Sell It Yourself

Used Cars

Selling a car takes time, involves a certain amount of hassle, and some risk—including personal risk. So, is a private sale right for you? Let's find out.

  • Do you have the time to thoroughly clean the car, check and top off fluids, collect all repair records, and, possibly, take it to a mechanic to be checked out?
  • Are you willing to take the risk in terms of time, money, hassle-and the possibility that the car might not sell or you might get scammed-for the prospect of a better sale price?
  • Are you comfortable having strangers come to your house or place of work? Are you comfortable going on test drives with strangers, or asking them to wait, until your weight-lifter boyfriend, Thor, can come join you?
  • Are you prepared for accepting the legal liability that comes with selling a car? In many states, if a recently sold used car doesn't pass inspection, the seller may be financially liable.

If you answered "Yes" to all five questions, then it's time to prepare your car for that big sale!

If you answered "No" to any of these questions, consider these alternatives to a private sale.

If you're on the fence, read more about this topic in the Car Talk Community!