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Selling an old (but Ulez compliant!) car

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ChilliBob
ChilliBob Posts: 2,093 Forumite
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Hey guys, 

My folks are trying to sell their old car (a second one, not main one). I'm trying to find out what the easiest way is of doing this, least hassle being the priority. Essentially they're both 80+ and if the chosen method means a few hundred quid less than something else then so be it. 

It's a 17 year old petrol VW golf.

I've checked we buy any car and motorway, are those the best two routes to look down?

Once you start the ball rolling with one of them is it a pretty quick process?

Just wanting to feel this out really - nobody in the family has sold a car for about 30 years!

Cheers :) 
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  • la531983
    la531983 Posts: 1,987 Forumite
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    Motorway were very easy when I used them a few months ago. 
  • ChilliBob
    ChilliBob Posts: 2,093 Forumite
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    Cool, cheers, how quickly did it all happen? My Dad's insurance is due on 7th Sep so he's hoping to wrap it up before then!

    Looks like at best they would get about 1.2k for it tbh so having to pay extra insurance for it would be a bit of a pain! 
  • la531983
    la531983 Posts: 1,987 Forumite
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    edited 30 August 2023 at 3:30PM
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    ChilliBob said:
    Cool, cheers, how quickly did it all happen? My Dad's insurance is due on 7th Sep so he's hoping to wrap it up before then!

    Looks like at best they would get about 1.2k for it tbh so having to pay extra insurance for it would be a bit of a pain! 
    I had to put off the collection as was waiting on a new car but they were originally wanting to come and uplift the car a mere 5 days after I originally posted the pictures.

    Had the price by the day after the pictures were uploaded. 
  • ChilliBob
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    Ah okay cool, sounds like he'd be pretty lucky to have it done before the insurance is due then, but I guess perhaps it doesn't need to be insured for them to buy it as long as its not used. 
  • la531983
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    ChilliBob said:
    Ah okay cool, sounds like he'd be pretty lucky to have it done before the insurance is due then, but I guess perhaps it doesn't need to be insured for them to buy it as long as its not used. 
    He wouldn't be covered if someone came along and set the car on fire, mind. 
  • ChilliBob
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    la531983 said:
    ChilliBob said:
    Ah okay cool, sounds like he'd be pretty lucky to have it done before the insurance is due then, but I guess perhaps it doesn't need to be insured for them to buy it as long as its not used. 
    He wouldn't be covered if someone came along and set the car on fire, mind. 
    Yeah, fair point, fortunately, I suspect that's unlikely! If the insurance would give a rebate from the yearly cost it might be okay, they are giving them a call I believe 
  • la531983
    la531983 Posts: 1,987 Forumite
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    Usually an admin fee but worth checking, cooling off period may apply if 14 days or less.

    I would get on with uploading the pictures to Motorway and cross that bridge on the 6th if still not sorted, insurance can be bought the day before if needed. It can also be transferred to a new car of course. 
  • CliveOfIndia
    CliveOfIndia Posts: 1,538 Forumite
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    ChilliBob said:
    Ah okay cool, sounds like he'd be pretty lucky to have it done before the insurance is due then, but I guess perhaps it doesn't need to be insured for them to buy it as long as its not used. 
    Don't forget, if it's got no insurance then it needs to be SORN'd as well (and actually kept off the road), otherwise your Dad may end up with a fine from DVLA - although, a fine is not immediate, you get a warning letter first.  It also means the car can't be taken for a test-drive, and will need the buyer to collect it on a trailer.  Probably not an issue if he sells it to WBAC or similar, but just something to bear in mind.
    If, for whatever, the insurance does become an issue for a few days, there are plenty of companies that offer temporary insurance if needed.

  • la531983
    la531983 Posts: 1,987 Forumite
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    Also remember he would get nothing back for the 8-30 September from the DVLA for a mid month SORN
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    la531983 said:
    ChilliBob said:
    Ah okay cool, sounds like he'd be pretty lucky to have it done before the insurance is due then, but I guess perhaps it doesn't need to be insured for them to buy it as long as its not used. 
    He wouldn't be covered if someone came along and set the car on fire, mind. 
    Is that a common occurrence? I guess it depends on where you live
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