4 Easy Tips to Increase the Resale Value of Your Car

March, 2022

If you have no experience in selling cars, trying to sell your own can seem like a daunting task. It might have you questioning “where do I start?” or “what is the resale value of my car?”. There are a few things that you can do to help streamline the process to make it quicker and easier plus, these 4 tips could help you increase the resale value of your car. It’s a win, win!

Research is key

Know your car

The first step in increasing the resale value of your car is to know the current value of your car, and to do this you need to know your vehicle’s details such as year, make, model, variant, kilometres travelled, transmission and colour. Once you have all the vehicle details, you can get to work.

Search online

There are multiple websites that you can access which use third party pricing data to provide you with a resale value estimate. These guides do not take into account a vehicle’s condition or any added extras, so make sure you look online at similar vehicles for sale. You need to compare apples with apples, you cannot expect to get the same amount of money as a vehicle with 20,000km if your car has travelled 80,000km or has damage to the front bumper.

Car condition and maintenance

As mentioned above, car condition will play a big part in the resale value of your car. If you have looked after your car over the years, kept it clean and tidy, and had it serviced regularly, this will help increase the car’s resale value. On the flip side, if you have scuffed alloy wheels, shopping trolley dents, a dirty interior and a poor service schedule, you can guarantee it will all work against you so look at getting your car into tip-top shape before selling.
If you do not have the time or the funds to tidy up your car, consider these items when pricing your vehicle as the buyer will likely have to pay to repair it out of their own pocket.

Stand out

At the time of publishing this blog, Carsales had 27,344 vehicles for sale in Western Australia. That is a lot of competition when you are trying to sell your car. So how can you stand out from the crowd?


There are some cars listed on selling websites that use dark and blurry photos, don’t be one of them! Phones these days take very good pictures so you won’t need any fancy equipment, just a couple of tricks.

  • Find a nice open background to shoot your car.
  • Make sure the sun isn’t glaring off of the vehicle’s surface and try not to have shadows or shade partially covering, it makes it hard to see the curves and shape of the car and can make the interior hard to shoot.
  • Keep the images clean and clear. You don’t need to go overboard with photo editing.
  • Get a wide variety of photos, at a minimum 20.


Sell your car the way you would expect it to be sold to you. If your car has a ton of safety features, make sure potential buyers know about it! Does your car have a sunroof? Highlight it. Upgraded GVM? Let them know! Not all unique features are visible with photography so make sure you highlight the key features in your ad with some compelling copy.

Use an experienced and reputable dealer

If you don’t think you can handle strangers coming to your house and test driving your car, then don’t risk it! Sell your vehicle to an experienced dealer like Carz4u in Perth. Our buyers have access to current and detailed data to help provide an accurate valuation of your car. We can save you all the hassle by providing a top dollar valuation, paying out any existing finance, get you paid within 24 hours and even give you a lift home.

If you would like to know the resale value of your car, get a quick and easy valuation from the expert team at Carz4u.

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