There comes a time in every car owners life when they have to part with their beloved motor; whether it be because it’s time to help free up some cash, time to make room for a new arrival, or maybe just because you feel it’s time for a new one.
And when that time does eventually come around, it’s likely that aside from wanting to make sure your lovely little car goes to a loving home, you also want to make sure you get the price for it – after all, you didn’t spend all of those Sundays washing, waxing and polishing it, just to have a 0 knocked off what you originally paid for it, right?
So, how on Earth do you go about making sure you get the best price for it?
Well, luckily for you, that’s exactly what I’m here to help with. Because, no matter whether you’ve decided to sell it privately or with a dealership, here are a few things to consider before you settle for the final price and part with your old motor for good:
Use a Car Valuation Tool
From the moment you decide to sell your car, the first place you should turn to help you give you a good idea of what you should be pitching it’s price at, is the Internet – because there are hundreds of fantastic car valuation tools available online that will help with exactly that.
Simply select in your car’s model, manufacturing year, specification, mileage, or type in the number plate, and the car valuation tool will compile a list of prices using data from a whole host of dealers, private sales, auctions and classified advertisements to help and give you a good idea of what your car is worth.
Online valuation tools are perfect if you have no clue what price to start with when selling privately, but are even better if you’re selling it via a dealer as you’ll be able to see whether or not they’re offering you a fair and realistic price or not! But whatever price you’re given, don’t forget to haggle!
Check Out Motoring Marketplaces
Another great way to get an idea of what you should sell your car for, is to take a look at online motoring marketplaces to see what others who own the same vehicle are selling theirs for all over the country.
Although you won’t be able to see the condition of other people’s cars in comparison to yours in order to determine the relation in price, online marketplaces are particularly good for determining price depending on mileage.
Check Out Reviews
If you’re selling your car via a dealership, look online to see what other people’s experiences of that dealership may be.
Reviews are the best way to find out real information from real people who’ve had real experiences, so they can help to form an opinion to whether that particular dealership may be right for you depending on your situation, requirements and needs.
Review sites are also great when you’re looking for that new car to replace your old one. Once you’ve found a model and make that you like, be sure to look online at review sites such as Big Motoring World UK to see what others who’ve also bought it think to it – before you go through with signing on the dotted line!