What's The Best Way to Sell a Second Hand Car?

My father has a 10 year old second hand Honda Civic in Sydney which has done about 80k. I've looked on carsales.com.au and the asking price is about $7k. What's the best way to sell this car? Should I put it on carsales? Or are there other better places market it to ensure we get the price? It's in good condition, and has recently had it's registration renewed, but he's decided that he doesn't want to drive it anymore.

Also, what do I need to do to prepare for the sale?

Thank you for your tips

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  • +34 votes
    • Clean it
    • Take nice photos
    • Post it on Gumtree or FBM at price you are happy with plus a little bit for mum
    • Be prepared to negotiate, deal with time wasters and from guys that live on oil rigs
    • Sell car via paypal, bank transfer cash only
    • Relax
    • Remove Gumtree and FBM ad
    • Have a beer
    • Relax some more
    • Post on ozbargain how you think you might have been scammed
    • +14 votes

      Hi Ozb, I followed MS Paint's advice and got cash in full. They drove car away and haven't called back for months. Did I just get scammed?

    • +2 votes

      d9nt forget, bring wheelbarrow as most ozbargainers are selling their high yield Merc amg and need to it to carry all that moneeeeey

    • +3 votes

      As above and don't waste your money placing an ad on Carsales.

      I sold my dads car and father in-laws car in the last month - both cars were listed on Carsales and Gumtree and each time it sold using the Gumtree ad. I didn't get any bites on Carsales and plenty on Gumtree (both scams and legit)

      • +1 vote

        Just curious, do you live in regional or metropolitan? Because I have sold 3 cars on carsales in my lifetime and all of them went well.

        • +1 vote

          Metro

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            @tight-ass: Hmm, interesting. I thought Carsales would be better within the Metro area.

    • +2 votes

      MS Paint's provided solid advice.

      IME you need some thick skin to deal with time-wasters and low-ballers, on top of having good pictures, good maintenance history and appropriate pricing.

      When I sold my 10yo car, there were so many of them it was discouraging. Many came to look, some went on a test drive and most never replied back. I fielded a cold-call from a guy who went on a diatribe on how worthless my car was (sight unseen) and demanded a 80% discount. One brought his mechanic friend who exaggerated every flaws in the car (Hello! It's not a new car!) and clearly was showing off on how good a mechanic he was.

      Eventually sold it to a family who needed a car for their P-plater son. They took it for a short test-drive and proceeded with the sale. I took 50% payment in cash and he transferred the rest electronically (no dramas).

      Be patient and don't let the time-wasters drag you down.

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      Care to provide some advice on why Gumtree & FBM and not Carsales.com.au?

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        Carsales costs $. Gumtree and FB are good enough for low value vehicles.

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      Gumtree is free and best for cars
      Carsales is good too but at a price.
      Facebook marketplace is free so also must be included.

  • +1 vote

    Start by taking it to a couple of car yards and see what they will give you for it as a straight out sale. Small low k cars are in demand.
    Dont let them tell you it is worth less than what you feel it is… in fact ask for $7500 and then drop it back to 7k in negotiation.
    Alternatively ads on Gumtree are free but like any advertising you will get a lot of gronks and scammers….
    When sold write on the receipt … sold as is, no warranty is given or implied.

    • +1 vote

      also tell them if they dont like the deal to post on ozbargain.com.au!

    • +7 votes

      Wasting your time. A car yard will want to make at least $2k on the transaction so they’ll offer you peanuts.

    • +1 vote

      I wouldn't waste any time with car yards
      They only pay a pittance.

      Everyone that has traded in or gone to a car yard has received about 1/3 or 1/2 of what the car is really worth selling yourself. Its a desperate act or one of sheer laziness. And you certainly pay a heavy price for such convenience.

      Dealers are out to make a profit and ensure they cover any warranty and holding costs such as registration and insurance.
      Not to line your pockets with cash.

  • +7 votes

    I guess its been 12 hours since someone asked this…

    • +3 votes

      Can we just delete these threads?

  • +6 votes

    i'll give you $10,000 i don't need to look at the car, i'll wire you the money via western union. don't worry i don't work on an oil rig however i am a defence personnel and i am about to be deployed.

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      So you'll send someone to pick it up on your behalf?

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        i'll arrange for a transport company to come pick it up.. i'll will transfer the money first.

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    areyouselling.com.au

  • +3 votes

    And if you can’t get the price you want from GT or FB because of low ballers, just post it on carsales where the real buyers are.

  • +2 votes

    just sold a car off of tacebook marketplace. Had lots of dumb people message is this available or whats your lowest price or wanting to trade. Just put it up with some pics of the car, and have it at a price that gives you wiggle room to negotiate with buyers. For instance I listed the car I literally just sold at $3500, had it up for 4 days and sold it for $2500. Lowest id have taken was $2k. Also cash is king. If they dont have the cash well then tell them to find it or move on to the next buyer.

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    Low key "for sale" classified post dressed up to look like a question.

    Oh, and just follow the same advice as the last 200 times this was asked…

  • +3 votes

    Sold my car via FB and got 10% above market price….but you have to put in lots of work & deal with lots of low balling people & the odd money launder. Key point know your car & what others are selling theirs for & the differences that make sense $$ wise ( IE not colour!)…the people that turn up to test drive are the real people. BTW, you can accept money transfers..just do not give the keys until you have the money in your account. Good Luck…and you will be 25% better off than trade ins!

    Pay $5 to boost your ad in FB - very worthwile.

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      Same applies to Gumtree

      But good advice indeed

  • -2 votes

    I wouldn't bother with scumtree. Too many time wasters when I tried selling my car. FB Marketplace might be better. Make sure to get a pic of licence if they get any fines.

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      What would you use then? The free classifieds are cheap and you get free entertainment with the low ballers.

      It comes down to how much you value your time and effort and wether you want to sell quickly.

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        I did it to try it out. The car was listed for a couple months on gt and I ended up selling it after a couple of weeks on carsales.

  • +1 vote

    I donated my car to kids under cover charity. They auctioned it off and I got the value it fetched at auction as a tax deduction.

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      Did it get more than market value to make up for the difference in the tax

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    Dear all
    heartychat (the poster) has not replied to any comments

    So I wouldn't waste your time here

    As others have indicated its a useless post.

  • -1 vote

    You just said it…. place it Car Sales .com.

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    Having recently bought a secondhand car, I found Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree to be the best, simply because of the simple contact process. The CarSales-type websites are really unreliable and annoying to get in touch with the seller.

    Not sure how it is in other states, but here in VIC we must get a roadworthy certificate (RWC) done to transfer the registration and this was the most interesting part of it. Mechanics have been really overworked for months now due to the pandemic delaying shipments of new car stock, so it took two weeks to get the RWC done. So be prepared to sell the car at a cheaper price without a RWC (and the buyer does it and covers all possible costs involved in fixing stuff) or prepare the buyer for a long wait due to get it done for them. You can also get the RWC done before selling it and include that note in the listing to add extra confidence for the buyer.

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      OP is in Sydney. Won’t need to get a RWC (pink slip) unless rego is due.