When the time comes, there are a number of ways that you can sell your car. Like anything, some ways are a lot harder and more time consuming, so it really is all about the amount of time and energy you are able and willing to put into selling your car.

We looked at a couple of the more popular options.

Selling privately

Selling a car privately is one way some people choose to sell a car that they no longer have a need, want or desire to own. However, unlike trading or selling your car to a dealer, there are a few steps that you need to take to ensure that you have a well-presented car to increase your chances of selling and maximising your re-sale price.

These include:


Roadworthy certificates (or Safety Certificate) are required by law prior to you selling the car.
Any repairs or improvements to meet the Safety Certificate
Cleaning and detailing your car

TIP: In Queensland, all pre-owned vehicles must undergo a Safety Certificate before they can be sold or transferred. The safety certificate is only valid for 2 months and/or 2000 kilometres (whichever comes first).


Advertising costs to list on sites like CarSales, Gum Tree, Trading Post
Stylish photos of your car
Informative comments about your car

The Sale:

The wait – for prospective purchasers to come and inspect
Test driving with possible purchasers
Negotiating the final sale price
Transferring registration to the new owner.

Paying out any finance owing on the car

Selling to a dealer

Dealerships don’t just sell cars, they also buy cars. Even if you’re not looking to buy a new or used car from them, you can come to a dealer and get a free valuation on your car.

After you receive your valuation, you can either choose to sell or not. There’s no obligation at all.

Simply drive your car into the dealership, bringing with you proof of ownership.
The dealership valuer or sometimes the Sales Manger will value the car, based on their gut feel and what price they think they can either resell it for, or sell at a profit to a wholesaler.

If you decide to sell your car to a dealer they arrange all the registration transfers, and pay out any finance contracts.

TIP: We do recommend that you bring your log books with the car’s service history. This allows the dealer to assess how well maintained the vehicle has been, and is a key variable in the valuation of your car.

Selling to the Car Beagle

A new option is to sell your car through the Car Begle. The Car Beagle is a different way to sell your car – that neatly combines the best of both worlds.

Our free valuation tool is able to provide an instant online valuation of your car’s value based on a number of variables overlayed with the latest industry data. This provides you with an accurate valuation range – and it can be done from the comfort of your home.

Where the CarBeagle differs is that if you’re happy with the indicative valuation range, we then send our our team to sniff out a better deal from our network of independent retailers. Not all cars are created equal, and some cars are in more demand than others, so rather then rely just on the data, we sniff out the best deal we can for your car.
Should we lock in a better offer for your car, you are the winner as we then on sell your car to the highest bidder, and you collect the higher trade in price. Where the Beagle is also different is that our team will come to your home to assess and collect your vehicle.

That’s it!

As you can see, there are a number of options that can see your car sold in as little as 24 hours (or less) with minimal effort. To get started why not try our Free Valuation Tool or get in contact with us.