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How to sell your used car privately

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used car?

How do I sell my used car?

Properly cleaning your car before the sale can add hundreds of rands to its value. That doesn’t mean just driving it through a car wash – you need to pay more attention to detail. That could mean paying R150-500 to have it professionally valeted, or you could do it yourself.

If you decide to do the work, buy some decent car shampoo and a decent polish. See this as an investment; R100 spent on the right products, plus a bit of elbow grease, could see your car’s value increase by several hundred rands.

Hose the car down then with the bodywork already wet, hand wash the panels using a sponge and some soapy water. Don’t use washing up liquid as it smears and don’t hose down the engine bay as you might damage the electrical systems. Once you’ve cleaned the outer panels focus on:

  • The wheels
  • The wheel arches
  • The door shuts

Once you’ve washed everything, leather down the bodywork and glass, to get rid of any drying out marks. While the car dries out, turn your attention to the interior.

  • Vacuum the carpets and seats
  • Empty the ash trays
  • Remove any rubbish in the boot and glove box

Wipe over the dashboard and trim panels with a damp cloth and if the headlining or seats are dirty, clean them with a mixture of upholstery cleaner and warm water. While the interior dries out, you can then finish off by applying a coat of polish to the bodywork, which will help to keep your car clean for a few weeks.

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used car advert?

How do I place a used car advert?

Advertising your car on Auto Trader is quick and easy, but if you don’t use the best wording or you ask too much for the car, you’ll get a limited response. Here’s how to create a great advert.

Start by working out how much to ask for your car. Price it too low and you’ll lose money, but price it too high and you’ll get no interest. The key is to price it just above what you’ll accept, leaving room to negotiate – everyone likes to think they’re getting a bargain.

You can get your car valued on Auto Trader. This gives you a tailored value, for your car specifically, but it’s also worth looking at what other people are asking for their cars. A quick look through our listings will help you set the price effectively. When setting the price, take into consideration the mileage, derivative and overall condition of your car.

Once you’ve worked out the right price for your car, put an advert together that tells potential buyers everything they’re likely to need to know. Make sure you include:

  • The exact type of car, including the engine size and body style
  • The year and registration
  • Your car’s mileage and colour
  • How many owners it’s had and how much service history is available
  • Equipment that’s fitted, such as air-con, alloy wheels, sat-nav

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