Is it time to sell your car? Whether you have your eye on a new
model or you simply need the extra cash, there are a number of ways you can sell your unwanted car for a great price.
Selling a car can
seem a bit overwhelming if you’re not sure where to start, so here are some tips.
Make sure you get
the right price
Do you know how
much the car you want to sell is worth? If not, then how can you be sure you are selling it for
the right price? It is vital to know how much your car is worth before
selling it so you can be prepared. Take a look at other adverts and see how much your car usually sells for, keeping in mind its current state,
mileage and age.
Don’t be surprised
if a buyer tries to haggle; decide on the lowest price you will take beforehand
to help you retain a good price.
part-exchange your car?
dealerships, you can part-exchange your car. This means that you sell your car
to the dealer as part of the deposit on a new
car from the same dealership. This is a great way to utilise your current
car if you are upgrading, and is much simpler than selling your car privately.
You can find out
how much your car could be worth in a part exchange through Stoneacre‘s online valuation tool.
Create an engaging
If you decide to go down the
private selling route, make sure you write an engaging advert to stand out from
the crowd. There are a lot of cars for sale and the competition is stiff. A
well written advert with a lot of information and images will be more attractive
to potential buyers, but if you really want your advert to be seen you should
think outside of the box.
However and wherever you place
your advert, make sure to include these vital pieces of information:
Make and model
Registration year and
Colour and any
Up to date contact
Remember to be completely
honest and don’t falsely advertise, not only is it time-wasting, it’s illegal.
Remember that photos can make
all the difference
Nobody is going to buy a car
from an advert with no pictures. It is far too risky and also implies the car is not in a good
You shouldn’t just upload any
old photo of your car though. To get a good price for your car, it needs to be advertised
well and this includes taking the time out to take high quality photographs.
You do not need a fancy camera or any expensive equipment, simply clean the car
and make sure there is nothing around the car that could be in the way. Take
images far enough away so that the whole car is included, and upload images
from different angles. Don’t forget the inside!
Get the car ready for sale
The car should be in its best
possible condition when viewed by a potential buyer, not like the picture below!
Give the car a good
Top the car up with
oil, water and make sure the tyres are full of air
Gather all of the
car’s paperwork including its full service history, V5C registration
certificate and MOT certificate.
Don’t forget to alert the DVLA
When you do sell your car you need to alert the
DVLA as soon as possible. Complete and post the relevant parts of the log book
and let your insurance company know you’ve sold the car.