Selling Your Car
Selling your car can be a daunting process so we have created this handy guide to bring you through the process. When thinking about selling your car, you first need to figure out what you car is worth and where you are going to advertise it.
Deciding to Sell
What is my car worth? Use classified websites to work out what value you can get. If trading-in to a dealership, expect the trade-in price to be 15-25% below the sale price.
Where can I advertise it? You can advertise your car in a number of places, including classifieds sites like DoneDeal & Adverts, social media & in some print publications. Choosing the right place to sell will impact the speed & value of your sale.
Private sale or dealer sale - You can sell directly to private sellers via classifieds site or, if you are buying a new or used car from a dealership, you may be able to trade your existing car in against your new purchase. A new way to sell is directly to a trusted dealer via DoneDeal's Instant Offer feature. You can find out more about Instant Offer here.
Prepping for Sale
Before you advertise your car, there are a number of steps you need to take to maximise your sale price and help you sell faster.
Gather all documents relating to the vehicle.
Log book - The documentation certifying ownership of a vehicle will be in the form of a Vehicle Registration Certificate (VRC) or Vehicle Licensing Certificate (VLC). These documents are also commonly known as the "Logbook". Which document your vehicle will have depends on when the last change of ownership was completed or the age of the vehicle. The Vehicle Registration Certificate (VRC) is the newer document and the Vehicle Licensing Certificate (VLC) is the older form of this ownership document.
Preparing Your Car
Clean outside of car
Clean inside of car
Invest in professional valet
Wipe under bonnet with damp cloth
Replace any blown bulbs
Replace floor mats if worn
Empty storage areas (glove box, boot, under seats)
Preparing Your Ad
Now that your car is ready to be photographed, you can starting creating your ad. Follow our guide below to help you through the process.
Ensure you have a number of photos showing all angles of the car so the buyer can make an informed decision on whether to contact you. We would recommend the following images:
Front quarter left
Front quarter right
Back quarter left
Back quarter right
Wheel / Alloys
Internal full dash
Internal from centre
Passenger looking at driver dash
View in from open front door
View in from open back door
Mistakes - Some tips to avoid common mistakes when taking photos which may make your ad appear unprofessional or untrustworthy
Multiple cars in photos
Zooming in too far - give a full view of the car
Bad quality / bad light
Not cleaning the car
Take photos in landscape not portrait
You can enhance your ad by including a video of your car, both the inside and outside. Some rules to follow when creating your video:
Do a full 360 tour of the outside of the car
Show the inside - start at the driver's door and show the passenger side & back seat
Open the boot and show the storage and spare wheel
Compress the file before uploading
Information to Include in Your Ad
Include as much information as possible in your ad and answer as many potential questions that buyers could have so you only get really keen buyers contacting you.
Essential to include:
Number of owners
Features / specifications
Contact information - ensure you include your preferred contact method & time so you can manage buyer expectations and replies
Greenlight your vehicle by inputting the Vehicle Licence Certificate (VLC) number from your vehicle logbook. This will help you to sell your car. For a quick and hassle free car sale, make sure your care has the Greenlight tick. Greenlight, our trust initiative, means as a seller you can opt to provide your logbook reference number to us when listing your ad. This means we can put a green tick next to your ad, indicating that we have checked your Vehicle License Certificate against the car registration number to verify your ad. Potential buyers have a greater sense of trust in verified ads which results in more enquiries for the vehicle you are selling. Find out more here
Now that you have completed the steps above, you're ready to sell your car, best of luck!