Selling a car might sound daunting, but we're here to help ensure it's as quick and easy as possible.

Advertise your car

Setting the price

Pricing your car correctly can mean you get a quick sale, so it's worth taking the time to think the price through.

  • Compare your car with similar models for sale privately on
  • Consider your car's mileage, age, condition and features for a more accurate price
  • Factor in room for the buyer to haggle

Writing the car advert

  • Ensure your ad reads well and sells your car's strong points, without exaggerating
  • Write clearly, avoiding jargon or complicated terms e.g. 'metallic red' rather than 'Fire Opal'
  • Include key features and desirable equipment such as leather seats or air-conditioning
  • Include any recorded service history
  • Keep the advert as concise as possible

Taking great photos

Good photos make it far more likely for you to have a successful sale quickly, and taking them needn't take a long time.

  • Clean your car inside and out
  • Make sure your pictures are sharp and in focus
  • Take pictures when the car is well-lit and dry
  • Clear space around the car so you can get the whole car in
  • Photograph important details such as alloy wheels and don't forget the interior
  • Preparing your car for sale

    A clean car looks like a cared-for car, so spending a morning making it sparkle could add hundreds of euros to its value.

    • A good wash creates the best first impression
    • Cleaning the interior is essential and an air-freshener might help
    • Check – and top up – oil and water levels and make sure the tyres are correctly inflated
    • Gather all the paperwork and arrange it so buyers can examine it easily

    Dealing with buyers

    Buyers will almost always want a test drive and to inspect your car thoroughly before handing over any money.

    • Always ensure any buyer test driving your car is suitably insured – if not fully covered by their normal insurer they should obtain temporary car insurance for the test drive. Ask to see proof first
    • Never leave the buyer alone with the car keys and turn off the engine if you swap drivers
    • Give the buyer time to view the car and let them arrange further inspections if they want to
    • Be wary of buyers requesting specific personal details. You shouldn't need to provide them with your account details or any banking information
    • Where possible, arrange to meet at a neutral location like a police station car park and try to take someone with you
    • Make sure you take key information like registration details, vehicle service history and other certificates
    • Is the buyer who they say they are? Before they take your car out for a spin, ask to see their licence. Bring a pen and paper so you can write it down

    Closing the deal

    Buyers will want to haggle your price down, and some will be eager to pay, but make sure you're satisfied the payment is genuine before you take the car

    • Expect a haggle – buyers expect to get some money off so have your lowest price in mind and stick to it
    • Be sure you're happy with the method of payment
    • Don't take your ad down until you are certain you have received payment from the buyer – it won't cost you anything to have it up longer.

    Doing the paperwork

    • Write a receipt for you and the buyer
    • Let your insurance company know you've sold the car