STEP 1 - Setting the price

Pricing your car correctly can mean you get a quick sale, so it's worth taking the time to think the price through.

Compare your car with similar models for sale privately on
Consider your car's kilometers, age, condition and features for a more accurate price
Factor in room for the buyer to negotiate

STEP 2 - Writing the car advert

Ensure your advert reads well and sells your car's strong points, without exaggerating
Write clearly, avoiding jargon or complicated terms e.g. 'metallic red' rather than 'Fire Opal'
Include key features and desirable equipment such as leather seats or air-conditioning
Keep the advert as concise as possible

STEP 3 - Taking great photos

Good photos make it far more likely for you to have a successful sale quickly, and taking them needn't take a long time.

Clean your car inside and out
Make sure your pictures are sharp and in focus
Take pictures when the car is well-lit and dry
Clear space around the car so you can get the whole car in
Photograph important details such as alloy wheels and don't forget the interior

STEP 4 - Preparing your car for sale

A clean car looks like a cared-for car, so spending a morning making it sparkle could add extra to its value.

A good wash creates the best first impression
Cleaning the interior is essential and an air-freshener might help
Check – and top up – oil and water levels and make sure the tyres are correctly inflated
Gather all the paperwork and arrange it so buyers can examine it easily

STEP 5 - Dealing with buyers

Buyers will almost always want a test drive and to inspect your car thoroughly before handing over any money.

Never leave the buyer alone with the car keys and turn off the engine if you swap drivers
Give the buyer time to view the car and let them arrange further inspections if they want to

STEP 6 - Closing the deal

Buyers will want to negotiate your price down, and some will be eager to pay, but make sure you're satisfied the payment is genuine before you let them take the car.

Expect negotiation, buyers expect to get some money off so have your lowest price in mind and stick to it
Be sure you're happy with the method of payment; pay cash into your bank and ensure you can "draw funds" against cheque payments before you let the buyer take the car

STEP 5 - Doing the paperwork

Writing a receipt and filling in the paperwork can seem like an anticlimax after the excitement of negotiating a price, but it's no less important.

Write a receipt for you and the buyer
Hand over all relevent documents pertaining to the car including registration document, any warranty information, service history etc.

DISCLAIMER: This information is for advice and guidance purposes only. does not guarentee results.