Most car owners like to earn a bit of cash by selling off their old motor when they go on to buy a new one.
Typically this is done with adverts whether it is put in print in the local paper, online via websites such as eBay or by selling it at auction.
But as there is so much competition many factors make up the best kind of listing and one of the most important is the images of the motor.
Even though many of us carry a smartphone featuring a high quality digital camera many private sellers fail to follow a few simple rules to portray their motor at its best.
This is according to Wizzle, a service which helps motorists sell their cars direct to dealers.
Here are some of the biggest picture 'fails' on the auction site:
1. Take the picture in daylight
If you want to sell your car on an auction website one of the main aims for a potential customer would be an eye catching image.
So taking a picture of the car in complete darkness probably isn't the best way to do this. Maybe put the flash on, or even wait until day time to take a nice clear image.
2. Focus on what you're doing
This blurred image is a Nissan Qashqai if you couldn't quite work it out. The advice for this picture by the auction site is simply, make sure your image is in focus.
Buyers are not going to be attracted to a blurry picture where they can't see the quality of the car.
It's picture-Inception here as the seller thought it was a good idea to not use the original image on the phone but instead, take a picture of the picture on the Samsung.
Perhaps they had some technical problems but why not take a fresh new image on the working camera? As the auction site says an actual photograph of the car is more desribale.
4. The 'accidental' photo
Taking a picture of the interior of a car is a great idea, so the buyers know what they're getting. But it might be handy to have a clear photograph and not just a reflection from the window of what looks like some building work.
The advice is to open the door and take pictures of the inside from the actual inside.
5. Let the buyers know what it is you're selling...
At first glance you can't be sure what this seller is trying capture in the image. Are they selling the wall? Both cars or just the one? Or even the cone.
Well it turns out they are trying to get 'show off' their Mazda 6 Sport D. Perhaps the advice for this one would be, try and fill the frame of the picture with the car and not its surroundings.
6. Insurance claim or car listing?
Patience is key here - maybe wait until your car isn't hemmed into another before taking your picture for the listing.
This one for the Volkswagen Golf looks more like it's an insurance claim than a car advert - perhaps the seller got the websites mixed up.
7. Get a little closer to the car
This one looks as if the seller couldn't be bothered to walk down the stairs to the car park to take a snap of the vehicle up close.
The buyer needs to see the body of work if they're going to buy it from you, and make it look as if you haven't just taken a picture of any nearby car out of the window.
8. Don't obstruct your vehicle
A side on image of the car is a great thing to include in the advert. But try not to obstruct it with a scraped fence and a van in the frame.
The car looks to be in good condition but everything else in the frame drags it down quite a bit.
A good example
PistonHeads and eBay are great places to sell your cars independently and there are plenty of examples of good pictures taken on a mobile phone or digital camera.
This 2009 Hyundai has been listed on eBay and the images are clear, taken in daylight and show the car at a good angle where you can see the vehicle in full. On the listing you can see they have also taken interior shots and ones of the side and rear of the car.