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HOW TO SELL YOUR ELECTRIC CAR

  • Take it to the car wash

    Don’t try to sell something you wouldn’t want to buy yourself. Nobody likes a dirty electric car, especially buyers, so make sure to clean yours.

  • Collect Important Documents

    You’ll need a few important pieces of paper in order to sell, such as the title and a bill of sale.

  • Snap some pictures

    Great photos are the best way to stand out to buyers. You will want to take lots of them, since this is primarily how buyers evaluate a electric car.

  • Find Your Car’s Value

    Do you know how much your electric car is worth? It is important to know the market value for your electric car, so be sure to browse similar listings and use our valuation tool.

GET THE WORD OUT

Know what you want to say

Before you start creating your listing, you may want to prepare a short description (about 5 sentences) describing some details about the electric car and why you are selling it. Buyers evaluate a electric car on what the owner has chosen to disclose in the seller notes and also by the owner’s writing style, so be sure to use proper grammar.

You never know who is looking to buy a electric car, so sharing your online ad to other sites like Facebook or Twitter is a great way to broaden your audience.

Close the Deal

  • Once a buyer contacts you, gather all your documents and paperwork and schedule a test drive. Be prepared negotiate a bit on the price.
  • When you schedule test-drives, it is generally a good idea to meet in a public space, and to accompany the person while they drive the electric car.
  • When the time comes to make the payment transaction, the best bets are cash or cashier’s check ideally from a local bank.

Transfer Ownership

  • Before you hand over the keys or sign over the title, make sure the payment has cleared.

  • As exciting as it may be, don’t rush the transaction – if the buyer is using anything other than cash, confirm it with a bank.

  • Sign over the title and write up a bill of sale. Be sure to have both you and the buyer sign both.

Depending on your country, you may need to contact the DMV to notify them of the sale. At this point, you may want to contact your insurance company to cancel the coverage attached to the electric car.

Still have questions?

Selling your electric car can feel overwhelming. Here are some additional resources to help you successfully sell your electric car.

IZIAUTOEV.COM — When selling your car privately, take a cue from dealers and make the car as attractive as possible. Use these guidelines:

  • Start by cleaning your car thoroughly. Wash and wax the exterior, remove all interior and trunk clutter, vacuum and wipe down all interior surfaces, and clean all the windows. You could have it detailed by a professional to save time. This can range from 20€ to 50€ for a simple clean and wash, or from 100€ to 200€ for full detailing (shampoo, wax, etc.).
  • Replace burnt-out lights or fuses and top off all fluid levels.
  • Get a vehicle history report to present to potential buyers; this provides credibility and builds trust.
  • If you have detailed inspection records, prepare itemized copies (with service receipts) for prospective buyers. This shows you’ve kept up with maintenance and suggests you’re selling a reliable vehicle.
  • Many buyers will want to have your car inspected by a mechanic of their choice. You may want to have your own mechanic inspect the car prior to placing the ad in order to avoid potential surprises closer to sale.
  • You could also have your car inspected by a third-party service. These companies inspect your electric car at your home or office and independently verify its description and general status. These services cost around 100€. You can find service providers online or in your local phone book.
  • Make a copy of your vehicle title in preparation for the sale. If you don’t have the title, call your lending institution and request they send it to you with a lien release. If you paid off the loan years ago and the lending institution no longer exists, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation can help you obtain your title.

IZIAUTOEV.COM — The key to selling your car is pricing it wisely. A common problem among private-party sellers is overpricing. Avoid that mistake by doing some initial research:

  • Provide an honest evaluation of your car’s condition to get a true idea of its worth. Remember: A potential buyer will tend to be more critical of the car’s condition.
  • Search used-car listings to see how similar models are priced in your area.
  • Research dealer pricing, but don’t expect to get the same amount in your sale. Dealer sales provide some benefits that private-party sales do not, such as return and exchange policies, limited warranties, etc.
  • Factor in likely repair work. If your car is worth 10,000€ but needs a new clutch, then don’t expect to receive full value. Reduce the price in accordance with necessary repairs.
  • You may want to consider adding “or best offer” language to your asking price. Including OBO could result in more leads, but it may also result in lower initial offers.
  • Be realistic: Is your used car still a popular and viable model, or are you driving a relic of an earlier age? Be honest with yourself and price it accordingly.

IZIAUTOEV.COM — Clear, honest and thorough details about your vehicle builds trust. You have about a thousand words of space to let buyers know what’s great about your electric car. Don’t forget: Be cautious of grammar and spelling errors.

Be Realistic

The comments section makes the car real to buyers. Be sure to be realistic about your vehicle; buyers expect used cars to have some wear on them. If you’re pricing above market value, you’ll need use this section to state why the price is higher.

Answer Buyers’ Questions Before They Ask

In addition to listing your car’s features, be sure to answer any questions buyers are likely to ask. Read our samples on the right.

Take Pointers From the Experts

Feedback we hear from successful sellers includes things like using capital letters to HIGHLIGHT specific information, identifying unique features or benefits (including aftermarket additions), mentioning if you’re a non-smoker, and writing a hook phrase that would interest a potential buyer.

Common Errors

Avoid generalities such as “Loaded!” or “Like new!” Instead, be specific: Loaded with what? And how is it “like new”? Does it have low mileage for its age? Is the interior immaculate?

IZIAUTOEV.COM — Whether you’re dealing with a buyer in person, via email or over the telephone, always be careful when accepting payment. Scam artists are good at what they do; remember these steps to make yourself less vulnerable:

  • Never wire money to a potential buyer under any circumstances. If a buyer pays via a check or money order, accept only the exact amount of the sales price.
  • Confirm with the issuing bank that the check is valid. Look up contact information for the bank on your own, as a forged check likely will include a phony bank address and phone number.
  • When possible, go to the bank with the buyer to verify the check’s authenticity. In addition, it’s a good idea to request a cashier’s check drawn from a local branch.
  • Stick to your timeline and don’t rush the transaction. If the bank is closed when the buyer wants to pay you, hold off until you can verify the check’s validity. If possible, wait until the check clears the bank before handing over ownership of the vehicle. How long that takes will depend on your bank, but it should be less than a week.
  • If the buyer chooses to pay by money order, follow the same safe-payment guidelines for accepting checks. Verify the name and amount with the issuing bank, and request a money order from a local bank whenever possible.
  • If those methods leave you feeling squeamish, there’s always cold, hard cash.

IZIAUTOEV.COM — Transferring ownership to the buyer is easy, but details vary by country. We list a few guidelines regarding this part of the transaction, but check with your local Department of Motor Vehicles for location-specific details:

  • Before potential buyers take their first look at your car, make sure you have the title in your possession — provided the car is paid off. You’ll need to sign this over to the new owner.
  • Ownership-transfer legalities vary from country to country, so get the details from your local DMV.
  • To avoid future liability, notify the DMV that you sold your car. Country have different mechanisms for gathering this information; some require you to file a notice of sale after you’ve signed over the title to the new owner. Make sure you research your local requirements completely and fulfill every condition.
  • It’s a good idea to fill out a bill of sale, even though it doesn’t legally transfer ownership. Some country make this a requirement. A bill of sale lists the car’s vehicle identification number, a description of the electric car, the date of sale, the purchase price, and the names and signatures of both parties in the transaction.
  • Make copies of all paperwork.
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