Selling your car yourself can seem pretty daunting, but follow these key points so that you can stay safe and sell your car quickly.

Be Prepared.

Have all the relevant paperwork together, such as the Logbook, service history and vehicle check certificates, for a potential buyer to review.

Beware of Scammers and Fraudsters.

Beware of scammers and fraudsters, and always meet the buyer in person and if possible in public place. A genuine buyer should want to view the vehicle before making the payment.

Request the potential buyer’s contact details, such as their mobile number (especially if they call from a withheld number), landline number, full home address or any identity cards. This should give you further reassurances, and a legitimate buyer should be happy to provide this information.

Stay Together.

Always accompany the buyer on a test drive. Make sure you ask them to bring their driving licence when arranging a visit if they are expecting a test drive.

Also check that they are covered by insurance to test-drive the car; this should prevent you being liable for damages.

Hold on to Your Car Tight

Keep hold of the vehicle and all the documents until the full payment has cleared in your bank account.

In Plain Sight

Always ensure you can see the car keys, and make sure you take them out of the ignition when you change seats on the test drive. You should also make sure you can see the buyer at all times.

Stay on Home Ground

Always arrange to meet a buyer at a location you are familiar with. A public place would be ideal and always ask a friend to accompany you.


Allow a buyer to test drive the car alone.

And, never leave a potential buyer alone with the vehicle, give them the keys or let them borrow the car documents. If you have a keyless fob, keep hold of it at all times, even on a test drive.

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