How to Estimate the Right Price When Planning to Sell Your Car

Selling your old car can be a quick and easy way to make some money. When it comes to selling your used vehicle, there is no such thing as “the perfect price” to sell it for. This differs from one car to another depending on different factors. Some people find it challenging to come up with a set price to sell their cars for, especially if they are new to the process. If you are looking to sell your used vehicle, here is how you can estimate the suitable price to put it on the market for. 

Check Market Status

The first step you should take when trying to determine what would be a fair price to sell your car is checking the market status. Do some research by checking online listings and going to car markets and garages to see how others are pricing similar cars with the same conditions. This would help you understand how in-demand your car type is and how it compares to others on sale in the market. Checking the market would also help you find out when the best time to sell your vehicle would be. Generally, sedans are more in demand than any other type so you can price them a little higher and they are easily sold. Other types of cars like convertibles and collector cars may take some more time to sell. 

Consider Pricing Guides

Many people do not even know where to start when trying to price their cars. Nova Scotia’s car market is relatively large, and when you put your car out for sale you should try to make it shine in the crowd by pricing it reasonably. As mentioned by the experts from, the key to pricing your vehicle suitably is learning about the price guides for similar car types. The pricing guides highlight the key factors that affect the price of any vehicle including its mileage, brand, motor power, and any visible or hidden damages. Every little detail in your vehicle counts when you are trying to set a price and using the official guidelines would help you determine how to come up with a proper estimate. 

Check Competition

One of the most important steps you should take before placing your used car on the market is checking out the competition. You will want to compare your car to others that are of the same make and have similar specs and see how their owners have priced them. This would help you come up with a proper estimate that can be competitive to what they have on offer in order to get more offers and sell your car quickly. You can check online listings or go to used car shops or even individual sellers to see the vehicles for yourself and compare properly. 

Ask Car Dealers

When it comes to buying or selling cars, experts always know more details than individual car owners. That is why a wise step to take while trying to list your car on the market would be to go around used-car dealers and ask them for advice about the proper estimate for your particular vehicle. They can give you a fair estimate right then and there or can give you an average based on similar vehicles that they have dealt with beforehand. They may also be able to guide you on certain things to do to increase the value of your vehicle. 

Factors Affecting Car Price

There are different factors that affect the price and value of any used vehicle when you are trying to sell it. These are things that you should keep in mind when you list your car for sale and some of them are things that you can work on to increase the car value before actually listing it. The factors include the cleanliness and regular maintenance of the vehicle, any accessories fitted in the car, and any exterior or interior damages. Those are the factors that car owners can control and work on before trying to sell their car or even come up with a fair estimate to list them for.

The used car market is one that is largely popular as it is cost-effective for many people. It is an easy way for sellers to make extra money and for buyers to get unmatched deals. If you are trying to sell your old car, make sure you do some research in advance by looking at listings and asking around in the market in order to come up with a fair price for your vehicle. Make sure you keep the vehicle clean and maintained so that you can increase its value before its sale.

Robert Cooke
Rob is a certified mechanic and long-time automotive enthusiast who has worked on everyday passenger vehicles, race and rally cars, and derby cars.