How to sell your pre-used car online

August 29, 2018

Selling your car is at once both exciting and daunting. You will be saying goodbye to an old, reliable vehicle and hello to a brand new, flashier model. But how do you sell your old car quickly and easily? You could trade it in to your dealer, or you could sell it online. Selling your car online is an easy and effective way to sell your car, but there are some things you will need to look out for.

Pre-used cars for sale are often searched for by first-time buyers or people who are looking to upgrade their current car. This means that you will have a wide audience who are interested in your car. If you are looking to sell your pre-used car online, read on below for some top tips.

Research the value of your car

This is the most important step you will need to take. Finding out the value of your car will help you to set a fair and reasonable price, one that will benefit both you and the buyer. You can go online and look at the “blue book value” of your car and use this information to set a price.

You could also research second-hand cars in South Africa, looking specifically for your car make and model. This will give you a good idea of what the market is looking for price-wise. It can also help to speak to a dealership and ask if they could value your car for you. They will be able to give you an accurate estimate on how much your car is worth and how much you could potentially sell it for.

Gather all the relevant documents

Once you have found out the value of your car, you will need to gather all the relevant documents. These documents include the following:

  • Proof of ownership: If your car has been paid for in full, then you will need to get a proof of ownership certificate as well as a letter stating that the car has been paid off in full. You can also use a settlement letter if you are trying to sell your car before it has been paid off.


  • Notification of change of ownership: You will need to fill out the Notification of Change of Ownership (NCO) form, or the “yellow form”, which you will find at your local traffic department. You will need one copy for the buyer, one copy for yourself and one copy to be sent to the Department of Transport to alert the government that the car has changed ownership.


  • Vehicle registration certificate: This is one of the most important documents you will need when selling your car. The vehicle registration certificate will help you to deregister the car from your name and the buyer to register it in their name.


  • Your Identity Document: It is important to bring a copy of your Identity Document along with you when selling the car, as well as requesting a copy of the buyer’s. This will ensure that all the details on all of the forms are correct and up-to-date.


Get the car ready

Before you create an advertisement for “pre-used cars for sale”, you will need to get your car ready to be photographed and viewed. This means that you will have to clean the car inside and out, taking time to polish the wheels and rims, vacuum the interior and clean the undercarriage.

Going the extra mile will attract more online buyers, as they will judge the car by the photographs first. You will need to fix any dents and damages to the engine or parts, and list anything that you have been unable to fix. You can take your car to a valet for a professional exterior and interior clean, making it fresh enough to be photographed for the advertisement.

Create a detailed advertisement

Once you have cleaned and photographed your car, you will need to write up a detailed advertisement. The advertisement should include the model, make, year and mileage of your car, as well as any issues it might have. This includes any dents and engine troubles, as well as any cosmetic damages.

List any features that will grab the attention of buyers. For example, if your car has a sunroof, list this as one of the major features of the car, the same goes for a USB radio connection. You will also have to list any major repairs that you have had done to the car. The advertisement should also include your contact details and where you would like to meet potential buyers so that they can view the car.

Keep your wits about you

Selling pre-owned cars online is exciting, but you will need to keep your wits about you. Most buyers are honest people, but there are some who might have nefarious ideas when contacting you. Be sure to meet at a public place for a viewing, and always have someone with you during this time.

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