Up the duff? Tips on How to Sell Your Car Quickly

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This was my car when I was pregnant with Elliott. I loved my little Mazda 2, his name was George (yes, my car had a name).

Sadly, my huge truck of a pram that was kindly given to me didn’t fit into the back of George and even if it did, I don’t know where I’d put everything else like the groceries. 

The other thing that weighed on my mind was the fact that it was a tiny hatchback with not much between another car and my baby in the back seat if we were so unfortunate to be in an accident, so after weighing up the pros and cons, the decision was made for me to get a good old family car aka. SUV or Mums’ Taxi. 
We had a Toyota Kluger all lined up to buy but this was all dependent on whether or not we could sell George. I was a few months away from my due date and naturally I worried a lot about not being able to sell George. In the end it came down to how we advertised and wrote the ad. It would take just one person to come along and be interested, and that’s exactly what happened after a few weeks.

I tried searching for a draft of our ad to share with you but couldn’t find it and the one online has expired, but what I do remember is that the ad included something a little like this:

2007 Mazda 2 DE Series 1 GENKI Manual, Dec ’07 Model $13,500
She’s up the duff and we need to upgrade to a family car before baby arrives!
It was all about using a little bit of humour to capture attention and stay in the top of people’s minds when they were scrolling through hundreds of other cars. It was also a way of being an honest seller and telling people exactly why it was we were selling.

We advertised under Gumtrees used car section and entered all the details in the available categories which made it heaps easier to ensure we had all of the required information.
The other information we included in the car ad description was:

  •          Details of its condition
  •          Engine Size
  •          Details of special ‘non –standard’ features and accessories
  •          The fact that it had always been garaged
  •          I was the first owner
  •          Clear photographs of the outside and inside of the car

The great thing these days about advertising online with sites like Gumtree Australia is the ability to share your ad via social media.  You never know if your friends or family know someone looking for a car and sharing ads this way was so easy.

When it came to people viewing George, there were a few little things we kept in mind to make sure everything ran smoothly.

  •          We checked the potential drivers license before anyone drove the car
  •          We made sure our insurance covered another person driving our car
  •          Mr. G accompanied the potential buyer when they took the car for a test drive (in this case you may ask a friend or neighbour to do it if you’re not comfortable)

Apart from selling a house, a car is most likely one of the largest and most expensive items you will sell and it’s definitely about first impressions.  I’ve done both, and selling a car with time pressures is stressful on top of all the other things to plan for a new baby, but following these tips may just help you land a sale that little bit sooner.

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
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  1. Money Mummy
    June 27, 2014 / 7:08 pm

    Great advice!! I didn’t realise you could share the ad on social media – that is a bonus!

  2. Bubfriendly Winnie
    June 27, 2014 / 10:40 pm

    Love the honesty in the ad! That would definitely be a standout amongst all the other boring ads! We did the same as in sold our sedan for an SUV whilst I was pregnant but we took the easy way out and traded it in instead. Haven’t really advertised on gumtree before but will try it the next time we are selling something! I think the fact that you can share it on social media is great!

  3. Grace
    June 30, 2014 / 9:09 pm

    Now that’s a creative, unique ad! We love Gumtree. I sold my Nissan Pulsar (sorry, no name) on there just earlier this year. It was such a quick sale I didn’t have any time to get emotional or sad. Hopefully she went to a good home.