A Quick Guide
Selling your car online can be a convenient and hassle-free way to get a good price for your vehicle. With a few simple steps, you can reach a large pool of potential buyers and potentially get more money for your car than you would through a local dealerships or via private sale.
There are multiple different channels to selling your car online. You may choose to sell your car directly to an online dealership, sell your car privately by placing an ad on an online market or by selling your car at an online auction. Read on for our quick guide to selling your car online in Canada.
Do Your Prep:
The right prep can make sure you get the best deal for your used car.
Determine the Value of Your Car:
Research the current market value of your car by using online resources such as Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds. Keep in mind factors such as make, model, year, mileage, and condition of the car make a difference while determining its value. Depending on where you go, you may have to enter your vehicle’s details including your vehicle identification number (VIN). MintList offers an easy to use price estimator that only requires car details like the make, model, trim, and mileage to compare multiple offers from different sites so you can see what a real offer looks like.
Prepare Your Car for Sale:
Clean and detail the interior and exterior of your car. Make any necessary repairs and take care of any cosmetic issues. A well-maintained car will fetch a higher price and attract more interested buyers.
Take High-Quality Photos
Use a digital camera or smartphone to take clear, well-lit photos of the exterior, interior, engine, and any other noteworthy features of your car. These photos will be the first impression that interested buyers have of your car, so make sure they are appealing and accurately represent the condition of the car. When you sign up, MintList gives you a step by step guide to taking the perfect photos for your car, so you don’t leave anything out.
Write an Effective Ad:
Write a detailed and compelling vehicle description that highlights the unique features of your car, including its make, model, year, mileage, and condition. Add vehicle details like previous ownership or if the entire service history is availble if necessary. Be honest and transparent about any issues the car may have and include a fair asking price. When you list your car on MintList, we take care of all the heavy lifting for you, so you don’t have to go through the entire process of getting the necessary information to craft an ad.
Choose the Right Platform:
There are several online platforms where you can sell your car, including Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and Canada Drives. Choose a platform that reaches a large pool of potential buyers in your area and offers features such as secure transactions and buyer protection. Don’t get carried away by promises of a cash offer instantly, you may not always get a fair price for your car. When you put your used car up for auction, you can see the bids as they come in. You don’t have to accept the best offer if you do not think it’s a fair price.
Trade In If You Can
If you’re looking for a new car after you’ve sold your current vehicle, then why not consider a trade in. Trading in your car can actually save you thousands through sales tax benefits. While you may not be able to trade in your car through a private sale, MintList allows you to apply the money you get from your car as credit towards your new car. You can also choose from hundreds of inspected vehicles on our site, all of which come with at least a 3000 km warranty.
Selling your car on MintList is a great way to get a good price for your vehicle. With very little preparation and effort, you reach a large pool of potential buyers and to sell your car quickly and hassle-free.