If you are looking to sell your used car in Australia, chances are good you are also trying to decide which online marketplaces to post your vehicle on.
Thanks to the internet, selling a used car has never been easier. But that does not mean it doesn’t require a lot of due diligence on your end to make sure that you are trying to sell in the right place so that you can sell it for the right price.
Carsales boasts itself as the largest online classifieds service for used cars in the whole of Australia. With well over 20,000 cares for sale, Carsales has utes, sedans, caravans, motorcylces, and everywhere in between.
No matter what kind of vehicle you’re selling, it will have a reputable home at Carsales.
Gumtree is typically associated with helping Aussies finding a new house or apartment for rent, but it also has a diverse and healthy car sales department as well. Gumtree is especially valuable if you have an older car that you think will sell for under $5000. Gumtree has a special feature when searching for cars for under that amount and it will make your car all the more visible when people are starting their car search.
Drive offers car classifieds for both used and new cars and it has nice extras to help potential buyers seek out and find your car. On top of that, Drive offers news and reviews of car models that could highlight your car type if it lies under a specific category.
Another huge online classifieds tool that helps connect private sellers with private buyers. The benefit of Carsguide is that the site offers very specific search options so that buyers who are interested in your specific make and model of vehicle can find it easily.
CarGurus is another online search engine that approaches the marketplace through using big data. The site is best known for its feature CarGurus Instant Market Value, which is the websites’s own calculation of the fair retail price for a given vehicle.
The one thing to keep in mind with CarGurus is that they also allow dealers to advertise their cars on their site for free. It makes the competition quite large and is a reason why CarGurus has over 5 million vehicles listed.
How to set yourself up for success when you sell your car online
Posting your car on an online marketplace is one thing, but really portraying your car in the best possible way is something else entirely. If you are preparing to sell your car in Australia, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Photograph your car in great light
There are a ton of tips and tricks to taking the perfect shots to make your car look your best. The first one is to take your pictures either in the early morning or late afternoon. These times of days are deemed by professional photographers as “the golden hour” and once you start snapping shots, you’ll know why. The light is rich and warm and will give your shots a professional feel.
Thanks to the camera technology in most smart phones, you don’t need to use a high-end camera such as a DSLR, but higher quality never hurts! Regardless of what camera you are using, make sure to clean and wipe your lens before taking your pictures. If you do end up using your phone, make sure to shoot in Landscape – or horizontally – and not in Portrait mode – or vertically.
Beyond that, you’ll want to choose a clean background and take pictures of the front and rear three-quarter view. You’ll also want to pop inside and take pictures of your freshly detailed interior and dashboard. You might as well lift up the bonnet and take a picture of the engine, and open up the boot and snap a picture of that as well. Some people will also want pictures of the logbook, spare keys, wheels, and tires, too.
Take as many shots as you can and find out how many pictures your ad will allow. When you upload your images to your ad, try to do so in a logical order. It helps to look at other ads to decide what kind of pictures you want to feature on you own.
Make sure you are very easy to reach
Individuals who are serious about wanting to buy your car will most likely want to arrange an in-person inspections as quickly as possible. They’ll do this even before they start negotiating on the price. In order to set up an in-person inspection, you’re going to need to list any and all contact information you can provide. Leave your email, personal, and business number – if you have one – on your listing.
All that is the easy part. Once you actually set up an inspection, be prepared for late arrivals, no-shows, lowball offers, and a determination to communicate exclusively though text messages.
One way to at least make this somewhat less painful is to set up inspections when you will already be at home. That way, you aren’t waiting at home and wasting time when you could otherwise be working or running errands. Late arrivals and no-shows will always be frustrating, but at least this way you don’t feel like you’re wasting your time in more ways than one.
How to avoid scams and fraud
The first thing you’re going to want to do to make sure the balance of the purchase will be paid to you in the form of either a bank cheque, a direct deposit, or in cash. Never accept personal cheques, these could bounce.
It is also important to be cautious about what links you click and what you open. Only log onto your listing through the site you are listing with. Never log on to your ad via a link that you receive via an email, even if the email seems safe to click. This could be what is described as a phishing email.
Also keep a close eye on the details of your ad. If you notice any kind of change within your ad make sure to contact the site or company that you are advertising with.
In terms of potential buyers, be cautious of people who are insisting on communicating only through email or text messages. If they refuse to talk on the phone, it could indicate that they are up to no good.
Finally, as with most sales, the saying, “If it seems too good to be true, it is” rings clear. Don’t let yourself be fooled by a high offer because it could be an attempt to scam you. It can be tiring to keep your eyes out for scams and fraud all along the way, but it is an important aspect of any big-money deal such as a car sale. Hopefully, you won’t run into any potential scams or tricks, but it is definitely better to be safe than sorry