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Selling a car in Canberra

By ps0104 24 May 2010 23

Hi all,

I have recently moved to Canberra from QLD and am intending to sell my car in the near future. My partner and I moved here with a car each, but mine now rarely gets used so it needs to go! I plan on selling it privately.

I have heard whispers from people at work that it is very hard to sell cars in Canberra and if you do sell, you will get less in Canberra for a second-hand car than you would in say Sydney or Brisbane.

Firstly, does anyone know if there is any truth to these rumours? Secondly, does anyone who has sold a car privately recently have any tips to share for getting the best price in the Canberra market (eg. where to advertise)?

The car is a 2004 Nissan Pulsar, and i’d be hoping to get about 10.5-11k for it privately.

What’s Your opinion?


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toadstool 9:27 am 27 May 10

We are selling a car at the moment. First time in a while that we’ve tried to sell a car. What’s the etiquette in regard to the potential buyer taking the car for a test drive? Should the seller accompany the buyer? If not, what sort of security deposit should you get from the buyer to ensure they return the car? Also, is it normal practise to get a roadworthy certificate or is that up to the buyer?

dvaey 1:17 pm 26 May 10

Rawhide Kid No 2 said :

reepy said :

I’ve sold 2 cars in the last year (and am about to sell a 3rd)

Watch out you don’t get classified as a car dealer. The is a limit to how many you can sell per year without being classed as a dealer requiring a licence.

I believe the limit is 6 cars in a 12 month period, although dont hold me to that.

georgesgenitals 12:24 pm 26 May 10

$10.5-11k sounds like a fair bit. Of course, your car may be an auto hatch with low kms in perfect nick, in which case you may get close.

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