Whichever method of sale you choose, you want to ensure prospective buyers form a good first impression of your car.
When preparing your car:
- Consider having it professionally detailed
- If you choose to clean it yourself, be conscious of the environment and don’t wash oil, grease and detergents into drains
- Have the car tuned and serviced so that it starts and runs smoothly
- Get a Safety Certificate before you advertise, as significant fines apply for advertising a registered vehicle without one
- Get a Gas Certificate if applicable
- Make sure everything works, within reason (e.g. air conditioning in older cars could be more expensive to fix than the value it will add to the sale price)
- Make the car look presentable but don’t over capitalise on cosmetic repairs, and
- Consider having it inspected by RACQ. An independent inspection report may help clinch the deal. However a prudent purchaser may still insist on making the sale subject to their obtaining, and being satisfied with, an independent inspection report on the vehicle.