Sell your private car: this is how you must do it to make it work

When it comes to selling our private car, there are many aspects that we must take into account if we want the operation to be a success. In the following lines we are going to review all of them, as well as some useful tips.

If we previously talked about what we must take into account when purchasing a second-hand vehicle , today we ask ourselves what are the essential steps to sell our car successfully and safely for us and for our buyer.

There is no doubt that the best strategy to follow when selling our car is transparency , both when presenting our vehicle and when asking potential buyers for documentation and guarantees. Lets start by the beginning. Visit here for


If we have decided to sell our car, we will have taken into account all the options: handing it over as part of the payment for a new vehicle at a dealership is a quick and easy procedure, although economically speaking, it may not be as advantageous as other possibilities. Another attractive option is to deliver it to a company specialized in the sale of second-hand cars.

The vast majority have an online appraisal system that facilitates the screening of the most interesting ones. In addition to the advantages mentioned, with these two options, you will not have to worry about the paperwork in the Treasury, General Traffic Directorate or any other procedure, and this makes them great candidates to be chosen. But the one that concerns us today is the third: sell our car directly using our means.


Put a price on your car

It is the first step we must take on the path of selling a vehicle. The way to do this is to inform us on the Internet about the price of other cars equal to ours . Not only in the make and model, because they also count the color -some are more in demand than others-, the number of doors, the year of registration, the conservation and, of course, the power and the mileage. In short, the more similarities we find, the more real will be the reflection we receive on the price of the cars that we see advertised.

The market offer for that particular vehicle will also weigh on our sales process: the more it offers, the lower the price and the longer it will take to sell. Patience is a key factor if what we are looking for is to get an optimal performance.


Preparing the car for sale

Our car is not yet ready for potential buyers to see it, we must put out its best profile and highlight its virtues. It is, in a way, an enlistment process . If the bodywork has imperfections, scratches or dents, we will start by giving a part to the insurance for repair or even paint the entire vehicle. Here we can find a penalty from the insurer, so, once we have the information about what this penalty may entail, we will study the advantages of doing it or not. In other words, if our car will sell better, faster and for a better price, thus offsetting the fine from the insurance company.


The polishing of the headlights is another of the points that can put a better face on a recently painted car (everything we do to improve its appearance must be justified based on the sale price, of course). And of vital importance will be to pay attention to the thorough cleaning of the interior of the cabin . This space is perceived as the closest physically to the buyer. It must appear clean, neutral (we will avoid ornaments, stickers, colored covers, badges, dolls or any element that may attract attention) and we will specifically take care of the smell.

If we are regular smokers, it is best to take the car to a vehicle cleaning specialist to remove the smell and possible stains caused by tobacco on the upholstery. So far what the eye can see with a first glance.


But our trusted mechanic can be of great help without resulting in an astronomical bill. For example, tightening screws can reduce the noise perceived in the cabin when a potential buyer tests the car. Checking hoses, tightening clamps or cleaning the engine externally can influence the impression that the interested party takes and translate into a better sale.

Advertise the vehicle

Here we will be careful. With our car freshly painted and washed, we will choose an environment to make a good 'book' of photos. Better with a camera that provides quality to the images , which we will do in quantity - later we will have time to discard those that are less attractive - from all possible angles: side and angle, front, rear, top, doors open, closed ... It is important to cover the license plate before taking photos or editing them to prevent the vehicle from being identified. We will also take multiple photographs of the interior of the passenger compartment and trunk, moving and folding the seats to show the available spaces.


A good advertisement should have many images , but also all the important technical details: model, finish, displacement, extras, year of registration, mileage, etc. We will also add details about the care that the car has received and what type of use we have given it: the predominance of city versus highway, for example, indicates that the car has suffered intensive use despite its lower mileage.

We should not be afraid to give information, but we will do so with precision, without going beyond the necessary words and, above all, without providing details that allow personal or vehicle identification. We will keep the ad updated, and it will even be a good idea to remove it for a few days from the networks when we see that the viewing drops.


Filter potential buyers

While we wait for the first interested parties to contact us, we can collect all the invoices for repairs and replacement of wear parts that we have, as well as the warranty book and other documentation that proves the condition of the vehicle. Let us also prepare a document in which the condition of the car is clearly specified. We commented at the beginning that transparency is the fundamental pillar so that the sale of a vehicle does not become a nightmare and that the seller is obliged by law to respond to the hidden defects of the vehicle for 6 months from the sale.


We must expect and demand the same transparency from our buyers once they contact us. Exploring their real purchase intentions , whether they have already seen and tested other vehicles or the time frame they are considering to carry out the final purchase will provide us with information on the reliability of taking the next step.


Show car

An interested buyer will always want to see the car and, in most cases, test it out. A good idea is to meet him in a public place , leaving a record of the place where we are going to be with someone you trust, the estimated time and be reachable during that time. If necessary, we can be accompanied to the appointment.


In addition to inspecting the vehicle externally and internally, as well as the wheels or the hood space, it is time to talk to the potential buyer about the positive aspects of our car , as well as other details. If, for example, you need to change the timing belt, tires or other wearing parts, now is the time to tell them.

You may also want to test drive the car to get to know it better and make a decision. We will make sure you have a valid driver's license and will accompany you on the test , either as a driver or as a co-pilot. To test the behavior of a car, a long journey is not required, but you can request to make a route that allows more speed (such as a highway), and a slower one, drive through steep streets or perform maneuvers that the day to day demands of the car.


We already have a buyer, now what?

It is time to choose the wild card of the agency , which will be in charge of carrying out all the essential bureaucratic procedures so that none of the parties - buyer and seller - can be left helpless by an error or omission without bad intention. In that case, we must have arranged the service with the same and request an appointment for the signature, both parties attending at that moment in which, in addition to signing the documentation, the payment of the agreed amount and the delivery of keys are usually carried out. (and controls).

We can also carry out the procedures on our own. To do this, the first thing we need is a sales contract where all the details of the vehicle appear in detail, its status, the buyer and seller data, the date, place and time the car is signed and delivered.


Also the related documents that are attached, the means of payment (we will preferably choose bank transfer with delivery of proof of the collection of the car keys by the buyer). Some photographs of the vehicle at the time of delivery will help us to justify its condition if necessary. It must be accompanied by the technical sheet of the car, the driving license, the DNI of both parties and the declaration of transmission of used vehicles.


This sale is subject to the Property Transfer Tax (to be paid by the buyer), but it will be the seller's obligation to notify the General Directorate of Traffic of the change of ownership and the payment of the corresponding fee within 10 days of the effective date. of the sale. To carry out this management, the buyer must provide the seller with proof of payment of ITP, since he must provide it along with the rest of the documentation.


In short, selling our used car involves a certain complexity and we must take several aspects into account, especially if we want to take care of everything on our own. But, if at any time you take the step, do not hesitate to take advantage of all the services that we offer you at . You will not regret!

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