Guide to Selling Your Car

Guide to Selling Your Car

For many people, the thought of selling their vehicle can be a daunting prospect. Should you take the easy way out and trade it in, or should you try to get a better price by selling it privately? Whichever way you choose, this section will help you to maximise the amount of money you can get for your car, with tips on how to decide the best time to sell it, preparing it for sale and setting the optimum price. If you do decide to sell your vehicle privately, there's also some great advice on how to deal with potential buyers and the safest way to receive payment.

Whether you're selling your car because you're trading up to a newer one, downsizing to a cheaper one, or getting rid of it altogether and buying a bicycle, this section will hep you to sell your car quickly, safely and perhaps most importantly, profitably.

Deciding When to Sell
Choosing the right time of year to sell your car can affect how quickly your car can sell.
Deciding Where to Sell
If you can't decide between trading your car in and selling it privately, check out your options here.
Preparing the Car
Making sure that your car is clean and sparkling both inside and out can increase its value dramatically.
Setting the Price
Find out exactly how much your car is worth on the used-car market.
How to Advertise Your Car
A look at what you should include and what you should avoid when writing a classified ad to sell your car.
Dealing with Private Buyers
Learn how to arrange viewings, take your buyers out on a test drive and successfully negotiate a price.
Receiving Payment
Some tips and advice to make sure that the money you receive for your car is genuine.
Completing the Paperwork
Letting the DVLA know about the sale of your car.
Selling Your Car for Scrap
Learn what you'll need do if you want to scrap your car; either by selling it to an authorised treatment facility or by breaking it up yourself.