Selling Your Car? Here’s How to Prepare
Selling your car can be a daunting experience but don’t worry ClickaCar is here to help!
So, it’s time to move on, and you’re looking to sell your car? That sounds simple enough, but it can turn into an anxiety filled rollercoaster with negations, non-stop calls, scrutinising, arguments, and even scams.
To help you through this process, ClickaCar has put together an easy guide on how to get your car “For Sale Ready”!
Get it Clean
One of the first things you should do when getting your car ready for the market is making sure it’s clean. This will show prospective buyers that the car is well cared for, so investing in a full valet will be worth it. Getting your car valeted will also make keeping it clean much easier when you have a viewing on short notice, a quick wash and a wipe down will have your car ready to impress
Get it Serviced
Try and get your car serviced and sort out any mechanical issues that you may have been putting off, and don’t forget to keep the receipts. If you have a service book, then make sure it is stamped and up to date. Proof of maintenance inspires confidence in buyers and gives added peace of mind.
Get the Rubber Right
If your tyres are looking for worse for wear, then the perfect time to replace them is when you’re about to put your car on the car market. Like having your car serviced, it helps to inspire confidence. While you are getting new tyres, don’t forget to have your alignment done and refurbish your wheels or add a set of new hub caps, its cheap and easy way to freshen things up.
Get it fixed
If your car has major damage to headlights, tail lamps, glass, interior plastics and other easily replaceable parts, then replace them. These are usually quite easy to fix and help with the “convenience factor” as the new owner feels they don’t need to do it. For smaller dings or dents, I wouldn’t suggest fixing them because it can be costly, and some dealers or buyers may even have good relationships with body shops who will offer them a better deal on these kinds of repairs. Rather get a quote from a body shop and negotiate it into the selling price.
Get a Roadworthy Certificate
If the car is in pretty good shape, then getting a Roadworthy Certificate (RWC) is a good idea. This will make change of ownership so much easier. The last thing you want to do is sell your car only to receive a traffic fine two years later because the new owner never transferred ownership.
Get the Paperwork in Order
Adding on to the point about the RWC, make sure all the car’s documentation in is order and fill out the necessary paperwork. There have been too many adverts, especially on Social Media, where cars are sold “without papers”. Don’t be that person and rather make sure that all the correct documentation is ready and can be signed by you and the new owner.
Get Proof of Payment
Once you’ve sold the car and all the paperwork is signed, DO NOT handover anything unless you have legitimate confirmation that funds have been transferred. There have been way too many stories where buyers have created fake bank Proof of Payment documents. Make sure the money is reflecting in your account before handing over the vehicle.
Get it Traded
We’ve saved the best advice for last, trade-in your car with a legitimate used car dealer like those within the ClickaCar network. Registered dealers offer a “one-stop-shop” when it comes to selling your car, and they will be able to take you through the administration and payment process with no hassle or fuss.
To make the process even easier, ClickaCar also offers an online trade-in tool on our website. All you need to do is fill in your vehicle details, and a dealer will contact you!
Now that you’re ready to sell your car, why not begin looking your next one by visiting the ClickaCar Virtual showroom?