The days of putting “For Sale” signs in your car window and hoping someone knocks on your front door are gone. It used to be so difficult to sell a car in that way, but now you can do it online in a multitude of ways. Some websites will buy your car instantly, offering a quote and arranging a pickup date.

Or, you can trade in your old car to get money off a new one! Either of these two ideas will help you sell a car fast – but what if you want to get the most amount of money from it? In this case, your best bet is to advertise your car online via one of many car-selling websites. We won’t recommend a specific one here, though most of them are fairly decent. You could also advertise the car on platforms like Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree.

The first step in selling your car online is choosing where to sell it – the next four steps are crucial in helping you get as much money as possible:

Provide Honest Information

Never lie about your car when selling it online. As tempting as it is to leave off a few pieces of information, buyers can always find out if you’re lying. Apps like carVertical let people look up cars based on their registration or VIN to access their full history. This tells them about things like mileage resets, any time the car was damaged, how many owners the car has had, etc.

Lying about your vehicle will mean someone can use this against you in a negotiation. It’s the easiest way for them to forcibly lower your asking price as they know they’ve caught you out. Always be honest and provide as much information about the car as possible. This puts you in a better position to barter and secure a higher sale price.

Get The Car Serviced Before Selling

It’s always worth getting your car serviced before selling it. You’ll know what state the vehicle is in and this helps you provide honest information for prospective buyers. If minor problems are identified during the service, you can note these on your listing and give any leads more details.

Alternatively, you could look at how expensive any small car fixes are and consider doing them yourself. This might work out better as you can sell the car for a higher price even after taking the cost of labor into account. Regardless, a buyer is always likely to pay more money when a car has recently been serviced as it makes the vehicle (and the seller) appear more trustworthy.

Ensure The Car Is Valeted & Clean

Selling a rundown or dirty car is a surefire way to get no money for it. People won’t be interested in your vehicle as the pictures make it look horrible and dirty. If anything, you’ll only attract buyers looking for project cars. A “project car” is a car someone hopes to buy and improve. They usually look for rundown vehicles with room for improvement, so the whole aim is to get the car for as cheap as possible.

Do you want these types of buyers looking at your car? Of course not! Get the car valeted and cleaned so it looks brand-new again. This makes the photos and videos on your listing page more impressive. Your car looks in excellent condition, so it can command a higher price.

Offer To Deliver The Car

One of the only drawbacks of buying a car online is trying to physically get it. Most buyers end up driving to the seller and driving back. It’s a long trip – but you can make their life easier if you offer to deliver the car. Here’s the kicker; you’re not doing this journey yourself. Instead, you pay for a long distance towing service to handle it. Your car gets put on the back of a trailer and towed to the buyer’s house.

This helps you sell your car for more money because you’re adding convenience to the package. The buyer doesn’t have to do anything to get their car – so they’re willing to pay more money. This covers the cost of the delivery service and then some. It’s amazing how people are so willing to go over budget for the sake of convenience!

If you want to sell your car quickly, we recommend trade-in deals or websites that offer cash instantly. However, if you want to sell your car for the most about of money imaginable, you need to follow the four tips above.

Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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