A Short Guide to Selling Your Car Online

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A Short Guide to Selling Your Car Online

What you need to know:

  • Evaluate your vehicle, (Mileage, Condition & features).
  • Ensure that you notify your bank, that you will be selling your vehicle, as the relevant paper work would be required if you are still financing the car
  • A dealership should assist you with determining a selling price for your vehicle, but bear in mind; it would be in your best interest to compare the pricing of your vehicle against other cars in similar condition.

Requirements for selling your vehicle online:

  • Take photos of unique aspects of your vehicle.
  • Ensure that you include images of the interior and exterior of your vehicle.  
  • Images indicating any damage to the car should be clear.
  • Add your contact details to the classified listing page.
  • State the condition of your vehicle, i.e. new or used.
  • Mention your preferred method of payment.
  • Keep the advertisement simple and to the point.
  • Do not falsify any details concerning your vehicle as this will deter buyers.
Tip: If you need to make an urgent sale consider auctioning your car off to the highest bidder, a process which is very easy and effective on bidorbuy.

Have the vehicle checked and repair any small problems the vehicle has:

  • Ensure that your vehicles tyres are not badly worn out.
  • Replace old window wipers.
  • Make sure the brakes, and the exhaust of your vehicle, is in good working order.
  • Patch up small scratches and dings with polish.
  • Fix chips, if any, on the windscreen.

Preparing your vehicle:

  • Valet your vehicle and ensure that it is in pristine condition.
  • Make sure that everything works in your vehicle.
  • Check your lights, indicators, etc...
  • Spend some money, and replace the bulbs that aren’t working.
  • Ensure no warning signs show on your dashboard.
  • Gather all documents and history of your vehicle.

Finalising the sale:

  • Certify the change of ownership by visiting your traffic department and handing over all documentation to the new owner.
  • If the car is still under finance, ensure you notify the bank that there has been a change of ownership so that you are no longer liable for the repayments.
  • Do not use other parties to complete and negotiate payment. Be involved through the entire process.
  • Ensure you have copies of all the documentation covering the sale.
  • Make sure payment reflects in your account.


What to look out for:

  • Meet in a safe area.
  • Make sure the buyer is insured to drive a car.
  • Check to see if the buyer has a driver’s license.


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