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  • ESSENTIAL PREPARATION

    If you want to make sure you get the best possible price,preparing your car before selling is essential.The first step,of course ,is to make sure that you have all the paperwork to hand so you're ready to sign the car over when the time comes.Locate the car's log book and insurance details well before the handover.

    If Your car is subject to a finance arrangement you will need to pay this off before selling. Until you have paid off your car's finance you are not its legal owner and therefore are not legally entitled to sell it. There's further information on this at the end of the section and in our more detailed article on selling a car with finance on it.

    Once you've got all of the necessary paperwork ready it's time to start preparing the car itself. Unless you're selling a very rare or vintage car then your likely be competing for attention with many other similar cars. This being the case, the smallest detail of your car's condition can have a serious impact on your price.

  • CLEAN YOUR CAR

    Many people fail to understand the impact that cleanliness can have on a car's sale price.Yo have to remember that car buyers will judge things based on the first impressions.It doesn't matter what condition the engine is in,if the bodywork is mud-spattered it will probably knock a sizable amount off its sale value.Clean cars have a major psychological impact that even the most logical-thinking car buyers fall for.The only possible exception might be some dealerships,but even so,saving them a claening job should increase the amount they'll be willing to pay.

  • UNDERTAKE MINOR REPAIRS

    Before getting the waxing,it's worth repairing any scratches or other damage to the paintwork.Some scratches will come out with T-Cut or,in some or all of your car repainted. Obviously, it will be up to you to figure out whether or not the cost of this will be met by the increase in your car's sale value after having had the work done.

  • GET A NEW MOT

    Being able to tell your buyer that the car has just had an MOT helps to reassure them that the vehicle they're buying is in good condition. So,if your MOT is about to expire,consider getting a new one.

  • IF YOUR CAR IS STILL
    ON FINANCE

    If your car is still subject to a finance arrangement but you would like to sell it anyway then you will have to settle this arrangement with the finance comoany before doing so. Call them and explain that you wish to sell the car and request a settlement amount for the contract. Most finance companies will allow this,although there may be a charge for ending the finance early.

  • SETTING YOUR PRICE

    So, you have your paperwork and you've prepared your car for sale. Now it's time decide on what price you're willing to accept. Valuing used cars is minified and can depend on factors as diverse as mileage and where in the country the car is to sold.

  • ONLINE CAR
    VALUATION TOOLS

    GLASS'S GUIDE -www.glass.co.uk

    Glass's is probably the most respected name in the used car business and a very high proportion of used car dealers subscribe to their bi-weekly publication of average used car sales prices.

  • CAR BUYING
    VALUATION SERVICES

    Car buying services are organisations that will buy almost any car for a price that is some way below the average and sell it on, quickly, for a profit. The most well-known car buying services in the UK at the moment are probably We Buy Any Car and We Want Any Car.

  • WHERE TO SELL YOUR CAR

    Having decided what price you'd be willing to accept for your car,it's time to decide where to sell it. The main choice you face is between advertising your car for sale privately and selling it directly to a dealer or car buying service. Selling privately takes more time, money and effort but you do stand to get a better price for your car.

  • PARK IT UP AND WAIT

    If all the above fails it's likely that your car is a bit of a banger. It's going to be a struggle to sell it and you might want to consider scrapping it. Still, if even the thought of doing so sends shudders through you,there's always the good old-fashioned method of parking it up on the side of the road with a sign in the window. It's important to remember,though,that only in cases like these is this appropriate.

  • PRIVATE SALE MEET-UP

    Assuming you have chosen to advertise your car for sale you will soon be contacted by a potential buyer. They will want to meet up, check everything is in order and possibly test drive the car before hanggling over the price, exchanging money and signatures and then parting ways. This is the only point in the process where there is an element of risk and it's important to handle it carefully in order to make sure that you're safe.

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