It may seem a little daunting when you first consider selling your car online, but there are some steps you can take to make it relatively hassle free and as safe as possible. Most of us have experience of selling our cars from our home or part exchanging them with a garage, who we in turn buy another car from. One of the first steps to take is to find out what your car is worth and what you can hope to achieve for it. This shouldn’t be too difficult as there are many online price calculator sites you can use to find out. Some other sites will be able to give you an estimate, but be aware that they may also wish to sell the car for you. This is perfectly ok if you have checked them out to see what fees they will charge you and you are happy with the conditions of sale.
Just like selling your car privately, you will need to think about what it is you wish to say about the car and write up the information that would appeal to you. Make sure that you are honest about the car and there are no misleading statements that could put off a potential buyer. Always write out your advert beforehand – this way you will able to rewrite any mistakes or information before you make your advert live.
Decent photographs are essential when selling your vehicle via the internet. Whilst doctoring the finished result is not advisable, make sure you take the picture from the cars most flattering angle. The beginning of the day and the end of the day are the best times to take the pictures, avoiding the suns reflective glare. Remember that on the internet there will be a lot of browsers and time wasters as you open up to a larger audience.
Before you go to the expense of selling your vehicle with an internet site such as eBay, you should always try sending out emails to the people on your contacts list. You never know who may be looking for a new car or knows someone else from their contact list. Sites such as face book are also great starting points, and many a sale has been secured between friends and colleagues. Asking around friends will also make you aware of local – and often free- sales boards such as gumtree.com or the Car Lot. Just make sure you advertise it in your county and local area.
Once you hear from a potential buyer and they would like to come and see the car, it is most advisable to have a friend or relative with you. This helps to safeguard yourself and also the car. Car thieves will sometimes target adverts with cars for sale, and though rare, it is always best to be cautious. Should they wish to go for a test drive, you will need to drive the vehicle yourself or make sure they have appropriate insurance and a full driving licence. Remember that you are responsible for the car and safety of passengers whilst it is still covered by your insurance. Selling your car online should be no more stressful or daunting than any other method of sale. Reading the terms and conditions and taking your time to get the details correct could prove to be invaluable when you make that decision.
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