Guide to selling a car

SELLER'S CHECKLIST

7 Steps to Sold
  1. Set a competitive price
  2. Clean your car thoroughly
  3. Take clear, high quality photos
  4. Include detailed information in your ad
  5. Post your ad on the autoTRADER website and print publications
  6. Contact your Ministry of Transportation for regulations and documentation requirements
  7. Be prepared for negotiations and collect payment by certified cheque
  8. Finalize the sale by submitting documentation as required by your provincial Ministry of Transportation

How To Sell Your Car

Selling a car privately will take you a little more time and effort, but that time and effort could earn you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Follow the steps below to ensure your car sells quickly, and for the highest price possible.

Price Your Car

Setting a competitive price that reflects the real value of your car will make your ad more attractive to buyers. To determine the right price for your car:

Create the Ad

You’ll want to attract potential buyers by giving them all the specs and highlights of your car. However, make sure the ad is accurate and truthful. The key elements of a successful ad are:
  1. Competitive Pricing
  2. High Quality Photos
  3. Detailed Car Description

You’ll also want to consider purchasing a CarProof report for your vehicle. Providing potential buyers with a CarProof report shows that you’re upfront and open to disclosing the full history of your vehicle, right from the start.


Once you’ve created an effective ad as per the detailed guidelines below, post it for FREE on the autoTRADER website and also call in to place an ad in one of our print publications.

Prepare for the Sale

Spending some time and effort on your car can increase the amount buyers are willing to pay. Even if your car is in excellent working condition, little things can turn buyers off.

Close the deal

The way you communicate with buyers could go a long way in helping you sell quickly. While buyers are evaluating the car, they’ll also be thinking about whether or not they feel comfortable negotiating with you, and trusting you. Be as open and honest as possible, and make buyers feel at ease. Remember that you’re asking them to make a big financial decision. Here are some important points to think about: