The time and effort it takes to sell a vehicle privately through Trade Me or similar is typically underestimated.
The listing process can be confusing, and often takes plenty of time to fill out accurately. You’ll need to research the current market rate of your vehicle, take decent listing photos, and write a riveting caption to accompany your used vehicle.
Then, you’ll have to field texts and calls from interested parties. They’ll likely want to meet you at inconvenient times, offer you appallingly low prices, or not turn up at all. You’ll also need to trust a stranger to take your vehicle for a test drive, and you’ll need to deal with lengthy negotiations before they decide to ultimately not buy your car. Now you’re back at square one!
When you do eventually sell, you’ll also need to beware of the buyer returning, demanding a refund and claiming you sold them a lemon!