cars, utes

Hansy Mannil Jul 10, 2023

Ever sold a car privately? If so, you’re probably well aware of how frustrating the process can be. Whether it’s someone sending an email or SMS that includes a ridiculous low-ball offer, no-shows after arranging an inspection time or even just how long it takes from posting the listing to sale date, it can prove to be a huge pain and waste a lot of your time.

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Plus, the longer your car stays in your possession the more you’re open to additional running costs you’d rather not be paying.

So what other options are out there, especially if you’re keen to get rid of your car as quickly as possible? Here are our top three ways you can unload your vehicle with as little hassle and time as possible.

Get a Carsales ‘Instant Offer’

Instead of listing your vehicle and waiting to be contacted, you just enter the details of your car online and they’ll do all the work for you to match you to a buyer. And by ‘buyer’, we mean a dealership interested in buying your car to sell it onto a customer.

But don’t worry about any awkward negotiation. The price offered to you is based on data collated from a number of sources including Carsales’ own sales data and RedBook, so you know you’re getting a fair price.

How Carsales Instant Offer works is pretty straightforward:

  1. Enter your car’s information here
  2. Receive your ‘sell now’ price instantly
  3. Your car is inspected
  4. If the buyer’s happy, they agree with the sale and the car’s collected
  5. You’re paid the next business day after collection

There’s only one catch with this method: they don’t accept vehicles that are over 10 years old and/or with 150,000 kms or more. As you can imagine, it’s just too difficult to know what cars that fall into these categories are worth unless they’re properly inspected.

Should your car fall into this category, fear not. There’s another option that can work for you.

Trade it in with our partner carconnect

So your car’s 10 years old or more? Does it have 150,000 kms-plus on the odometer? Or maybe both? No worries at all – you can sell it direct to our new car buying partner carconnect! What they do is get you at least three independent valuations so you know exactly how much your old car is worth in the current market. This information is priceless as selling or trading in a car is a bit of a minefield for the inexperienced. And once you accept one of the offers, they’ll pick up the car when they deliver the new one (sourced by carconnect) so you’re never without a ride.

Call a ‘Cash for Cars’ business

But, like… don’t do this. Please, just don’t. Unless your car is completely undriveable, and you can’t arrange a tow to a scrap metal yard yourself (you’d probably get a better offer there), don’t even bother with these places. They give new depth to the term ‘low-balling’, and by the time you’re done with them you’ll feel like you need some quiet time in the foetal position listening to Enya.

So your car’s 10 years old or more? Does it have 150,000 kms-plus on the odometer? Or maybe both? No worries at all – you can sell it direct to our new car buying partner carconnect!

Get rid of your old car and into a new one sooner with Stratton Finance

Now you know the quickest and easiest ways to give your old car the boot, you may be looking to get into your new car ASAP too! At Stratton Finance, we can give you an instant car finance quote right now, suited to your specific needs. We’ll even take care of negotiating with dealers to ensure you get the best possible price for your new car.

So if you want to take the hassle out of new car financing, give us a call today on 1300 787 288.



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