Always consider a private sale!

When you want to sell your car means that you have come to a point when you need a newer car or a different model. Usually, people just go straight to a new car dealer and trade their old car for a new one. But always consider selling it privately. Trading your car at a dealership should be the last thing in your mind, unless you are in a hurry to get rid of the vehicle and don’t mind only getting the trade prices for it.

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You will never realize the full market value of your car if you trade it at a dealership. Dealerships are in the business of making money ; they buy low and sell high. They have overheads, they have car salesmen to pay and rent to keep.

Car dealerships will pay you thousands of rands less than the market value of your car. If your car is more than 5 years old, they consider your car junk because lenders will only finance cars that are 5 years old or newer. Private cars sales always get better prices.

An important point to consider before you put your used car for sale: it can command a good price according to who is looking at it. Family cars are sought for by families with children or large families; SUVs are popular and whether newer or older will sell faster; don’t sell your convertibles and sports cars during the autumn and winter months – they sell seasonally – spring and summer months are the best times to sell them; trucks and vans are steady sellers; collector cars, although they can command high price, will normally take longer to sell.
To sell a car quickly and at a price that you consider is just right requires preparation and no shortcuts. Find out how much your car can be sold by checking on-line classified ads like and

Before you advertise your vehicle for sale, think how people would see your car. First impression is very important. You would like prospective buyers to get attracted to your car the first time they see it. To sell a car, it should be in mint condition.

Clean the car inside and out, apply wax and for better results, have it detailed. A shiny car catches the eye.
Take out all the junk from the inside of the car. Make it presentable inside and out.

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Use a window cleaner product to remove any spots and blemishes on your windows inside and outside the car and all the mirrored surfaces.

Apply a dash polish on the dashboard, use Wynn’s Brush Off on cloth seats to remove dirt and leather and vinyl use Shield Leather Care.

Take care of any oil change or any servicing. Let the mechanic take a quick look and have him check overall condition of the vehicle.

Get your car’s maintenance record out to show to the prospective buyers. A simple record of engine oil and transmission oil changes will poster trust in potential buyers. It’s easier to sell a car that way.

Remember to sell a car privately requires some work but if you can squeeze a couple of grand more in that sale, it is well worth it. Don’t let the car dealerships pocket money which is rightfully yours.