How to Sell Your Used Car Like a Pro

17 December 2020

How to Sell Your Used Car Like a Pro

It’s easy to sell a car, right? Just write up an advert, take a few pictures, upload them onto an online auction site or car sales platform, and you’re done! Well, no, not quite. If you want to sell your car like a pro and get the most money for it, there’s a bit more to the process than that.

A little bit of research, some hot soapy water and a vacuum cleaner, and a quick check on the finances can make all the difference to getting a sale or being stuck with your old car for longer than you thought.

Alternatively, you can bypass all the hassle and sell straight to a dealership like Automall. Here are a few tips on how to sell your car like a pro.

How much is your car worth?

Before you even think about putting your car up for sale, you need to know exactly how much it’s worth. To do that, you can research online, or you can use a quick and easy service such as Automall’s online free valuation service. Simply type in the make, model, and year of your car, give a few details about its general condition and service history, and you’ll get an instant and accurate valuation based on the current market price of a like-for-like car.

Know the market – what’s hot right now?

Just like the fashion industry, car preferences go in cycles. Right now, SUVs and crossovers are super-hot, especially for young families who want a car that’s big enough for the school run and still has enough room for some weekend luggage for those camping adventures. If you’re selling a recent model crossover then you’re in the ‘sweet spot’ for demand and you should be able to sell your car quite quickly.

Selling to a dealership

The easiest way to sell your car is to go through a dealership. Automall is always on the lookout for pre-owned cars to keep their showrooms full, and offer a full market value deal in just 30 minutes. That means the funds are in your account in under an hour, making it the fastest, easiest and most hassle-free way of selling your car. Forget the myth that you’ll get less for your car if you sell to a dealer too – the Automall promise ensures you get the correct market value for your vehicle. What’s even better is that it can all be done online from the comfort of your couch.

The pros and cons of selling privately

While you might be able to get an above-market price for your car if you sell it privately, it can be a struggle and could take weeks or even months. And unless you’re selling something that’s very rare, you’ll be up against dozens of other sellers all with similar vehicles. Private sales platforms are a buyer’s market, which means they set the prices and can shop around, so your vehicle may not sell for weeks. That’s fine if you’re happy to wait, but if you need to sell quickly it’s better to talk to a dealer.

If you do go down the private advert route then beware of ‘tyre kickers’ too – those timewasters who book an appointment to see your car with no intention of buying, or even turning up!

Valet your car inside and out

If you want your car to sell quickly, make sure it’s in the best possible condition inside and out. Break out the washing up liquid and vacuum or get it professionally valeted before you take those pictures.