Even if you want to quickly rid yourself of your car, selling it takes time and patience. Doing it right the first time can save you a lot of effort, money, and frustration. 

In Australia, each state and territory has its own rules regarding selling a used car. Today, we will go through how to sell a used car in Queensland.

What You Need to Sell a Used Car

Before considering selling a used car in Queensland, you must obtain certain documents and meet specific requirements.

Secure the following items:

Certificate of Inspection/Safety Certificate

A certificate of inspection (COI) is a document from an approved inspection station that certifies the safety and roadworthiness of the vehicle. This is especially important for heavy vehicles, licensed tow trucks, and buses.

For light vehicles, a safety certificate will suffice. This certificate remains valid for up to three months after the inspection date. You will need to produce it when disposing of a registered car or when facing a fine.

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Gas Certificate 

A gas certificate is required if the car has a natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas system. This document certifies that the tank and its components have been inspected and are in good working condition. Like the safety certificate, this document lasts for three months.

Unregistered Vehicle Permit

If your used car is not registered, you must obtain an unregistered vehicle permit to move it to a new location. Again, you can be fined if you don’t produce this permit.

Differences Between Selling a Registered and Unregistered Car

Selling a used car varies depending on whether it is registered or unregistered.

A registered car has been logged with an authorised transport and motoring service centre. It is only eligible for sale if it passes a roadworthy inspection and has no outstanding registration payments due.

For an unregistered car, you must produce an unregistered vehicle permit, especially if you plan to move the vehicle. Safety certificates are not required, but you must create a paper trail by keeping a record of the buyer's contact details and proof that you have received payment.

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Steps to Selling a Used Car

Now that we've covered the basics, let's talk about the practical steps to selling a used car in Queensland.

1. Repair your car if needed

Although this step is not mandatory, essential maintenance and repairs are highly recommended to boost the car’s value. You don't want to be stuck with a vehicle that needs repairs, and neither will most buyers! 

Consider having it serviced before the sale. Make sure to wash the car and clean its interiors as well.

2. Put your vehicle up for sale

You can do this by posting an advertisement in newspapers or online classifieds. One of the easiest ways to do this is to create a listing at OnlyCars. We make it easy to connect buyers and sellers in your local area.

Our goal is to make selling a car as seamless as possible. You can list it from the comfort of your home and have it sold in a flash.

Be sure to include all the necessary details about your car, such as its make and model, year of manufacture, mileage, condition, and any other relevant information that potential buyers need.

3. Price the car realistically

It is vital to price your car realistically. The value of a used vehicle is greatly affected by its condition, age, and mileage. Ensure that the price you set reflects its actual value.

When making a deal with a buyer, have a reasonable lowest price in mind, so you don't get haggled too much. Keep records of all communications and transactions related to the sale to avoid any misunderstandings or confusion.

4. Transfer the car's registration to the buyer

When the sale is complete, you must transfer the car's registration to the new owner with a transfer form issued by Queensland Transport and Main Roads.

You'll need to produce a current safety certificate and gas certificate (if applicable) during this time. If such documents are not prepared, the transfer may not continue, and you may be subjected to fines.

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Selling a used car can be daunting, but if you prepare early and follow the steps outlined above, you'll be able to sell your vehicle quickly and easily. Make sure to keep all records of the sale in order so that you don't get into any trouble down the road. Good luck!

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Jordan Ballard

Jordan Ballard

Automotive Content Editor

Jordan is a car finance and automotive industry specialist at Only Cars. With over 20 years of experience with frontline and management roles in sales, finance and other areas, Jordan has an incredible understanding of the automotive industry. As Automotive Content Editor, Jordan loves sharing his passion for cars with the Only Cars audience.