Selling guide

Car selling checklist

Selling your car but not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve created a simple car selling checklist to help.

Selling your car but not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve created a simple car selling checklist to help. You don’t have to follow the checklist exactly – it’s there to tell you the most important things to remember. So don’t stress it – you’ve got this.

Paperwork to include

You’ll need up to date paperwork that’s relevant to your car (if you don’t have them, then let the buyer know). Depending on your car you may have:

  • warrant of fitness (WoF)
  • vehicle licensing (rego)
  • registration
  • road user charges (RUC)

Talking to potential car buyers

If someone’s interested in your car, do everything you can to keep them interested – this means responding to any queries quickly. If you get questions you don’t know the answer to, try answering as best you can and be honest. You can always ask a friend to help you out.

Keep it clean for viewings

There are lots of things you can do to get your car ready for viewings and test drives. Long story short, a well-presented car means you’ll have more of a chance of getting the best price when selling. So make sure you keep it clean for viewings and help buyers focus on its features.

Meeting for a test drive

When someone comes to view your car, they will most likely take it for a test drive. Agree how long the drive can be – you can either go with them or hold some form of security like their keys, wallet or phone. Make sure to check whether your insurance covers test drives and if there are any other restrictions that apply.

Buyers may also want a mechanic or inspection company to check the car for them. This will reassure them that they’re buying a good car and would be at cost to the buyer.

Preparing to negotiate (Asking/classified listings only)

Everyone wants a good deal – so be ready to negotiate. Here are some handy tips to remember:

  • Buyers will want to negotiate, so have a price range in mind.
  • Use our valuation tool to see what similar cars are currently listed for.
  • Consider features that justify the price you want – new tyres, tinted windows, low KMs etc.
  • Decide on the lowest price you’ll accept before starting the negotiation.

Handing over the keys

Woohoo – you sold your car! So, what now? Only hand over the keys when the money is in your hand or bank account.

  • Agree with the buyer how they will pay for the car.
  • Fill out a car sale receipt – this will help protect you if there are any issues after the sale.
  • Register the change of ownership with NZTA before they drive away, if not you will be responsible for any fines they get. You can do this online and all you’ll need is your driver’s license, car details, and the buyer’s name and address.
  • Make sure you pay off your finance – if you owe money on the car through a loan, you’ll need to organise paying off the finance, ideally as part of the sale so the buyer isn’t liable.
  • Don’t forget to cancel your insurance.

Looking for more advice? From cleaning your car to closing the sale and getting paid. Our full selling section will help you each step of the way.