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    • paddyraggy1993
    • By paddyraggy1993 4th Dec 17, 11:50 AM
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    Selling car with minor scuffs
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    • 4th Dec 17, 11:50 AM
    Selling car with minor scuffs 4th Dec 17 at 11:50 AM
    Hi there,
    New to the forums but been browsing in the background for quite a while.
    I'm planning on selling my current car in order to fund another, but I'm not sure about one thing.

    I have a couple of minor scuffs/scratches at the front of the car as well as on one of the wheels. My question is would it be cost effective to have these repaired before I sell the car, or just sell it with the scuffs in the expectation that they'll probably find something wrong with it anyway to take money off.
    I'm probably going to sell to Arnold Clark/WBAC for ease.

    Thanks in advance
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    • Comms69
    • By Comms69 4th Dec 17, 12:09 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 12:09 PM
    Hi there,
    New to the forums but been browsing in the background for quite a while.
    I'm planning on selling my current car in order to fund another, but I'm not sure about one thing.

    I have a couple of minor scuffs/scratches at the front of the car as well as on one of the wheels. My question is would it be cost effective to have these repaired before I sell the car, or just sell it with the scuffs in the expectation that they'll probably find something wrong with it anyway to take money off.
    I'm probably going to sell to Arnold Clark/WBAC for ease.

    Thanks in advance
    Originally posted by paddyraggy1993


    I was going to say it's not cost effective to sell privately.


    It definitely wont be cost effective to repair it for WBAC!


    I recently sold a car, but obviously this is just one experience:


    Real value probably £2,700ish, WBAC £1700, Sold privately and quickly for £2350.


    Stick it on Facebook and you'll get more I bet.
    • d0nkeyk0ng
    • By d0nkeyk0ng 4th Dec 17, 12:29 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 12:29 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 12:29 PM
    Depends on the car and what it's worth.

    £500 on-its-last legs banger, I wouldn't bother
    £50k car, I would.

    IIRC places like WBAC will quote a figure that reflects a car in mint condition. There will be a drop in the price offered. It depends then on whether it's worth getting the repairs done or not.
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 4th Dec 17, 1:27 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 1:27 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 1:27 PM
    Hi there,
    New to the forums but been browsing in the background for quite a while.
    I'm planning on selling my current car in order to fund another, but I'm not sure about one thing.

    I have a couple of minor scuffs/scratches at the front of the car as well as on one of the wheels. My question is would it be cost effective to have these repaired before I sell the car, or just sell it with the scuffs in the expectation that they'll probably find something wrong with it anyway to take money off.
    I'm probably going to sell to Arnold Clark/WBAC for ease.

    Thanks in advance
    Originally posted by paddyraggy1993
    Be honest about the condition on WBAC and see what the difference is? See if you can get the work done for less?

    WBAC are hyper critical. Its almost worth letting them find "something" though
    You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.
    • frugalmacdugal
    • By frugalmacdugal 4th Dec 17, 1:30 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 1:30 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 1:30 PM
    Hi,

    just say 'bought as seen', you pay your money you take your chance.
    Y'all take care now.
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 4th Dec 17, 1:51 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 1:51 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 1:51 PM
    Hi,

    just say 'bought as seen', you pay your money you take your chance.
    Originally posted by frugalmacdugal
    And that works with WBAC or Arnold Clark does it?
    You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.
    • n217970
    • By n217970 4th Dec 17, 3:37 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 3:37 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 3:37 PM
    I was going to say it's not cost effective to sell privately.


    It definitely wont be cost effective to repair it for WBAC!


    I recently sold a car, but obviously this is just one experience:


    Real value probably £2,700ish, WBAC £1700, Sold privately and quickly for £2350.


    Stick it on Facebook and you'll get more I bet.
    Originally posted by Comms69
    Similar experience

    Dealers forecourt value - £4k-5k
    Trade in - £1200!
    WBAC - £1800
    Sold privately inperfections and all for £3400!

    All it cost was £50 in advertising and 3 hours on a Saturday morning cleaning and polishing. Sold it within 4 days.
    • bertiewhite
    • By bertiewhite 4th Dec 17, 3:47 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 3:47 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 3:47 PM

    All it cost was £50 in advertising and 3 hours on a Saturday morning cleaning and polishing. Sold it within 4 days.
    Originally posted by n217970
    I was going to suggest that the OP gives it a good polish, or even shells out for a professional valet - it's amazing what a few hours in the right hands can do.
    • kev25v6
    • By kev25v6 4th Dec 17, 6:19 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 6:19 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 6:19 PM
    Or just sell it in the dark
    • paddyraggy1993
    • By paddyraggy1993 5th Dec 17, 3:58 PM
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    Thanks for the responses! I haven't been driving for all that long and car knowledge isn't my strong suit

    The car is actually quite new, I'm only selling it because (not very MSE) my parents have offered me their car at a substantial discount and I couldn't resist!

    When I plug the car/mileage in I get a quote back for £10,800 and then when I put in details of the damage it comes up £10,400. I'm sure the repairs wouldn't cost £400 as they are very minor scuffs however I'd be worried of spending money on repairs and then (given the reputation of these places) them offering the lower amount anyway because of X, Y or Z that they manage to find.

    I guess I'll just have to get a proper quotation for both repairs and sale value and see if it's worth it. Just thought I'd enquire as I've been reading these forums without posting for quite some time
    • Shaka_Zulu
    • By Shaka_Zulu 5th Dec 17, 4:25 PM
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    Either get the polish out or just send it for a valet.

    I remember arguing with a guy about a £60 full valet (lease car return) and his comment was why don't you do it yourself.

    I did quit moaning after I had thought about it for a minute. It would have taken me hours.
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