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How to Sell Your Car

By taking a few easy steps you can end up adding hundreds of pounds to the value of your motor and ultimately speed up the sale process! Here's how:

Where do you Start?

If you thought it was going to be as easy as a quick trip down to the local car wash, think again! A bucket of hot soapy water, a hose, sponge and a little bit of elbow grease (although time consuming) will be a lot more effective than any machine could ever be.

If you're pushed for time, why not get somebody else to do it? A full, professional valet service is a great alternative and although it may seem costly at the time, will really make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things.

Once your cars sparkling inside and out, take a little bit of time to repair any simple paintwork damage or minor mechanical faults that it might have, after all small measures like this can impact massively on the price that people are willing to pay for your car!


Be realistic. If you're after a quick sale, make sure not to over price your car. Leave some margin for haggling and check the prices of cars similar to yours online and in classified ad magazines. Buyers will be smart and won't be afraid to shop around for the best deal.

The Facts

Use important facts that will interest potential buyers. If you want to generate attention, describe your car's condition and appearance as clearly and as detailed as possible and state your cars number plate, mileage, how many months left on the MOT and your location.


Once you've sold your car, draw up a seller's contract to cover the sale. You'll usually be able to find templates on the internet or copies on the DVLA website.

  • Print one copy for you and one for your buyer
  • Complete the contracts together
  • Both sign and date the contracts
  • A signed copy acts as proof of the purchase, so keep it safe

Notify the DVLA

Let the DVLA know asap that you're no longer responsible for the vehicle.

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