How to successfully sell your car

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Thinking of selling your car for an upgrade? There’s nothing quite like that new car feeling with the smell of fresh leather, a brand-new driving experience and better interior equipment. But first, you’ll need to complete the arduous task of selling your old car to raise money for your new ride.

Fortunately, there truly isn’t a better time to do it than now. The used car market is booming following the pandemic with prices rising by 69% last year, so if you’re thinking of selling your car, start the process now.

To ensure your used car sale is successful, there is a range of things you’ll need to do. To help, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to make sure your sale is completed efficiently and you get the most money for it. Read on to find out more.

Prepare the car for sale

Before you can even consider putting your car up for sale, you’ll have to get it looking and functioning at its best. Begin by booking your car in for a service and MOT. This will allow trained mechanics to take a look at your car and ensure it’s in perfect working condition for the new owner.

Once your car has passed the MOT and servicing, it’s time to get the car looking shiny and as good as new. Take it to get it professionally cleaned and valeted to get it ready to advertise.


Time to attract some interest. The easiest way to sell your car is to put it on websites such as Autotrader as thousands of car buyers will browse this site to find their new car.

However, whilst digital advertising is useful, why not think outside of the box and hand leaflets out promoting your car. One of the people that get a leaflet might be the perfect buyer for your old car, so you can speed up the selling process.

Watch out for fraudulent buyers

Once you start attracting some attention to your car, you’ll need to make sure all of your buyers are serious. This means looking out for fraudulent buyers and here’s how you can spot them:

  • People who try to buy before seeing the car
  • People trying to buy from overseas
  • People that claim they’ve overpaid you and ask for a refund

Follow these tips and you’re sure to get a great deal when you sell your car. Already got a car in mind? Consider part-exchanging your car with the car dealership. This could mean that you get more for your car and it will be hassle-free. Simply drive your car there and drive away with your new one.