How to sell your car during the COVID-19 crisis

As many Queenslanders considered selling their car due to financial impacts of coronavirus, RACQ has advised the best ways to prepare for sale.

As many Queenslanders considered selling their car due to financial impacts of coronavirus, RACQ has advised the best ways to prepare for sale.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said selling a car could be a daunting task and there were a few things owners should consider.

“The first thing you need to do before advertising a registered car for sale is get a Safety Certificate, as significant fines apply for failing to do so,” Mr Spalding said.

“Get an idea of your vehicle’s selling price by researching prices for similar models in your area.

“You may also want to consider arranging an independent pre-inspection by RACQ. This is a comprehensive report on the overall condition of the car and can give potential buyers a boost of confidence.” 

Mr Spalding also urged sellers to protect their safety, and the safety of potential buyers during the selling process.

“Be sure to disinfect the car before and in-between potential buyers looking at and test driving your car,” he said.

“Don’t shake hands, put items like keys and documents down in a central area to avoid transferring anything hand to hand, and if you’re feeling unwell, consider deferring the sale or if unavoidable get a friend or family member to meet the buyer instead.

“Remember to always be on your guard for scams and make adequate checks along the way that the buyer is genuine, and money is exchanged securely before releasing the vehicle.”