How to Sell My Car in WA?

With no prior experience, selling your car can seem a daunting process. However, it doesn’t need to be. Read on to learn about the best options for selling your car in WA.

What are the Options to Sell My Car?

Below are the most common options for selling your used car.

1. Sell Privately

This is the go-to for many selling their cars. For the steps involved, read on below:

  1. Get a car valuation – You can get a formal valuation at any car-buying business. Whatever you are quoted, you can use this to get a general idea of how much you should sell it for.
  2. Freshen up your car – Getting your car detailed by a professional can go a long way to enhancing your car’s perceived value. However, you can always do this yourself to save some money – it will just take a bit of time. Areas that are often neglected but are important to clean when selling your car include any tight spaces, the engine bay, and your boot opening.
  3. Pick a platform – Most of the time, advertising on multiple sites will boost your chances of selling the car. Facebook Marketplace is a favourite of many car sellers, but don’t forget to explore other options as well.
  4. Be honest and detailed – Be sure to include all the details you would want to know about if you were buying. This includes the make, model, mileage, condition, and service history.
  5. Use good photos – Most phone cameras nowadays can take high quality images. However, there are some little things you can do to improve your photos. For instance, the early morning and late afternoon are ideal times to snap a photo. While you may be tempted to use a filter, be wary because potential buyers may see this as an attempt to cover up flaws or may be disappointed when seeing the car in person.
  6. Be aware of formalities – After you’ve sold the car, you will need to prepare for the inspection, title transfer, and registration. You also need to contact the Department of Transport within one week of the sale – otherwise, you may receive a penalty. So, get your proof of ID, owner’s manual, warranty, and vehicle registration ready.

2. Get in Touch with a Car Dealer


There are a couple of major benefits to selling your car through a car dealer.

  • Makes the process quicker and simpler – Essentially, you can just take your vehicle to a dealership with all the necessary documents and walk out with cash (or even another car).
  • Don’t need to worry about formalities – Forget worrying about providing safety certificates and paying for repairs. Once you’ve left the dealership, you are done.

When it comes to the process, it is very straightforward. You can simply enter the dealership with your car and documents, and leave with cash.

However, it is important to know that a dealer will likely give you less money for your vehicle. To get the most bang for your buck, match your car manufacturer with the dealership. For example, if you own a Toyota, go to a Toyota dealership.

3. Auction if Off

Auctions are recommended for those with vehicles that still require a little bit of work to become saleable.

Before you join an auction to sell your vehicle, you should first determine your answers to the following questions:

  • Are you willing to settle for a lower price for your car?
  • Are you comfortable with the fees and commissions charged by the auction house?
  • Are you in a hurry to sell your car and don’t want to advertise or deal with unsure buyers?
  • Is it likely that your vehicle will not pass a safety certificate inspection?

Although selling your car at an auction puts your vehicle in front of buyers without you having to interact with them and allows you to set a reserve price, auctions can be very unpredictable. Once that hammer falls, the sale price is set and you’ll have to walk away with that amount – whether you are happy with it or not.

The auction fees will depend on the auction house, so be sure to ask about the possible charges before you commit. That way, you can decide if auctions are what you are looking for.


Avoiding time wasters

While the online market has been growing of late, it can involve a lot more effort for the same result – and time wasters can make you jaded to the whole process. Avoid dealing with people who aren’t genuinely interested in buying by visiting a car buying service such as ours.

It’s as simple as giving us a call to arrange an inspection, receiving your quote, and accepting or rejecting the offer. You can receive your cash within 24 hours of accepting your offer, and your car selling journey can be over quickly and easily.

How Much Can I Sell My Car For?

At We Buy Your Car, we provide you with a free quote upon assessing your car. Simply call or email us to arrange a time for inspection and you can receive a fair quote quickly and easily.

Are you ready to sell your car in Western Australia? Contact We Buy Your Car WA, and we’ll buy the vehicle directly from you! If you want to know more about how to sell a car or how our service works, please feel free to reach out to us – we’d be happy to answer all of your questions.

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