Step By Step Guide to Selling Your Car

Posted on 25th Mar 2021 by CarTakeBack Posted in: In The Know

Here at CarTakeBack we like to think that we make selling your old car easy, but seeing as it’s what we do for hundreds of customers everyday, we probably take some of our knowledge for granted!

How to sell your car

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✔️Storing personalised plates

If you have a personalised number plate that you want to transfer to another vehicle, or store for future use, it’s essential to do it officially before you sell your old car. It’s generally an easy process but it’s different in every territory, this is our guide to personalised number plates.

* Don’t forget to call your insurance company and inform them of any changes to your plates so they can update their records on your policy, even if it’s for a short period of time!

✔️ Choose the best service and price

Obviously we recommend CarTakeBack! With our free collection across Australia and instant prices online guaranteed for seven days. Whatever route you choose, our biggest tip is not to wait too long – it’s easy to let time go by and cars devalue quickly. You can check out our full guide to getting the best price for your scrap car.

✔️ Remove personal data

Once you’ve got a deal for your car, it’s time to prepare for saying goodbye. Obviously you need to remove your personal belongings and maybe take that last selfie with the old motor, but something you may not have considered is removing your personal data! A car’s computer stores your data for convenience, but that data is at risk when your car changes hands. There’s no need to worry; just like your home computer or mobile phone, the data from your car can be wiped.

✔️ Paperwork

This is arguably the most important step in the car selling process, because otherwise, officially you remain responsible for the vehicle! Our FAQs will help you get it all right.

✔️ Getting a rego refund

Receiving a refund for any unused car registration is a great bonus of selling your old car! It’s easy to sort out, but it’s not issued automatically so you need to follow your territory’s guidelines. Don’t miss out! If you’re not sure where to start, we can help.

✔️ Cancel your insurance

Don’t forget to cancel your car insurance – you don’t want to be paying for a policy you don’t need! Your insurance company will manage the paperwork, you just need to contact them and cancel any future monthly payments.

✔️ Keep your documents safe

It’s worth keeping hold of any paperwork related to the sale of your vehicle.


This same checklist will apply to any car sale, so feel free to forward this on to friends and family who may appreciate the guide, wherever and however they choose to sell their old car!

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