AutoDeal, and so you can gauge how much you should sell your car for.
  • Join forums online such as,, and so you can get feedback of actual car buyers for free and get a sense of how much your car should sell.
  • Ask family members or friends how much they are willing to pay the car you are selling. This can be a big help on gauging what rice you should sell your car insurance.

Establish a realistic asking price.

Establishing a car selling price not only involves the upfront fee but also take into consideration when the buyer will ask for discounts.
An ideal rate to put on top of your target re-sale price is 10% – 15%. It would be a mistake to put your target price as the published price of the car. This will make your buyer think that you are not giving him a good deal since he didn’t get a discount.

Choose the channels where you will sell your car.

Sell your car
Some of the channels where you can sell your car are:

  • Car listing website  –,,,, and
  • Social Media Assets – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Third-Party Offline Car Resellers such as CarMax

Some of these will let you have an easier time in selling your car. Especially now when even car insurance can be bought online, you can now easily make money from selling your car.

Make a detailed description of your car in your advertisement.

Detailed description of the car you’re selling
Putting a detailed description of the car you’re selling can decrease back-and-forth and make the car selling process more efficient. This will also set the expectation of the buyer instead of them thinking that the car is in better shape than it actually is.
What your car advertisement should include high-res photos that show the real condition of the car.
There is no point to show the car is more okay than it actually is. The most important parts of the car that you need to photograph are:

  • The exterior – Wheels, Both sides, Trunk, Rear
  • The interior – Engine, Dashboard, Carpets, Front and Back Seats
  • Include the following details at the car advertisement:
  • Legalities: Year and Month of Manufacturing or Registration, City of Registration
  • Car-related: Number of owners, Insurance type (comprehensive or third party), Kilometers covered, Car Service history, Reason for selling

Don’t go to buyer meet-ups unprepared.

It will be a turn-off for a buyer to meet a car seller that is not prepared. This can also result to unpleasant outcomes so better think your meet-up through before doing it.
Here are some tips to get the best experience from your next buyer meet-up.

  • Go at a public place. Aside from the buyer taking their safety measures to make sure that you are a legitimate seller, it is also true for you. Save yourself from scammers by meeting up in a public place during the morning or afternoon so you can avoid any bogus buyers. suggested that meet-ups should happen in fast food parking lots since there are a lot of back-and-forth of vehicles there.
  • Do not leave your vehicle and keys unattended with the potential buyer. This can lead to car theft if you are not careful with your car and trust the car buyer immediately.
  • You will encounter potential buyers that are either clueless about buying cars or well-versed about them. Know car jargon so you will sound like a credible car seller to them.

Be clear on payment terms with your buyer.

Get things straight on payment terms so both your expectations are set upon selling the car.
A full payment will be made for the second-hand car in order to avoid scammers from taking your car without full payment.
Do not give the car to your buyer before a check payment is not cleared since it can still bounce after you have given the car to your buyer.
Selling a car surely comes with different levels of stress, concerns, and effort, but following this guide could give you much less of the negative. Good luck!
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