If you’ve just treated yourself to a new car, the chances are you’re going to want to sell your old model. If you’ve never sold a car before, you may feel a little daunted by the prospect of finding a buyer and selling your vehicle for the right price.
When it comes to selling a car, there’s a lot to think about, which can make the process even more difficult. The good news is that if you take note of the tips and advice below, you can ensure that selling your car is straightforward and easy.
Set a price
The first area that you need to focus on is the price that you’d like to sell your car for. If you want it to sell relatively quickly, it’s important that you don’t overprice it. The best way to get an idea of how much your car is worth is to have a look at online car sites at similar second-hand vehicles. As well as taking into account what other cars are worth, take your car’s age, mileage and condition into consideration. If there’s a price you’re set on, price the vehicle slightly above that. So that there’s room for the buyer to haggle without dropping the price too low.
Decide how you’ll sell it
Once you’ve worked out how much you want for your vehicle, the next step is to think about how you’ll sell it. You can opt to advertise and sell your car privately, which means that you’d be dealing with potential buyers directly. You could sell your vehicle to a second-hand car company and allow them to sell it for you. Or, if the car is old and in bad condition, you could consider using a car removal service and selling your vehicle for scrap. It’s important to consider what the best and easiest option is for you, as well as which option will give you the best return on your car.
Preparing your car for viewings
Whether you’re planning on selling your car privately or are thinking of using a car company, you need to ensure you present it in the right way. Just like when you’re selling a house it’s essential to get the curb appeal right, the same applies to your car. Before a viewing, wash your car and valet it inside – hoover, dust and wipe. Adding an air freshener is also a good idea, as this can help to make the vehicle feel a little cleaner.
A clean and tidy car gives the impression that it’s well cared for, something that most buyers look for in a vehicle. It’s also worth checking under the bonnet, to ensure that the oil, water and brake fluid is topped up. As well as checking that each tyre is properly inflated – a tyre that’s underinflated can sometimes be enough to put a buyer off.
Want to ensure that your car sells as quickly as possible, and you get a good price for it? Then make sure to take the above advice on board.