4 Ways to Sell Your Car in South Africa (with Pros & Cons)

Each of the four ways to sell your car in South Africa has specific pros and cons. The best way to sell your vehicle depends on how much time and effort you want to spend getting the highest price.

In this article, we look at different options, and the pros and cons of each:

1. Selling a car privately

With a private sale, you’re in complete control of the selling price. There’s no mark-up to consider, so you can ask the same as a dealer.

On the downside, you have to deal with everything yourself, including advertising and test drives. Also, there’s the potential for scams and time-wasters.

Security concerns run both ways. Many buyers would rather deal with a reputable dealership that offers finance, even if it means paying a higher price.

If you want to get a good price, be willing to wait for the right buyer. If you need a quick sale, you’ll have to settle for less.

2. Trading in a car

Trading in a car allows you to sell the old one and get a new one in a single transaction.

Trade-ins mean less waiting for your car to sell. However, some trade-ins work in favour of the dealership.

It can be hard to tell if you’re getting a good deal on your old vehicle.

Some people prefer to set their own price but that means two separate transactions and a bigger time investment.

3. Selling your car online

In South Africa, a growing number of options exist for selling your car online. Among these are several popular online dealerships.

These sites do the marketing and advertising. They also make buyers feel more comfortable than they would be dealing with a private seller on the internet.

However, to cover all these perks, you may have to accept a lower price for your vehicle.

Online dealers remain a convenient option for anyone who is hoping to sell a vehicle quickly (but not necessarily for the best price). See our previous article about the pros and cons for a more in-depth overview of what to consider.

4. Selling a car via auction

Selling a car at auction is usually quick and easy. You avoid time-wasters and negotiating in person with potential buyers.

However, if the auction doesn’t go well, you may get a lot less for your car than you’d wanted. There’s also the risk that the vehicle won’t sell.

You must remember auctioneer fees, which are a percentage of the sale and vary depending on the auction house.

The vehicle has to be taken to the auction house for viewing, which can be inconvenient.

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Selling a car in a hurry tends to be a bad idea, at least in terms of attracting a good price.

If you’re in need of funds, one alternative is to use your car to secure a short-term loan. That’s where we come in.

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