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How to Sell a Car in Saskatchewan

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Used car sales in Saskatchewan have been on the rise in recent years, with over 215,000 used vehicles sold privately in 2021 alone. With the right preparation and know-how, selling your used car privately can be an easy way to get more money for your vehicle compared to trading it in.

The key steps for successfully selling your car privately in Saskatchewan include: determining your car’s value; prepping it for sale; photographing it; writing a compelling ad; pricing it right; advertising it widely; preparing the paperwork; showing the car to prospective buyers; negotiating effectively; and finalizing the ownership transfer. Follow these steps carefully to maximize your payout and avoid headaches.

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Determine Your Car’s Value

Determining the current market value of your car is one of the most important steps when selling privately in Saskatchewan. You want to price your vehicle competitively but also maximize your profit.

Research comparable vehicles for pricing using resources like AutoTrader, Kijiji Autos, and online valuation tools. Consider the following factors when determining your car’s value:

 

  • Mileage – Lower mileage typically increases value
  • Condition – Excellent condition with no body damage or mechanical issues
  • Features – Options like leather seats, sunroof, navigation system
  • Make/Model/Year – More desirable brands and vehicles tend to have higher values
  • Location – Pricing can vary depending on demand in different regions of Saskatchewan

 

Checking listings for similar vehicles in your local market will give you an accurate price range to start from. Adjust your asking price accordingly based on the unique attributes and condition of your car.

Online valuation tools like the Canadian Black Book can also provide estimated values for your specific car’s make, model, year and features. This will help you set a competitive asking price.

Aim to price your car slightly above comparable listings, leaving some room for negotiation. But don’t inflate the price too high or you may scare away potential buyers.

 

Get Your Car Ready for Sale

Getting your car looking its best before listing it for sale is an important step. You want potential buyers to be able to imagine themselves driving your car without distraction from issues like a dirty interior or body damage.

Here are some tips for getting your car sale-ready:

 

  • Clean the interior thoroughly – vacuum carpets, wipe down surfaces, clean the windows, etc. Remove any clutter or personal items.
  • Wash and wax the exterior, making sure to get rid of any dirt buildup or grime.
  • Make any needed repairs – fix oil leaks, replace broken lights, repair dents/scratches, etc. Buyers will notice these things.
  • Get professional detailing done if needed to deal with any stubborn stains, odors, or interior/exterior issues.
  • Replace windshield wipers if needed.
  • Check tire tread and replace tires if the tread is getting low.
  • Test all functions – windows, locks, electronics, wipers, etc. Fix any issues.

 

A clean, damage-free vehicle makes a great impression on potential buyers. Investing some money into getting your car looking its best can really pay off in its resale value.

 

Take Great Photos

Taking high-quality photos of your car is crucial to attracting potential buyers online. You want the photos to portray your car in the best possible light.

Start by thoroughly cleaning and detailing the exterior of the vehicle. Wash and wax the car so it looks immaculate. Make sure the tires are clean and shiny. Clean the windows inside and out. Vacuum and shampoo the interior carpets and seats. Wipe down the dash and trim. Your car should sparkle for its photo shoot!

When taking photos, park the car in a location with a clean, uncluttered background. Avoid backgrounds with distracting elements. Face the car away from the sun to avoid glare and shadows. An overcast day works great for photography. You may also take the photos in a garage or covered area to control lighting.

Take photos from multiple angles – front, back, sides, 3/4 views. Open the doors and trunk for interior shots. Get in tight for detail shots of the dash, seats, odometer etc. Take wide shots of the full interior to showcase the space and condition. Roll down windows to get unobstructed exterior views.

Use your camera or phone on the highest resolution setting. Disable any software enhancements or filters. You want the photos to represent the actual condition. Take more shots than you think you need so you have options to choose from.

With good preparation and photography, you can really make your car shine online and entice buyers to come see it in person!

 

Write a Good Ad

The car ad is your main marketing tool for attracting potential buyers. You’ll want to include all the key details about your car in an appealing, reader-friendly format. Here are some tips for writing effective classified ads that get attention:

Note mileage, features, condition details – Don’t just say “2008 Honda Civic for sale.” Specify the year, brand, model, trim package, mileage, engine size, fuel type, transmission, and any standout options like a sunroof or leather seats. Also note the overall condition – used, good condition, excellent condition, etc.

Be honest about any flaws – Note any dents, scratches, rust, or mechanical issues. Being upfront shows you have nothing to hide. Minor cosmetic issues that you disclose likely won’t deter serious buyers.

Include contact info and preferred method of communication – Note your name, phone number, email, and times that work best to contact you. Many buyers will want to call or text initially. Specify if you prefer emails.

Add photos – Quality photos showing the exterior, interior, dashboard, etc. will generate the most interest. Try taking pictures in bright, outdoor light when possible.

Write catchy ad copy – Use persuasive wording beyond just the facts. For example, “This fun-to-drive Honda Civic is a gas sipper with plenty of zip!” Brief attention-grabbing headlines also help ads stand out.

Keep it short and scannable – Individuals tend to skim classifieds quickly. Highlight the car’s selling points up top in a compact, easy-to-read format. Paragraphs are great for details.

Proofread before posting – Double check for any errors or omissions in your ad text. They can diminish the appeal and trustworthiness.

 

Price Your Car

Pricing your car competitively is an important part of marketing it effectively and selling it for the highest value. Most buyers will compare your car to similar vehicles for sale in the area, so you’ll want to price it appropriately.

A common strategy is to price your car slightly above your minimum target price. This leaves you with some room to negotiate down to the price you actually want to sell it for. You can always lower your asking price later if needed, but it’s hard to raise it after listing the vehicle.

Thoroughly research prices of similar vehicles currently for sale in your local market. Compare the mileage, condition, year, make and model trims. Adjust your price accordingly based on the exact specs and demand for your particular car.

Online sites like Autotrader, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace make it easy to evaluate pricing of comparable vehicles. You may also find it helpful to get a vehicle appraisal from sites like Kelley Blue Book (KBB) to determine your car’s estimated value.

Set your price at the high end of, but still within, the fair market value range for your vehicle. This allows you to negotiate down while still getting the maximum sale price.

 

Advertise Your Car For Sale

Once your car is cleaned up, repaired, and photographed, it’s time to get the word out that it’s for sale! Here are some tips on advertising your used car for sale privately:

Online platforms like AutoTrader, Kijiji Autos, Facebook Marketplace are great for reaching a wide audience of local buyers. Create a detailed ad with lots of photos, key selling points, and specifics like mileage, features, maintenance records, etc. Refresh your ad regularly so it stays at the top of search results.

You can also print flyers with key details about the car and your contact info and post them on community bulletin boards, if desired. This can help reach buyers who may not be actively searching online. Make sure to remove the flyers once your car sells.

Only advertise locally to avoid scams and ensure buyers can inspect the car in person before purchasing. Avoid advertising on Craiglist, as it has a reputation for attracting scammers.

Be prepared for your phone and inbox to get pretty busy once your ad is live! pre-screen buyers by asking a few questions to weed out bad leads before agreeing to showings.

 

Prepare the Paperwork

When selling a used car privately in Saskatchewan, you’ll need to have some important paperwork ready in order to properly transfer ownership. Here are the key documents to prepare beforehand:

 

Bill of Sale

You’ll need to complete a bill of sale to record the transaction details, including:

 

  • Date of sale
  • Names and contact info for buyer and seller
  • Vehicle details like make, model, year, VIN, mileage
  • Sale price

 

This document protects both the buyer and seller. Have two copies signed by both parties – one for you and one for the buyer.

 

Transfer of Ownership Form

On the back of the vehicle’s registration certificate is a transfer of ownership form. Fill this out, including:

 

  • Odometer reading
  • Date of sale
  • Buyer and seller details

 

The seller must sign this to release interest in the vehicle. It officially transfers ownership to the buyer.

 

Maintenance Records

While not required, providing maintenance records and repair invoices can add transparency and assurance for the buyer. Highlight scheduled maintenance and any major repairs or replacements to show how well you cared for the vehicle.

Having these key paperwork pieces prepared makes for an organized, smooth sales transaction.

 

Show the Car

Once you start getting inquiries about your car, you’ll need to set up appointments for potential buyers to come see it. For your safety, only show the car by appointment.

When buyers arrive, verify that they have a valid driver’s license and current insurance before allowing a test drive. Photocopy their license and proof of insurance or take a photo with your phone. Test drives should be limited to 10-15 minutes. Pick a fixed test drive route in your neighbourhood and require that a licensed and insured driver accompany them.

Have all your paperwork ready when showing the car, including the bill of sale, ownership transfer form, and any maintenance records. Provide copies to serious buyers. This shows you have nothing to hide and makes it easier for them to purchase your car.

Never let an unaccompanied potential buyer test drive the car alone. And make sure you feel comfortable with the person before handing over the keys. Trust your instincts – if someone seems suspicious, do not allow a test drive.

Showings should be done during the day, in a safe public place if possible. A busy parking lot is ideal. Ask a friend or family member to accompany you if you don’t feel safe.

Take reasonable precautions when showing your car for sale. This will help attract legitimate buyers while keeping you and your vehicle secure.

 

Negotiate With Potential Buyers

Once you start getting inquiries from interested buyers, be prepared to negotiate on price. Here are some tips for negotiating successfully:

 

  • Be flexible but don’t go below your minimum price. Know the lowest price you’re willing to accept before going into the negotiation.
  • If buyers request a CARFAX report, be prepared to show it to them. The report provides details on accidents, liens, ownership history, and mileage.
  • Stay calm and professional throughout the negotiations, no matter how they go. Don’t take lowball offers personally.
  • Be transparent about any issues with the car. This builds trust and goodwill.
  • Listen carefully to buyers’ concerns and be ready to address them. For example, if they’re concerned about high mileage, highlight recent maintenance.
  • Avoid exaggerating claims about the car’s condition or making guarantees you can’t back up. Stick to the facts.
  • Negotiate one issue at a time rather than making bundled concessions. Look for creative win-win solutions.
  • Make sure any verbal agreements are put in writing in the bill of sale.

 

By following these tips, you can negotiate effectively with buyers while protecting your bottom line. The goal is to sell the car for a fair price with terms you’re comfortable with.

 

Close the Sale

Once you’ve agreed on a price and the buyer is ready to purchase your vehicle, it’s time to close the sale. Here are the key steps:

 

Verify the Buyer’s Identification, Insurance, and Funding

Before signing anything or letting the buyer take the car, be sure to verify their identity by checking a piece of government-issued photo ID. Also verify that the buyer has valid insurance for the vehicle by contacting their insurance provider. Finally, make sure the buyer has the funds available through a bank draft, certified cheque, cash, or electronic transfer.

 

Sign the Bill of Sale

Have both yourself and the buyer sign the Bill of Sale document, which outlines the details of the transaction including the purchase price, vehicle identification, date, and buyer/seller information. This serves as proof the car has been sold.

 

Complete the Transfer of Ownership Paperwork

On the back of your vehicle registration certificate is a Transfer of Ownership form. Fill this out with the buyer’s details, sign it, and provide it to the buyer along with the Bill of Sale.

 

Exchange Payment for Signed Paperwork

Once all documentation has been filled out and signed, exchange the payment (bank draft, cash, etc.) for the signed Bill of Sale and Transfer of Ownership paperwork. Congratulations, you’ve officially sold your car!

Following these closing steps carefully ensures both you and the buyer are protected in the transaction.

 

Finalize the Transfer of Ownership

Once you’ve agreed on a price and the buyer has paid, it’s time to finalize the transfer of ownership. Here are the steps to complete in Saskatchewan:

Submit the signed transfer of ownership form to SGI within 2 business days. This form is on the back of the vehicle’s registration certificate. Make sure all sections are filled out including:

 

  • Seller and buyer names and signatures
  • Date of sale
  • Odometer reading

 

You can submit the form by mail or in person at any SGI branch. Keep a copy for your records.

Provide the buyer with a bill of sale, specifying the following:

 

  • Your name and buyer’s name
  • Date of sale
  • Vehicle details – make, model, year, VIN
  • Sale price
  • Both parties’ signatures

 

This officially transfers ownership to the buyer. Be sure to keep a copy of the signed bill of sale for your records.

Congratulations, you have now successfully sold your car privately in Saskatchewan! Taking the time to properly transfer ownership protects both the buyer and seller.

 

Tips for Avoiding Scams and Staying Safe

Selling a car privately can be risky if you don’t take steps to protect yourself. Here are some tips to avoid scams and stay safe during the sale:

 

Meet in a Public Place

Always arrange to meet potential buyers in a public place, such as outside a police station or bank. This helps ensure your safety and prevents you from being scammed.

 

Verify Buyer’s Identity

Ask to see the buyer’s driver’s license and proof of insurance before allowing a test drive. Also verify their contact information to make sure it’s legitimate.

 

Accept Only Certified Payment

Never accept cash, personal checks, or wire transfers, which can be fraudulent. Require a certified check from the bank or certified funds. Wait until the funds fully clear before signing over the title.

By taking these simple precautions, you can avoid many common scams and complete the sale safely.

 

Alternatives to Selling Privately

Although selling your car privately can potentially net more money, it also requires more time and effort on your part. Here are a couple alternatives to consider:

 

Trading in to a dealer

Many car dealerships will accept trade-ins and give you credit toward your next vehicle purchase. This option is quick and convenient, but you’ll likely get less money than selling privately since the dealer needs to make a profit when reselling your vehicle.

 

Selling to a used car dealer or “We Buy Cars” service

There are businesses that will buy your car outright, saving you the hassle of a private sale. This option is fast, but again you likely won’t maximize your selling price. Shop around to different dealers and get quotes before deciding.

Weigh the pros and cons of these alternatives against selling privately. Consider factors like how quickly you need to sell, how much effort you’re willing to put in, and your desired sale price.

 

Conclusion

If you’ve made it this far, you now know everything you need to successfully sell your car privately in Saskatchewan. Let’s recap the main steps:

 

  1. Determine your car’s value using online pricing tools and checking comparable listings.
  1. Prepare your car for sale – clean it thoroughly, fix any issues, gather service records, etc.
  1. Take high-quality photos and write an effective online ad emphasizing the car’s benefits.
  1. Research comparable listings to price your car competitively.
  1. Advertise on online classifieds and spread the word to get maximum exposure.
  1. Gather the proper ownership transfer paperwork and have it ready to go.
  1. Show the car by appointment and let buyers test drive it.
  1. Negotiate fairly and be ready to compromise on price for the right buyer.
  1. Once you’ve agreed on price, finalize the paperwork and payment.
  1. Officially transfer ownership and notify the Department of motor vehicles.

 

When selling privately, be vigilant about potential scams – verify identities, only accept cash or secure forms of payment, and trust your instincts. Meet in public places and bring someone with you for security if needed.

With the right preparation and pricing, selling your car yourself can maximize your profit vs. trading in. And you can reliably find a buyer who will appreciate the car as much as you have. With some time and effort, you can have a smooth and successful private car sale.

Questions About Selling Your Car in Saskatchewan?

To sell your car privately in Saskatchewan, you need to complete a Bill of Sale and a Transfer of Ownership form. Meet the buyer in person, have them test drive the car, agree on a price, and sign both documents to transfer ownership. The Bill of Sale should include the vehicle details, sale date, purchase price, and buyer/seller contact info. The buyer needs to register the change of ownership with SGI within 30 days.

When selling a used car privately in Saskatchewan, you need a completed and signed Bill of Sale, as well as the Transfer of Ownership form found on the back of the car’s registration certificate. Provide the buyer with both documents, along with any service records, owner’s manuals, spare keys, etc. Keep a copy of the paperwork for your records.

No, a safety inspection certificate is not required by law in order to sell a used car privately in Saskatchewan. However, having a recent safety inspection done can give buyers more confidence and may help you negotiate a better selling price. Provide any inspection reports or maintenance records you have to demonstrate the vehicle’s roadworthiness.

When selling a used car privately in Saskatchewan to another individual, no sales tax applies on the purchase price. However, if you sell the car to a licensed automotive dealer, you may need to pay PST on the vehicle minus any trade-in value. There is no GST charged on private used car sales in Canada.

 

No, it is illegal to sell a car that has an outstanding loan or lien still held against it without first paying it off in full. This applies even when selling privately. Before selling your car, contact the financing company to determine the payoff balance so that you can use the sale proceeds to settle the lien and provide the buyer with a lien-free title.

There is no legal limit in Saskatchewan on the number of personal vehicles someone can sell privately in a given year. However, selling 5 or more cars per year would generally be considered operating as an unregistered dealer or “curber” which is illegal. At most, you should only sell 1 or maybe 2 personal cars per year.

When buying a used car, the buyer needs the signed Transfer of Ownership form and Bill of Sale from the seller, which officially transfers the title of the car into their name. Within 30 days, the buyer must update the car’s registration under their name using an Application for Vehicle Registration.

To transfer ownership of a car in Saskatchewan, the seller must sign over the Transfer of Ownership form on the back of the vehicle’s registration certificate. The buyer and seller should also complete a Bill of Sale with all relevant details. Finally, the buyer must update the registration under their name through an Autopac agent or SGI within 30 days.

Yes, used cars sold by private sellers in Saskatchewan are considered sold “as is” by default, unless specifically stated otherwise in the Bill of Sale. There is no implied warranty from a private seller. Have the vehicle inspected before purchase and test drive it thoroughly to determine mechanical condition.

If you lost your car’s ownership certificate in Saskatchewan, you can obtain replacement paperwork from SGI for a fee before transferring ownership. Provide the serial number, make, model, year, and confirmation you are the legal owner. This will allow you to properly sell and transfer title to the buyer.

No, the Saskatchewan provincial government does not charge any PST or GST on private used car sales – only on dealer retail purchases. The Bill of Sale should list the full negotiated sale price without deducting any taxes. This keeps the sale tax free for both parties.

Yes, according to SGI regulations vehicles that are more than 25 years old based on model year are not eligible for registration and licensing in Saskatchewan, unless certified as a collector/vintage car. So it may be difficult for buyers to actually register a 26+ year old car.

A proper Bill of Sale for selling a car privately in Saskatchewan should include: date of sale, buyer and seller names/addresses, vehicle details (VIN, make, model, year, color), purchase price, terms and conditions, both parties’ signatures. Any additional details about condition, included accessories etc can also be useful.

Saskatchewan has very limited legal protection for private used car buyers compared to dealer purchases. There is no implied warranty or ability to return the car unless explicitly stated in a signed contract. Have the car inspected beforehand and test drive thoroughly before finalizing the purchase.

The seller is responsible for contacting SGI to cancel the registration and insurance on the old car shortly after selling it. This keeps you from paying unnecessary insurance premiums. Advise the new owner to have their own Autopac insurance set up before they drive the vehicle.

If the new buyer fails to transfer registration after 30 days in Saskatchewan, notify SGI in writing that you have sold the car, provide the buyer’s information, return the plates, and cancel your active insurance policy on that car. This absolves you of legal liability even if the new owner is driving uninsured.

No. Saskatchewan law requires all motor vehicle dealers obtain valid ID from sellers and hold cars for 10 days before reselling, to deter trafficking of stolen vehicles. As a seller, only deal with reputable dealers who properly verify your identity and ownership documents.

 

You can sell your car to a Saskatchewan buyer if it has out-of-province registration, but they will need to properly import and register it in SK after purchase, which may include extra fees/paperwork. Disclose this requirement to any potential buyers beforehand so there are no surprises.

To maximize resale value in Saskatchewan’s used car market: properly maintain your car and keep detailed service records, invest in repairs for identified problems before sale, thoroughly clean the interior/exterior, obtain a safety inspection certificate indicating roadworthiness, and consider touch up paint or minor body work if cost effective.

 

Determine Your Car’s Value

Determining the current market value of your car is one of the most important steps when selling privately in Saskatchewan. You want to price your vehicle competitively but also maximize your profit.

Research comparable vehicles for pricing using resources like AutoTrader, Kijiji Autos, and online valuation tools. Consider the following factors when determining your car’s value:

 

  • Mileage – Lower mileage typically increases value
  • Condition – Excellent condition with no body damage or mechanical issues
  • Features – Options like leather seats, sunroof, navigation system
  • Make/Model/Year – More desirable brands and vehicles tend to have higher values
  • Location – Pricing can vary depending on demand in different regions of Saskatchewan

 

Checking listings for similar vehicles in your local market will give you an accurate price range to start from. Adjust your asking price accordingly based on the unique attributes and condition of your car.

Online valuation tools like the Canadian Black Book can also provide estimated values for your specific car’s make, model, year and features. This will help you set a competitive asking price.

Aim to price your car slightly above comparable listings, leaving some room for negotiation. But don’t inflate the price too high or you may scare away potential buyers.

 

Get Your Car Ready for Sale

Getting your car looking its best before listing it for sale is an important step. You want potential buyers to be able to imagine themselves driving your car without distraction from issues like a dirty interior or body damage.

Here are some tips for getting your car sale-ready:

 

  • Clean the interior thoroughly – vacuum carpets, wipe down surfaces, clean the windows, etc. Remove any clutter or personal items.
  • Wash and wax the exterior, making sure to get rid of any dirt buildup or grime.
  • Make any needed repairs – fix oil leaks, replace broken lights, repair dents/scratches, etc. Buyers will notice these things.
  • Get professional detailing done if needed to deal with any stubborn stains, odors, or interior/exterior issues.
  • Replace windshield wipers if needed.
  • Check tire tread and replace tires if the tread is getting low.
  • Test all functions – windows, locks, electronics, wipers, etc. Fix any issues.

 

A clean, damage-free vehicle makes a great impression on potential buyers. Investing some money into getting your car looking its best can really pay off in its resale value.

 

Take Great Photos

Taking high-quality photos of your car is crucial to attracting potential buyers online. You want the photos to portray your car in the best possible light.

Start by thoroughly cleaning and detailing the exterior of the vehicle. Wash and wax the car so it looks immaculate. Make sure the tires are clean and shiny. Clean the windows inside and out. Vacuum and shampoo the interior carpets and seats. Wipe down the dash and trim. Your car should sparkle for its photo shoot!

When taking photos, park the car in a location with a clean, uncluttered background. Avoid backgrounds with distracting elements. Face the car away from the sun to avoid glare and shadows. An overcast day works great for photography. You may also take the photos in a garage or covered area to control lighting.

Take photos from multiple angles – front, back, sides, 3/4 views. Open the doors and trunk for interior shots. Get in tight for detail shots of the dash, seats, odometer etc. Take wide shots of the full interior to showcase the space and condition. Roll down windows to get unobstructed exterior views.

Use your camera or phone on the highest resolution setting. Disable any software enhancements or filters. You want the photos to represent the actual condition. Take more shots than you think you need so you have options to choose from.

With good preparation and photography, you can really make your car shine online and entice buyers to come see it in person!

 

Write a Good Ad

The car ad is your main marketing tool for attracting potential buyers. You’ll want to include all the key details about your car in an appealing, reader-friendly format. Here are some tips for writing effective classified ads that get attention:

Note mileage, features, condition details – Don’t just say “2008 Honda Civic for sale.” Specify the year, brand, model, trim package, mileage, engine size, fuel type, transmission, and any standout options like a sunroof or leather seats. Also note the overall condition – used, good condition, excellent condition, etc.

Be honest about any flaws – Note any dents, scratches, rust, or mechanical issues. Being upfront shows you have nothing to hide. Minor cosmetic issues that you disclose likely won’t deter serious buyers.

Include contact info and preferred method of communication – Note your name, phone number, email, and times that work best to contact you. Many buyers will want to call or text initially. Specify if you prefer emails.

Add photos – Quality photos showing the exterior, interior, dashboard, etc. will generate the most interest. Try taking pictures in bright, outdoor light when possible.

Write catchy ad copy – Use persuasive wording beyond just the facts. For example, “This fun-to-drive Honda Civic is a gas sipper with plenty of zip!” Brief attention-grabbing headlines also help ads stand out.

Keep it short and scannable – Individuals tend to skim classifieds quickly. Highlight the car’s selling points up top in a compact, easy-to-read format. Paragraphs are great for details.

Proofread before posting – Double check for any errors or omissions in your ad text. They can diminish the appeal and trustworthiness.

 

Price Your Car

Pricing your car competitively is an important part of marketing it effectively and selling it for the highest value. Most buyers will compare your car to similar vehicles for sale in the area, so you’ll want to price it appropriately.

A common strategy is to price your car slightly above your minimum target price. This leaves you with some room to negotiate down to the price you actually want to sell it for. You can always lower your asking price later if needed, but it’s hard to raise it after listing the vehicle.

Thoroughly research prices of similar vehicles currently for sale in your local market. Compare the mileage, condition, year, make and model trims. Adjust your price accordingly based on the exact specs and demand for your particular car.

Online sites like Autotrader, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace make it easy to evaluate pricing of comparable vehicles. You may also find it helpful to get a vehicle appraisal from sites like Kelley Blue Book (KBB) to determine your car’s estimated value.

Set your price at the high end of, but still within, the fair market value range for your vehicle. This allows you to negotiate down while still getting the maximum sale price.

 

Advertise Your Car For Sale

Once your car is cleaned up, repaired, and photographed, it’s time to get the word out that it’s for sale! Here are some tips on advertising your used car for sale privately:

Online platforms like AutoTrader, Kijiji Autos, Facebook Marketplace are great for reaching a wide audience of local buyers. Create a detailed ad with lots of photos, key selling points, and specifics like mileage, features, maintenance records, etc. Refresh your ad regularly so it stays at the top of search results.

You can also print flyers with key details about the car and your contact info and post them on community bulletin boards, if desired. This can help reach buyers who may not be actively searching online. Make sure to remove the flyers once your car sells.

Only advertise locally to avoid scams and ensure buyers can inspect the car in person before purchasing. Avoid advertising on Craiglist, as it has a reputation for attracting scammers.

Be prepared for your phone and inbox to get pretty busy once your ad is live! pre-screen buyers by asking a few questions to weed out bad leads before agreeing to showings.

 

Prepare the Paperwork

When selling a used car privately in Saskatchewan, you’ll need to have some important paperwork ready in order to properly transfer ownership. Here are the key documents to prepare beforehand:

 

Bill of Sale

You’ll need to complete a bill of sale to record the transaction details, including:

 

  • Date of sale
  • Names and contact info for buyer and seller
  • Vehicle details like make, model, year, VIN, mileage
  • Sale price

 

This document protects both the buyer and seller. Have two copies signed by both parties – one for you and one for the buyer.

 

Transfer of Ownership Form

On the back of the vehicle’s registration certificate is a transfer of ownership form. Fill this out, including:

 

  • Odometer reading
  • Date of sale
  • Buyer and seller details

 

The seller must sign this to release interest in the vehicle. It officially transfers ownership to the buyer.

 

Maintenance Records

While not required, providing maintenance records and repair invoices can add transparency and assurance for the buyer. Highlight scheduled maintenance and any major repairs or replacements to show how well you cared for the vehicle.

Having these key paperwork pieces prepared makes for an organized, smooth sales transaction.

 

Show the Car

Once you start getting inquiries about your car, you’ll need to set up appointments for potential buyers to come see it. For your safety, only show the car by appointment.

When buyers arrive, verify that they have a valid driver’s license and current insurance before allowing a test drive. Photocopy their license and proof of insurance or take a photo with your phone. Test drives should be limited to 10-15 minutes. Pick a fixed test drive route in your neighbourhood and require that a licensed and insured driver accompany them.

Have all your paperwork ready when showing the car, including the bill of sale, ownership transfer form, and any maintenance records. Provide copies to serious buyers. This shows you have nothing to hide and makes it easier for them to purchase your car.

Never let an unaccompanied potential buyer test drive the car alone. And make sure you feel comfortable with the person before handing over the keys. Trust your instincts – if someone seems suspicious, do not allow a test drive.

Showings should be done during the day, in a safe public place if possible. A busy parking lot is ideal. Ask a friend or family member to accompany you if you don’t feel safe.

Take reasonable precautions when showing your car for sale. This will help attract legitimate buyers while keeping you and your vehicle secure.

 

Negotiate With Potential Buyers

Once you start getting inquiries from interested buyers, be prepared to negotiate on price. Here are some tips for negotiating successfully:

 

  • Be flexible but don’t go below your minimum price. Know the lowest price you’re willing to accept before going into the negotiation.
  • If buyers request a CARFAX report, be prepared to show it to them. The report provides details on accidents, liens, ownership history, and mileage.
  • Stay calm and professional throughout the negotiations, no matter how they go. Don’t take lowball offers personally.
  • Be transparent about any issues with the car. This builds trust and goodwill.
  • Listen carefully to buyers’ concerns and be ready to address them. For example, if they’re concerned about high mileage, highlight recent maintenance.
  • Avoid exaggerating claims about the car’s condition or making guarantees you can’t back up. Stick to the facts.
  • Negotiate one issue at a time rather than making bundled concessions. Look for creative win-win solutions.
  • Make sure any verbal agreements are put in writing in the bill of sale.

 

By following these tips, you can negotiate effectively with buyers while protecting your bottom line. The goal is to sell the car for a fair price with terms you’re comfortable with.

 

Close the Sale

Once you’ve agreed on a price and the buyer is ready to purchase your vehicle, it’s time to close the sale. Here are the key steps:

 

Verify the Buyer’s Identification, Insurance, and Funding

Before signing anything or letting the buyer take the car, be sure to verify their identity by checking a piece of government-issued photo ID. Also verify that the buyer has valid insurance for the vehicle by contacting their insurance provider. Finally, make sure the buyer has the funds available through a bank draft, certified cheque, cash, or electronic transfer.

 

Sign the Bill of Sale

Have both yourself and the buyer sign the Bill of Sale document, which outlines the details of the transaction including the purchase price, vehicle identification, date, and buyer/seller information. This serves as proof the car has been sold.

 

Complete the Transfer of Ownership Paperwork

On the back of your vehicle registration certificate is a Transfer of Ownership form. Fill this out with the buyer’s details, sign it, and provide it to the buyer along with the Bill of Sale.

 

Exchange Payment for Signed Paperwork

Once all documentation has been filled out and signed, exchange the payment (bank draft, cash, etc.) for the signed Bill of Sale and Transfer of Ownership paperwork. Congratulations, you’ve officially sold your car!

Following these closing steps carefully ensures both you and the buyer are protected in the transaction.

 

Finalize the Transfer of Ownership

Once you’ve agreed on a price and the buyer has paid, it’s time to finalize the transfer of ownership. Here are the steps to complete in Saskatchewan:

Submit the signed transfer of ownership form to SGI within 2 business days. This form is on the back of the vehicle’s registration certificate. Make sure all sections are filled out including:

 

  • Seller and buyer names and signatures
  • Date of sale
  • Odometer reading

 

You can submit the form by mail or in person at any SGI branch. Keep a copy for your records.

Provide the buyer with a bill of sale, specifying the following:

 

  • Your name and buyer’s name
  • Date of sale
  • Vehicle details – make, model, year, VIN
  • Sale price
  • Both parties’ signatures

 

This officially transfers ownership to the buyer. Be sure to keep a copy of the signed bill of sale for your records.

Congratulations, you have now successfully sold your car privately in Saskatchewan! Taking the time to properly transfer ownership protects both the buyer and seller.

 

Tips for Avoiding Scams and Staying Safe

Selling a car privately can be risky if you don’t take steps to protect yourself. Here are some tips to avoid scams and stay safe during the sale:

 

Meet in a Public Place

Always arrange to meet potential buyers in a public place, such as outside a police station or bank. This helps ensure your safety and prevents you from being scammed.

 

Verify Buyer’s Identity

Ask to see the buyer’s driver’s license and proof of insurance before allowing a test drive. Also verify their contact information to make sure it’s legitimate.

 

Accept Only Certified Payment

Never accept cash, personal checks, or wire transfers, which can be fraudulent. Require a certified check from the bank or certified funds. Wait until the funds fully clear before signing over the title.

By taking these simple precautions, you can avoid many common scams and complete the sale safely.

 

Alternatives to Selling Privately

Although selling your car privately can potentially net more money, it also requires more time and effort on your part. Here are a couple alternatives to consider:

 

Trading in to a dealer

Many car dealerships will accept trade-ins and give you credit toward your next vehicle purchase. This option is quick and convenient, but you’ll likely get less money than selling privately since the dealer needs to make a profit when reselling your vehicle.

 

Selling to a used car dealer or “We Buy Cars” service

There are businesses that will buy your car outright, saving you the hassle of a private sale. This option is fast, but again you likely won’t maximize your selling price. Shop around to different dealers and get quotes before deciding.

Weigh the pros and cons of these alternatives against selling privately. Consider factors like how quickly you need to sell, how much effort you’re willing to put in, and your desired sale price.

 

Conclusion

If you’ve made it this far, you now know everything you need to successfully sell your car privately in Saskatchewan. Let’s recap the main steps:

 

  1. Determine your car’s value using online pricing tools and checking comparable listings.
  1. Prepare your car for sale – clean it thoroughly, fix any issues, gather service records, etc.
  1. Take high-quality photos and write an effective online ad emphasizing the car’s benefits.
  1. Research comparable listings to price your car competitively.
  1. Advertise on online classifieds and spread the word to get maximum exposure.
  1. Gather the proper ownership transfer paperwork and have it ready to go.
  1. Show the car by appointment and let buyers test drive it.
  1. Negotiate fairly and be ready to compromise on price for the right buyer.
  1. Once you’ve agreed on price, finalize the paperwork and payment.
  1. Officially transfer ownership and notify the Department of motor vehicles.

 

When selling privately, be vigilant about potential scams – verify identities, only accept cash or secure forms of payment, and trust your instincts. Meet in public places and bring someone with you for security if needed.

With the right preparation and pricing, selling your car yourself can maximize your profit vs. trading in. And you can reliably find a buyer who will appreciate the car as much as you have. With some time and effort, you can have a smooth and successful private car sale.

Questions About Selling Your Car in Saskatchewan?

To sell your car privately in Saskatchewan, you need to complete a Bill of Sale and a Transfer of Ownership form. Meet the buyer in person, have them test drive the car, agree on a price, and sign both documents to transfer ownership. The Bill of Sale should include the vehicle details, sale date, purchase price, and buyer/seller contact info. The buyer needs to register the change of ownership with SGI within 30 days.

When selling a used car privately in Saskatchewan, you need a completed and signed Bill of Sale, as well as the Transfer of Ownership form found on the back of the car’s registration certificate. Provide the buyer with both documents, along with any service records, owner’s manuals, spare keys, etc. Keep a copy of the paperwork for your records.

No, a safety inspection certificate is not required by law in order to sell a used car privately in Saskatchewan. However, having a recent safety inspection done can give buyers more confidence and may help you negotiate a better selling price. Provide any inspection reports or maintenance records you have to demonstrate the vehicle’s roadworthiness.

When selling a used car privately in Saskatchewan to another individual, no sales tax applies on the purchase price. However, if you sell the car to a licensed automotive dealer, you may need to pay PST on the vehicle minus any trade-in value. There is no GST charged on private used car sales in Canada.

 

No, it is illegal to sell a car that has an outstanding loan or lien still held against it without first paying it off in full. This applies even when selling privately. Before selling your car, contact the financing company to determine the payoff balance so that you can use the sale proceeds to settle the lien and provide the buyer with a lien-free title.

There is no legal limit in Saskatchewan on the number of personal vehicles someone can sell privately in a given year. However, selling 5 or more cars per year would generally be considered operating as an unregistered dealer or “curber” which is illegal. At most, you should only sell 1 or maybe 2 personal cars per year.

When buying a used car, the buyer needs the signed Transfer of Ownership form and Bill of Sale from the seller, which officially transfers the title of the car into their name. Within 30 days, the buyer must update the car’s registration under their name using an Application for Vehicle Registration.

To transfer ownership of a car in Saskatchewan, the seller must sign over the Transfer of Ownership form on the back of the vehicle’s registration certificate. The buyer and seller should also complete a Bill of Sale with all relevant details. Finally, the buyer must update the registration under their name through an Autopac agent or SGI within 30 days.

Yes, used cars sold by private sellers in Saskatchewan are considered sold “as is” by default, unless specifically stated otherwise in the Bill of Sale. There is no implied warranty from a private seller. Have the vehicle inspected before purchase and test drive it thoroughly to determine mechanical condition.

If you lost your car’s ownership certificate in Saskatchewan, you can obtain replacement paperwork from SGI for a fee before transferring ownership. Provide the serial number, make, model, year, and confirmation you are the legal owner. This will allow you to properly sell and transfer title to the buyer.

No, the Saskatchewan provincial government does not charge any PST or GST on private used car sales – only on dealer retail purchases. The Bill of Sale should list the full negotiated sale price without deducting any taxes. This keeps the sale tax free for both parties.

Yes, according to SGI regulations vehicles that are more than 25 years old based on model year are not eligible for registration and licensing in Saskatchewan, unless certified as a collector/vintage car. So it may be difficult for buyers to actually register a 26+ year old car.

A proper Bill of Sale for selling a car privately in Saskatchewan should include: date of sale, buyer and seller names/addresses, vehicle details (VIN, make, model, year, color), purchase price, terms and conditions, both parties’ signatures. Any additional details about condition, included accessories etc can also be useful.

Saskatchewan has very limited legal protection for private used car buyers compared to dealer purchases. There is no implied warranty or ability to return the car unless explicitly stated in a signed contract. Have the car inspected beforehand and test drive thoroughly before finalizing the purchase.

The seller is responsible for contacting SGI to cancel the registration and insurance on the old car shortly after selling it. This keeps you from paying unnecessary insurance premiums. Advise the new owner to have their own Autopac insurance set up before they drive the vehicle.

If the new buyer fails to transfer registration after 30 days in Saskatchewan, notify SGI in writing that you have sold the car, provide the buyer’s information, return the plates, and cancel your active insurance policy on that car. This absolves you of legal liability even if the new owner is driving uninsured.

No. Saskatchewan law requires all motor vehicle dealers obtain valid ID from sellers and hold cars for 10 days before reselling, to deter trafficking of stolen vehicles. As a seller, only deal with reputable dealers who properly verify your identity and ownership documents.

 

You can sell your car to a Saskatchewan buyer if it has out-of-province registration, but they will need to properly import and register it in SK after purchase, which may include extra fees/paperwork. Disclose this requirement to any potential buyers beforehand so there are no surprises.

To maximize resale value in Saskatchewan’s used car market: properly maintain your car and keep detailed service records, invest in repairs for identified problems before sale, thoroughly clean the interior/exterior, obtain a safety inspection certificate indicating roadworthiness, and consider touch up paint or minor body work if cost effective.

 

Determine Your Car’s Value

Determining the current market value of your car is one of the most important steps when selling privately in Saskatchewan. You want to price your vehicle competitively but also maximize your profit.

Research comparable vehicles for pricing using resources like AutoTrader, Kijiji Autos, and online valuation tools. Consider the following factors when determining your car’s value:

 

  • Mileage – Lower mileage typically increases value
  • Condition – Excellent condition with no body damage or mechanical issues
  • Features – Options like leather seats, sunroof, navigation system
  • Make/Model/Year – More desirable brands and vehicles tend to have higher values
  • Location – Pricing can vary depending on demand in different regions of Saskatchewan

 

Checking listings for similar vehicles in your local market will give you an accurate price range to start from. Adjust your asking price accordingly based on the unique attributes and condition of your car.

Online valuation tools like the Canadian Black Book can also provide estimated values for your specific car’s make, model, year and features. This will help you set a competitive asking price.

Aim to price your car slightly above comparable listings, leaving some room for negotiation. But don’t inflate the price too high or you may scare away potential buyers.

 

Get Your Car Ready for Sale

Getting your car looking its best before listing it for sale is an important step. You want potential buyers to be able to imagine themselves driving your car without distraction from issues like a dirty interior or body damage.

Here are some tips for getting your car sale-ready:

 

  • Clean the interior thoroughly – vacuum carpets, wipe down surfaces, clean the windows, etc. Remove any clutter or personal items.
  • Wash and wax the exterior, making sure to get rid of any dirt buildup or grime.
  • Make any needed repairs – fix oil leaks, replace broken lights, repair dents/scratches, etc. Buyers will notice these things.
  • Get professional detailing done if needed to deal with any stubborn stains, odors, or interior/exterior issues.
  • Replace windshield wipers if needed.
  • Check tire tread and replace tires if the tread is getting low.
  • Test all functions – windows, locks, electronics, wipers, etc. Fix any issues.

 

A clean, damage-free vehicle makes a great impression on potential buyers. Investing some money into getting your car looking its best can really pay off in its resale value.

 

Take Great Photos

Taking high-quality photos of your car is crucial to attracting potential buyers online. You want the photos to portray your car in the best possible light.

Start by thoroughly cleaning and detailing the exterior of the vehicle. Wash and wax the car so it looks immaculate. Make sure the tires are clean and shiny. Clean the windows inside and out. Vacuum and shampoo the interior carpets and seats. Wipe down the dash and trim. Your car should sparkle for its photo shoot!

When taking photos, park the car in a location with a clean, uncluttered background. Avoid backgrounds with distracting elements. Face the car away from the sun to avoid glare and shadows. An overcast day works great for photography. You may also take the photos in a garage or covered area to control lighting.

Take photos from multiple angles – front, back, sides, 3/4 views. Open the doors and trunk for interior shots. Get in tight for detail shots of the dash, seats, odometer etc. Take wide shots of the full interior to showcase the space and condition. Roll down windows to get unobstructed exterior views.

Use your camera or phone on the highest resolution setting. Disable any software enhancements or filters. You want the photos to represent the actual condition. Take more shots than you think you need so you have options to choose from.

With good preparation and photography, you can really make your car shine online and entice buyers to come see it in person!

 

Write a Good Ad

The car ad is your main marketing tool for attracting potential buyers. You’ll want to include all the key details about your car in an appealing, reader-friendly format. Here are some tips for writing effective classified ads that get attention:

Note mileage, features, condition details – Don’t just say “2008 Honda Civic for sale.” Specify the year, brand, model, trim package, mileage, engine size, fuel type, transmission, and any standout options like a sunroof or leather seats. Also note the overall condition – used, good condition, excellent condition, etc.

Be honest about any flaws – Note any dents, scratches, rust, or mechanical issues. Being upfront shows you have nothing to hide. Minor cosmetic issues that you disclose likely won’t deter serious buyers.

Include contact info and preferred method of communication – Note your name, phone number, email, and times that work best to contact you. Many buyers will want to call or text initially. Specify if you prefer emails.

Add photos – Quality photos showing the exterior, interior, dashboard, etc. will generate the most interest. Try taking pictures in bright, outdoor light when possible.

Write catchy ad copy – Use persuasive wording beyond just the facts. For example, “This fun-to-drive Honda Civic is a gas sipper with plenty of zip!” Brief attention-grabbing headlines also help ads stand out.

Keep it short and scannable – Individuals tend to skim classifieds quickly. Highlight the car’s selling points up top in a compact, easy-to-read format. Paragraphs are great for details.

Proofread before posting – Double check for any errors or omissions in your ad text. They can diminish the appeal and trustworthiness.

 

Price Your Car

Pricing your car competitively is an important part of marketing it effectively and selling it for the highest value. Most buyers will compare your car to similar vehicles for sale in the area, so you’ll want to price it appropriately.

A common strategy is to price your car slightly above your minimum target price. This leaves you with some room to negotiate down to the price you actually want to sell it for. You can always lower your asking price later if needed, but it’s hard to raise it after listing the vehicle.

Thoroughly research prices of similar vehicles currently for sale in your local market. Compare the mileage, condition, year, make and model trims. Adjust your price accordingly based on the exact specs and demand for your particular car.

Online sites like Autotrader, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace make it easy to evaluate pricing of comparable vehicles. You may also find it helpful to get a vehicle appraisal from sites like Kelley Blue Book (KBB) to determine your car’s estimated value.

Set your price at the high end of, but still within, the fair market value range for your vehicle. This allows you to negotiate down while still getting the maximum sale price.

 

Advertise Your Car For Sale

Once your car is cleaned up, repaired, and photographed, it’s time to get the word out that it’s for sale! Here are some tips on advertising your used car for sale privately:

Online platforms like AutoTrader, Kijiji Autos, Facebook Marketplace are great for reaching a wide audience of local buyers. Create a detailed ad with lots of photos, key selling points, and specifics like mileage, features, maintenance records, etc. Refresh your ad regularly so it stays at the top of search results.

You can also print flyers with key details about the car and your contact info and post them on community bulletin boards, if desired. This can help reach buyers who may not be actively searching online. Make sure to remove the flyers once your car sells.

Only advertise locally to avoid scams and ensure buyers can inspect the car in person before purchasing. Avoid advertising on Craiglist, as it has a reputation for attracting scammers.

Be prepared for your phone and inbox to get pretty busy once your ad is live! pre-screen buyers by asking a few questions to weed out bad leads before agreeing to showings.

 

Prepare the Paperwork

When selling a used car privately in Saskatchewan, you’ll need to have some important paperwork ready in order to properly transfer ownership. Here are the key documents to prepare beforehand:

 

Bill of Sale

You’ll need to complete a bill of sale to record the transaction details, including:

 

  • Date of sale
  • Names and contact info for buyer and seller
  • Vehicle details like make, model, year, VIN, mileage
  • Sale price

 

This document protects both the buyer and seller. Have two copies signed by both parties – one for you and one for the buyer.

 

Transfer of Ownership Form

On the back of the vehicle’s registration certificate is a transfer of ownership form. Fill this out, including:

 

  • Odometer reading
  • Date of sale
  • Buyer and seller details

 

The seller must sign this to release interest in the vehicle. It officially transfers ownership to the buyer.

 

Maintenance Records

While not required, providing maintenance records and repair invoices can add transparency and assurance for the buyer. Highlight scheduled maintenance and any major repairs or replacements to show how well you cared for the vehicle.

Having these key paperwork pieces prepared makes for an organized, smooth sales transaction.

 

Show the Car

Once you start getting inquiries about your car, you’ll need to set up appointments for potential buyers to come see it. For your safety, only show the car by appointment.

When buyers arrive, verify that they have a valid driver’s license and current insurance before allowing a test drive. Photocopy their license and proof of insurance or take a photo with your phone. Test drives should be limited to 10-15 minutes. Pick a fixed test drive route in your neighbourhood and require that a licensed and insured driver accompany them.

Have all your paperwork ready when showing the car, including the bill of sale, ownership transfer form, and any maintenance records. Provide copies to serious buyers. This shows you have nothing to hide and makes it easier for them to purchase your car.

Never let an unaccompanied potential buyer test drive the car alone. And make sure you feel comfortable with the person before handing over the keys. Trust your instincts – if someone seems suspicious, do not allow a test drive.

Showings should be done during the day, in a safe public place if possible. A busy parking lot is ideal. Ask a friend or family member to accompany you if you don’t feel safe.

Take reasonable precautions when showing your car for sale. This will help attract legitimate buyers while keeping you and your vehicle secure.

 

Negotiate With Potential Buyers

Once you start getting inquiries from interested buyers, be prepared to negotiate on price. Here are some tips for negotiating successfully:

 

  • Be flexible but don’t go below your minimum price. Know the lowest price you’re willing to accept before going into the negotiation.
  • If buyers request a CARFAX report, be prepared to show it to them. The report provides details on accidents, liens, ownership history, and mileage.
  • Stay calm and professional throughout the negotiations, no matter how they go. Don’t take lowball offers personally.
  • Be transparent about any issues with the car. This builds trust and goodwill.
  • Listen carefully to buyers’ concerns and be ready to address them. For example, if they’re concerned about high mileage, highlight recent maintenance.
  • Avoid exaggerating claims about the car’s condition or making guarantees you can’t back up. Stick to the facts.
  • Negotiate one issue at a time rather than making bundled concessions. Look for creative win-win solutions.
  • Make sure any verbal agreements are put in writing in the bill of sale.

 

By following these tips, you can negotiate effectively with buyers while protecting your bottom line. The goal is to sell the car for a fair price with terms you’re comfortable with.

 

Close the Sale

Once you’ve agreed on a price and the buyer is ready to purchase your vehicle, it’s time to close the sale. Here are the key steps:

 

Verify the Buyer’s Identification, Insurance, and Funding

Before signing anything or letting the buyer take the car, be sure to verify their identity by checking a piece of government-issued photo ID. Also verify that the buyer has valid insurance for the vehicle by contacting their insurance provider. Finally, make sure the buyer has the funds available through a bank draft, certified cheque, cash, or electronic transfer.

 

Sign the Bill of Sale

Have both yourself and the buyer sign the Bill of Sale document, which outlines the details of the transaction including the purchase price, vehicle identification, date, and buyer/seller information. This serves as proof the car has been sold.

 

Complete the Transfer of Ownership Paperwork

On the back of your vehicle registration certificate is a Transfer of Ownership form. Fill this out with the buyer’s details, sign it, and provide it to the buyer along with the Bill of Sale.

 

Exchange Payment for Signed Paperwork

Once all documentation has been filled out and signed, exchange the payment (bank draft, cash, etc.) for the signed Bill of Sale and Transfer of Ownership paperwork. Congratulations, you’ve officially sold your car!

Following these closing steps carefully ensures both you and the buyer are protected in the transaction.

 

Finalize the Transfer of Ownership

Once you’ve agreed on a price and the buyer has paid, it’s time to finalize the transfer of ownership. Here are the steps to complete in Saskatchewan:

Submit the signed transfer of ownership form to SGI within 2 business days. This form is on the back of the vehicle’s registration certificate. Make sure all sections are filled out including:

 

  • Seller and buyer names and signatures
  • Date of sale
  • Odometer reading

 

You can submit the form by mail or in person at any SGI branch. Keep a copy for your records.

Provide the buyer with a bill of sale, specifying the following:

 

  • Your name and buyer’s name
  • Date of sale
  • Vehicle details – make, model, year, VIN
  • Sale price
  • Both parties’ signatures

 

This officially transfers ownership to the buyer. Be sure to keep a copy of the signed bill of sale for your records.

Congratulations, you have now successfully sold your car privately in Saskatchewan! Taking the time to properly transfer ownership protects both the buyer and seller.

 

Tips for Avoiding Scams and Staying Safe

Selling a car privately can be risky if you don’t take steps to protect yourself. Here are some tips to avoid scams and stay safe during the sale:

 

Meet in a Public Place

Always arrange to meet potential buyers in a public place, such as outside a police station or bank. This helps ensure your safety and prevents you from being scammed.

 

Verify Buyer’s Identity

Ask to see the buyer’s driver’s license and proof of insurance before allowing a test drive. Also verify their contact information to make sure it’s legitimate.

 

Accept Only Certified Payment

Never accept cash, personal checks, or wire transfers, which can be fraudulent. Require a certified check from the bank or certified funds. Wait until the funds fully clear before signing over the title.

By taking these simple precautions, you can avoid many common scams and complete the sale safely.

 

Alternatives to Selling Privately

Although selling your car privately can potentially net more money, it also requires more time and effort on your part. Here are a couple alternatives to consider:

 

Trading in to a dealer

Many car dealerships will accept trade-ins and give you credit toward your next vehicle purchase. This option is quick and convenient, but you’ll likely get less money than selling privately since the dealer needs to make a profit when reselling your vehicle.

 

Selling to a used car dealer or “We Buy Cars” service

There are businesses that will buy your car outright, saving you the hassle of a private sale. This option is fast, but again you likely won’t maximize your selling price. Shop around to different dealers and get quotes before deciding.

Weigh the pros and cons of these alternatives against selling privately. Consider factors like how quickly you need to sell, how much effort you’re willing to put in, and your desired sale price.

 

Conclusion

If you’ve made it this far, you now know everything you need to successfully sell your car privately in Saskatchewan. Let’s recap the main steps:

 

  1. Determine your car’s value using online pricing tools and checking comparable listings.
  1. Prepare your car for sale – clean it thoroughly, fix any issues, gather service records, etc.
  1. Take high-quality photos and write an effective online ad emphasizing the car’s benefits.
  1. Research comparable listings to price your car competitively.
  1. Advertise on online classifieds and spread the word to get maximum exposure.
  1. Gather the proper ownership transfer paperwork and have it ready to go.
  1. Show the car by appointment and let buyers test drive it.
  1. Negotiate fairly and be ready to compromise on price for the right buyer.
  1. Once you’ve agreed on price, finalize the paperwork and payment.
  1. Officially transfer ownership and notify the Department of motor vehicles.

 

When selling privately, be vigilant about potential scams – verify identities, only accept cash or secure forms of payment, and trust your instincts. Meet in public places and bring someone with you for security if needed.

With the right preparation and pricing, selling your car yourself can maximize your profit vs. trading in. And you can reliably find a buyer who will appreciate the car as much as you have. With some time and effort, you can have a smooth and successful private car sale.

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Questions About Selling Your Car in Saskatchewan?

To sell your car privately in Saskatchewan, you need to complete a Bill of Sale and a Transfer of Ownership form. Meet the buyer in person, have them test drive the car, agree on a price, and sign both documents to transfer ownership. The Bill of Sale should include the vehicle details, sale date, purchase price, and buyer/seller contact info. The buyer needs to register the change of ownership with SGI within 30 days.

When selling a used car privately in Saskatchewan, you need a completed and signed Bill of Sale, as well as the Transfer of Ownership form found on the back of the car’s registration certificate. Provide the buyer with both documents, along with any service records, owner’s manuals, spare keys, etc. Keep a copy of the paperwork for your records.

No, a safety inspection certificate is not required by law in order to sell a used car privately in Saskatchewan. However, having a recent safety inspection done can give buyers more confidence and may help you negotiate a better selling price. Provide any inspection reports or maintenance records you have to demonstrate the vehicle’s roadworthiness.

When selling a used car privately in Saskatchewan to another individual, no sales tax applies on the purchase price. However, if you sell the car to a licensed automotive dealer, you may need to pay PST on the vehicle minus any trade-in value. There is no GST charged on private used car sales in Canada.

 

No, it is illegal to sell a car that has an outstanding loan or lien still held against it without first paying it off in full. This applies even when selling privately. Before selling your car, contact the financing company to determine the payoff balance so that you can use the sale proceeds to settle the lien and provide the buyer with a lien-free title.

There is no legal limit in Saskatchewan on the number of personal vehicles someone can sell privately in a given year. However, selling 5 or more cars per year would generally be considered operating as an unregistered dealer or “curber” which is illegal. At most, you should only sell 1 or maybe 2 personal cars per year.

When buying a used car, the buyer needs the signed Transfer of Ownership form and Bill of Sale from the seller, which officially transfers the title of the car into their name. Within 30 days, the buyer must update the car’s registration under their name using an Application for Vehicle Registration.

To transfer ownership of a car in Saskatchewan, the seller must sign over the Transfer of Ownership form on the back of the vehicle’s registration certificate. The buyer and seller should also complete a Bill of Sale with all relevant details. Finally, the buyer must update the registration under their name through an Autopac agent or SGI within 30 days.

Yes, used cars sold by private sellers in Saskatchewan are considered sold “as is” by default, unless specifically stated otherwise in the Bill of Sale. There is no implied warranty from a private seller. Have the vehicle inspected before purchase and test drive it thoroughly to determine mechanical condition.

If you lost your car’s ownership certificate in Saskatchewan, you can obtain replacement paperwork from SGI for a fee before transferring ownership. Provide the serial number, make, model, year, and confirmation you are the legal owner. This will allow you to properly sell and transfer title to the buyer.

No, the Saskatchewan provincial government does not charge any PST or GST on private used car sales – only on dealer retail purchases. The Bill of Sale should list the full negotiated sale price without deducting any taxes. This keeps the sale tax free for both parties.

Yes, according to SGI regulations vehicles that are more than 25 years old based on model year are not eligible for registration and licensing in Saskatchewan, unless certified as a collector/vintage car. So it may be difficult for buyers to actually register a 26+ year old car.

A proper Bill of Sale for selling a car privately in Saskatchewan should include: date of sale, buyer and seller names/addresses, vehicle details (VIN, make, model, year, color), purchase price, terms and conditions, both parties’ signatures. Any additional details about condition, included accessories etc can also be useful.

Saskatchewan has very limited legal protection for private used car buyers compared to dealer purchases. There is no implied warranty or ability to return the car unless explicitly stated in a signed contract. Have the car inspected beforehand and test drive thoroughly before finalizing the purchase.

The seller is responsible for contacting SGI to cancel the registration and insurance on the old car shortly after selling it. This keeps you from paying unnecessary insurance premiums. Advise the new owner to have their own Autopac insurance set up before they drive the vehicle.

If the new buyer fails to transfer registration after 30 days in Saskatchewan, notify SGI in writing that you have sold the car, provide the buyer’s information, return the plates, and cancel your active insurance policy on that car. This absolves you of legal liability even if the new owner is driving uninsured.

No. Saskatchewan law requires all motor vehicle dealers obtain valid ID from sellers and hold cars for 10 days before reselling, to deter trafficking of stolen vehicles. As a seller, only deal with reputable dealers who properly verify your identity and ownership documents.

 

You can sell your car to a Saskatchewan buyer if it has out-of-province registration, but they will need to properly import and register it in SK after purchase, which may include extra fees/paperwork. Disclose this requirement to any potential buyers beforehand so there are no surprises.

To maximize resale value in Saskatchewan’s used car market: properly maintain your car and keep detailed service records, invest in repairs for identified problems before sale, thoroughly clean the interior/exterior, obtain a safety inspection certificate indicating roadworthiness, and consider touch up paint or minor body work if cost effective.

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