How Do I Sell My Car?

People rarely keep their cars throughout their entire adult life. You drive them, you love them, and then for various reasons you sell them. If you have never done it before, selling your car can be a tricky business. You need to know how much the car is worth, where is the best place to sell it, who is likely to buy my car, and basically how do I sell my car.

So if you have a car that you need to get rid of, you may be wondering “how do I sell my car”? Luckily, it is a lot easier than it use to be. Before the internet, the only advertising was in the newspapers or word of mouth. Nowadays, there are several car websites where you can advertise (see how to advertise on the internet). And what is more is that you can do it for free. Before you give up selling your car as hopeless, consider these things.

What Do I Need To Do First?

The first step in learning how do I sell my car is to look up the blue book value. The blue book contains appraisal information based on year, make, and model of a car. You can get the actual book at ay bookstore or order it online. There are also some websites that give appraisal listings.

Once you have figured out how much your car is worth, you need to write up a short description to post in any advertisements. The information should be very basic. It should include the year, make, and model of the automobile along with mileage, color, condition of the body, the engine, and the interior. Keep it short because anyone interested will want to look at it in person anyway. You are also going to need a photo of your car and contact information.

Can I Advertise In The Newspapers?


Advertising your care for sale in your local newspaper is a good place to start. The classifieds section has a category for used vehicles. The ads are pretty small, very short, and usually don’t include a photograph. The cost isn’t much and the benefit is the car is local and easy for buyers to access.

Are There Any Journals Or Magazines Where I Can Advertise?

There are several newsstand publications such as automobile trader journals and car magazines where you can sell your car. I would recommend the journals before the magazines. The journals are specifically for buyers looking for a car and you can include a photo.

What Are Some Good Websites For Selling My Car?

There are so many websites out there for posting an ad to sell your car. Some are free and some are not. Ebay, while a popular site, will take a percentage of whatever you sell on their site and it costs to advertise. Many times, the automobiles on Ebay are collectibles and have a higher asking price. There is also Autotrader which has a website and a popular magazine. Paying for advertising on these sites is fine because they do have a high number of visitors to their sites every day. You can advertise on the internet for free by using sites like Craigslist,, MySpace, and

If Someone Is Interested, What Should I Do?

When you finally get an interested buyer, you will want to set up an appointment for them to drop by and take a look at the car. Let them take it for a spin (assuming that it runs) but make sure that you go with them. Write down their name, contact information, and how much they are offering. You do not have to sell the car right away. Get some other interested buyers and see which one will give you the most money for the car. Once you find one that has the best offer, take it.