Five Essential Things To Remember When Selling Your Car

Selling your car can be a stressful process. There are all sorts of things that can go wrong and it’s easy to get ripped-off. A few simple steps, however, will see your car sold and for a good price in no time at all…

Get The Photographs Just Right

The photos you take are the only real way countless prospective buyers can develop an interest in your car; so put some effort into them. Don’t just take a blurry shot and at a funny angle, be systematic. Take your shots in landscape for a better field of view. Use a good camera phone or a proper camera. Take them from different angles and also include some shots of the interior. The more you show means the less you have to hide. They’ll also help you stand out amongst countless people trying to sell their motors.

Provide A Detailed And Accurate Description

When it comes to selling your car, the devil is in the detail. Provide as much information as possible and in clear terms. Mention the car’s model and trim level (as well as any modifications). Include information about the vehicle’s condition, age and mileage. If there’s any special features, like in car-tech, don’t be afraid to promote them. Make sure your sentence-structure flows and that your grammar is accurate. When buying used cars, people are naturally concerned about being ripped-off or misled. If you make an effort with your advertisements and keep things professional, this can help dispel the concerns of potential buyers.

Have All Of The Car’s Documents To Hand

This is probably the most important point when selling your car. People should never buy a vehicle that lacks official documentation; which includes service history, proof of registration / ownership and MOTs etc. Make sure these are available to anyone who expresses an interest in the car and make it known that they’re included in your advertisements. If, for whatever reason, you’ve lost documents you can recover them via motoring organisations. Companies like the AA can do this for you for as little as £6. You wouldn’t buy a vehicle without proof of service history and ownership, so why would you expect anyone else to do so?

Give Your Car A Thorough Clean 

Your car should be looking at its absolute best whilst you’re trying to sell it. Make sure to give it a thorough clean both inside and out. A professional wax and shine will make it shine like new, too. Remove any personal details or affects, as these reinforce the ‘used’ character and get in the way of a buyer seeing themselves in it. If you’ve damaged the car, so that it’s scratched or dented, look into getting these repaired; it may make financial sense to do so. If not, try to touch them up and make them more presentable before showing potential buyers (be honest about them though).

Don’t Be Cheeky With The Price 

We understand, you want to squeeze as much money out of your old car as possible. Why wouldn’t you? But if you ask for a ridiculous price, you won’t make a penny; people simply won’t buy it. Conversely, don’t allow yourself to be bullied or persuaded into letting your motor go for a pitiful figure. There are a host of online quoting websites that can provide you with an accurate valuation of your vehicle; these usually take the vehicle’s model, trim, age and mileage into account. It’s harder to take damage into account, but you can shop around for quotes to get these fixed and then pass the quotes on to potential buyers. In short, go with something close to the market price when selling your car.

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