Preparing pictures of your electric car for sale: The ultimate guide

Learn how to best present your electric car to increase sales area and price.

When it comes to selling your electric vehicle (EV), the first thing that potential buyers will see is the images of your car. This means that the quality of your photos can make or break the sale. That's why we've put together this ultimate guide to help you prepare and take the best possible images of your EV, so you can increase your reach and price when selling it.

Preparing the car

Before you even start taking photos of your EV, it's important to make sure the car is clean and presentable. Not only will this make your photos look better, but it will also give potential buyers a good first impression of the car.

Here are a few tips to help you prepare your EV for the photos:

  • Wash the car: The first step to preparing your EV for photos is to give it a good wash. Make sure to remove any dirt, grime, or debris from the body and windows. If you're not sure how to properly wash your EV, check out our blog post on the topic.
  • Check the background and lighting: Before you start taking photos, make sure you choose a good location with a clean background. It's also important to consider the lighting conditions. Ideally, you should take the photos in a location with even, diffused light. Avoid taking photos in direct sunlight or in dark or shadowy areas.
  • Prepare the interior: Make sure the inside of the car is clean and free of clutter. Remove any personal items or belongings from the car and make sure the windows are clean.
  • Check the tires: Make sure the tire pressure is correct and that the tires are in good condition before taking the photos. This will give a better overall impression of the car.

Taking the photos

Now that your EV is clean and prepared, it's time to start taking photos. Here are a few tips to help you take the best possible images:

  • Use a camera: While it's possible to take good photos with a recent smartphone, using a camera will give you better results. If you don't have one, consider renting or borrowing one.
  • Use a wide-angle lens: A wide-angle lens will allow you to capture more of the car in the frame. Most smartphones also have this option — this is especially useful for showing the overall condition of the car.
  • Cover all angles: Make sure you take photos of the car from all angles: front, back, sides, and interior. Also, show the front seats, back seats, trunk, frunk, additional extras, and tyres.
  • Avoid reflections: When taking photos of the car, make sure to avoid reflections. This can be done by positioning the camera at an angle to the car or by using a polarizing filter on the camera lens.
  • Balance the light: Make sure the light is balanced and even. This will help to show the true color of the car and avoid any harsh shadows or highlights.

Handling cosmetic damages

While it's important to present your EV in the best possible light, it's also important to be honest about any cosmetic damages the car may have. Hiding or neglecting to mention cosmetic damages can decrease the trust of the buyer and ultimately decrease the selling price.

Here are a few tips to help you photograph cosmetic damages properly:

  • Don't hide the damages: Instead of trying to hide the damages, make sure they are clearly visible in the photos. This will increase the transparency and trust of the buyer.
  • Show the damages in context: When photographing the damages, make sure to show them in context. For example, if there is a scratch on the door, make sure to photograph the entire door and not just the scratch.
  • Take close-up shots: Take close-up shots of the damages so that they can be clearly seen.

It's important to note that properly photographing and highlighting cosmetic damages can actually increase the transparency and trust of the seller and most of the time does not decrease the selling price.


Selling your EV can be a big step, but by taking the time to prepare and photograph your car properly, you can increase your reach and price when selling it. Remember to wash the car, check the background and lighting, prepare the interior, and cover all angles. Use a camera, use a wide-angle lens, show the car in different lighting conditions, avoid reflections, balance the light, and don't hide cosmetic damages. By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to taking the best possible images of your EV.

In addition to these tips, it's a good idea to do your research and look at other listings of EVs to get an idea of what makes a good photo. And don’t hesitate to seek professional help if needed.

We hope this guide has been helpful in preparing your EV for sale. And if you don’t want to bother with this photo process, you can use Cardino to sell your EV! We’ll provide you with the best and smoothest sale you could have imagined.Start with our instant and free valuation tool to know the real price of your EV, and if you accept, we’ll take care of the rest! Feel free to reach out to us if you have any question.

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