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    • QQQ
    • By QQQ 7th Sep 17, 9:42 PM
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    Mystery with Autotrader
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    • 7th Sep 17, 9:42 PM
    Mystery with Autotrader 7th Sep 17 at 9:42 PM
    Autotrader - why cars from trade sellers usually cost less than from private ones? Assuming trade sellers are supposed to make profit how do they get cars cheaper then private sellers would sell for?
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    • Warwick Hunt
    • By Warwick Hunt 7th Sep 17, 9:46 PM
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    Because private sellers are unrealistic with their price.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 7th Sep 17, 9:50 PM
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    Exactly that. Especially when buyers used finance to pay for the car and take the total figure into account.
    Car price + finance they they read the reviews saying their car loses ##% and work it out on the total price and then round it up.

    Its why we get why wont my car sell threads.
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    • QQQ
    • By QQQ 7th Sep 17, 10:05 PM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 10:05 PM
    Because private sellers are unrealistic with their price.
    Originally posted by Warwick Hunt
    OK but then where do trade sellers get cars cheaper then private sellers would sell for? They can only get them from private sellers being not only realistic about the price but also leaving some space for trade seller's profit.
    • Herzlos
    • By Herzlos 7th Sep 17, 10:10 PM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 10:10 PM
    I think part of the price is haggling - private buyers generally still expect to have to knock a few hundred £££ off, but dealers are already priced competitively (to get the phone to ring in the first place) and are less likely to have any budge.

    OK but then where do trade sellers get cars cheaper then private sellers would sell for? They can only get them from private sellers being not only realistic about the price but also leaving some space for trade seller's profit.
    Originally posted by QQQ
    Auctions, trade-ins, "we buy cars" adverts.

    People will be offered (and often accept) pretty low trade-in values.
    • angrycrow
    • By angrycrow 8th Sep 17, 8:23 AM
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    • 8th Sep 17, 8:23 AM
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    • 8th Sep 17, 8:23 AM
    As the last post most traders either buy cars from auction taking the risk. If they buy a lemon it goes straight back to the same auction site. It's why if you go to an auction and none of the traders are bidding on a particular car it has probably gone through a couple of times and word gets round it's a lemon.

    Traders often have contacts in the dealers who pass the best trade in cars on with little mark up on the trade in price. The rough trade ins go straight to auction.
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