How to Sell a Car Safely

by Daniel Potter

Selling your used vehicle will typically bring in more money than you would gain from trading it in. It is important that you do not put yourself in any dangerous situations while finding a buyer for your car. Selling your car safely will ensure a smooth transaction and a rewarding experience.

Post a “For Sale” sign in the window of your car. List a cell phone number at which you can be reached and a reasonable sale price. Clearly printing an email address as a secondary means of communication can also stimulate a response from interested buyers. Park your car in a prominent, secure and legal place to be seen.

List your vehicle on several online websites to maximize the amount of views your car will receive. Do not list a home address, home phone number or any personal information. Cell phone numbers and email addresses are the safest means of communication.

Arrange meeting times with potential buyers. Always have at least one friend or family member present with you during meetings. Meet at a place other than your home so the buyer does not know your home address. Safe places to meet at are large shopping centers, grocery stores, churches or near local police stations. Never put yourself in a situation alone with any potential buyer. Carry a cell phone at all times with the local police department's phone number in the phone.

Meet inside of your buyer’s bank and watch while they are issued a valid cashier’s check for the balance that was agreed upon for the purchase of your vehicle. Immediately deposit this check into your account. If this is not your bank, perhaps open an account to avoid leaving the building with a valuable check. This money can then be transferred to your bank on another day without the presence of the buyer.

Transfer the title of the vehicle at the department of motor vehicles or at a AAA location. Do not meet your buyer alone at either of these places. After the title is transferred, give the car keys to the new owner. Contact your insurance company to notify them that you are no longer the registered owner of the vehicle.


  • check Do all transactions during daytime hours and in prominent public locations.


  • close There is safety in numbers, so do not ever meet a potential buyer alone.

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About the Author

Daniel Potter has a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in management as well as an associate's degree with an emphasis in English. Potter has written for Demand Studios since 2008 and several other private ventures. Potter prefers to write for eHow about all topics.