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30/11/12 – Buying and selling cars

Trade-in/dealer sale

This is the quickest and simplest method to sell your car. If a dealer is keen to sell you another car he may offer a good price for your old one. Conversely, if you negotiate a good discount on your new car, he may be reluctant to give you the best price for your old one, so make sure you know exactly what your car is worth before you offer it.

Private sale

As a rule, you will get more for your car by selling it privately. However, the process can be time-consuming. You need to be available to take phone calls and to meet buyers for
inspections and test drives. Also, advertising can be costly, particularly if your car takes a long time to sell.

Online auction (e.g. eBay)

A combination of quick and easy, but also potentially the riskiest way to sell your car due to time wasters and bidders, bidding to view and not buy. A good method if you know what you’re doing.

Online buying companies

Selling your car to a professional online buyer is a quick and easy alternative to selling privately or at a dealer, but you won’t get the best price, and they usually try and knock the price down for the smallest of imperfections.