What should I know before selling my car?

You've decided to list your car for sale on carsales but what should you do before creating your ad and attracting a buyer? Here are a few tips to help you prepare your car for sale and give you the best chance of selling quickly and at the best price. 


Make sure your car is up to date with servicing and consider doing some low cost repairs 

Small improvements like touching up scratches, dents or fixing any broken parts aren't time consuming and could boost the appearance and asking price of your car dramatically. 


Check if you need a roadworthy certificate 

In some states and territories, you will be required to provide a roadworthy certificate before selling your car. It’s a good idea to check with your local road authority to ensure you have all the necessary documentation to make for a smooth sale. Find out more on roadworthy certificates here. 


Give your car a good clean 

As simple as it sounds, giving your car a good clean inside and out can make a really big difference to the success of selling it. Presentation is everything so ensure you also remove any personal items from your car and consider spending a bit of extra money on a professional detail clean. Find out more on car cleaning tips here. 


Don’t forget about your car’s engine bay 

Prospective buyers will often lift the bonnet of your car and inspect the engine bay. Make sure your engine oil is at the right level and has been changed recently. Also remove anything that may be trapped around your engine or under the windscreen like leaves or bugs. 


Contact your finance provider 

If your car is currently under finance, you should contact your finance provider to arrange for it to be paid out upon sale. Find out more on selling a car with finance remaining here. 


Take some quality images of your car for the ad 

A picture paints a thousand words, and also helps you sell your car faster. That's why on carsales, you are able to upload as many photos to your ad as you wish. So selecting the best images to show off your car is pivotal in wowing potential buyers. Find out more on how to choose the right photos for your ad here. 


Create your ad on carsales 

Now that you’ve prepared your car for sale and have taken some great photos, it’s now time to create your ad on carsales. There are several ad packages available to help find your car a new home. It’s easy to get started. Find out more on how to create an ad here. 


Place your carsales For Sale sticker on your car 

A carsales For Sale sticker is an easy and effective way of advertising your car while on the roads. Your sticker is best placed on the lower left-hand side of your back window, that way it does not obstruct your view and gives it maximum exposure. Find out more on how to order and use the For Sale sticker here. 

Monitor your ad’s performance 

Once your ad has been approved and is up on carsales, you will receive weekly ad performance emails to keep you across how your ad is going. If your ad is not attracting as many views as you’d like or hasn’t received many enquiries, there are some helpful tips to improve the performance. Also consider adding a vehicle history report to your ad. Displaying one alongside your ad can give buyers added confidence in your vehicles status. Find out more information about vehicle history reports here. 


Know how to manage enquiries 

Once your ad is live on carsales, you’ll start to receive enquiries from potential buyers. To avoid being caught off guard, it’s a good idea to have a list prepared about your car’s history. Include details such as your car’s odometer reading, service record, number of previous owners, colour and extra features and make a note of any minor damages to report. Find out more about using the carsales member message function here. 



Related articles: 

Safety tips for sellers 
carsales Instant Offer FAQs 

Any information on this page is provided as a guide only. It is not professional or expert advice and is not a substitute for such advice. The content may not be appropriate, correct or sufficient for your circumstances and should not be relied on as the only reason you do or don’t do anything.
Was this article helpful?

We're sorry to hear that.

Please tell us why.

Have more questions? Submit a request