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How To Sell A Car Independently

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When it comes to the stage where you are attempting to buy or even sell your first car, you can go two ways about it.

You can either do so with a dealer, meaning you sell immediately but at a lower price. Or you can sell independently, which is a great way to get the best value for your car. If the latter is your preferred method to sell your car, you may want to consider some of the following factors.

Selling Online

Selling online is definitely the most popular form of independent car selling these days. To attract the most attention, you must have an online advertisement. The option to sell online is beneficial in a number of ways, such as:

  • Wider audience
  • Easy contact
  • Detail description
  • Certain websites offer secure payments
  • Queries from buyers

When advertising online, it’s important to make your advertisement as appealing as possible. This includes having a great series of photographs. You want to be able to show off all of your car’s best qualities, so the more photos, the better. You also want to include as much description as possible in the advert. This will answer a lot of the potential questions your buyers have and encourage them to make more enthusiastic communication with you regarding buying.

Meeting And Safety

Meeting a potential buyer can run some risks. This means there are some cautions you should take when organizing a meet-up with a potential buyer. For example, you might want to ask a friend or family member present and check the buyer’s identity (checking for a valid driver’s license).

If the buyer asks to go for a test drive, you should accompany them. It would be far too trusting to presume the supposed buyer won’t drive away with your vehicle. So, if they want to go on a test drive, you shouldn’t hand over the keys until you are sitting in the passenger seat.

If the buyer lives in an area that is a great distance from you, car shipping may be considered. The likes of Guardian Auto Transport offer car shipping services which can resolve these issues.


You should not hand over the keys or paperwork to your car until you receive full payment for it. There are a number of different ways a buyer can pay, and you should do various checks for the different methods. If the buyer pays fully in cash, you should count all of the money and not give them the benefit of the doubt.

It could be a good idea to meet the buyer at the bank, where the cashier can check the note’s authenticity. If they choose to make the payment via bank transfer, ensuring all of the money has entered your account before handing over the car. Doing these checks should prevent you from being the victim of any sort of scam or theft.

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