How to Sell a Used Car in Perth

How to Sell a Used Car in Perth

When the time comes to sell your used car in Perth, the process can be daunting. Closing the sale will generally require some form of advertising, and you will need to do some research to understand the value of your car. If it is time for an upgrade there are several ways you can go about it.

Before You Get Started

When it comes to selling your car, it is important to ask yourself the following questions to determine the the right strategy:

  • What type of condition is your car in?
  • What is a reasonable value?
  • Is it unregistered and needing removal?
  • How much time and effort are you willing to invest in the sale?
  • Are you wanting to trade it for a different vehicle?
  • Do you just want a quick sale?

Reasonable Value

Remember to be realistic in your expectations. Your car may be a family heirloom or you might have paid a small fortune for it in the past, but it may be only worth a fraction of the cost now.

Check the online classified ads to see what other vehicles similar to yours are currently selling for. Alternatively, you can have the vehicle assessed by a dealer to give you an estimate.

The Condition of Your Car

If your vehicle is still drivable and roadworthy you have a good chance of selling it as is. If it is old, damaged and unroadworthy you might consider other options such as sale for wrecking.

A few small repairs using quality second hand parts could be enough to increase the final sale price. When your car has a dirty interior, shabby mats and smeared windows it will decrease the value. Take the time to clean it up with a polish and odour remover before a buyer comes calling.

Options For Selling Your Used Car in Perth

Private Sales

If your car is still running and is just suffering from age or high kms, you will probably find a private sale appealing as you can ask a reasonable price and hope for the best. Often a young P plater will be on the lookout for a cheap second hand car that can be used as a run about. If your second hand car has had only one owner and it has been serviced regularly this may be a selling point if the price is right.  Be careful to do your research on current market value so you can be comfortable negotiating your best asking price.

In WA it is the buyers responsibility to check the car, as selling privately does not require a certificate of roadworthiness. The seller is required to complete the transfer paperwork and send it to the Department of Transport. Be sure to have the ownership papers, Notice of Transfer of Licence form, and the car’s service book if you have one.

At the Dealer

If you think a private sale is too time consuming or a trade in is an option, selling to a dealer can be a quick and simple process. Be aware as you might find the sale price is less than if you sold the vehicle privately. Trade ins will usually mean some bargaining with the dealer.

Selling by Auction

Selling at an auction gives you the opportunity to sell unregistered vehicles, but you need to transport them to the auction centre. Auctions give you a chance to achieve your reserve price, but if not you can choose to sell at a lower price. Auction houses will usually upload images of your vehicle for exposure online.

Auto Wreckers

Dependent on the condition of your vehicle, you may find it has more value when sold for parts.

Legitimate licenced used auto traders and wreckers can either resell, wreck or recycle vehicles regardless of age and condition and give you a fair cash price.

At Advanced Auto Wreckers we service the Perth region. We buy and sell parts for a range of Holden and Ford vehicles, please contact us today for more information.

How to Sell a Used Car in Perth