What is best way to sell a car?

Mistermeaner
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Its a 2011 VW, in pretty good condition, 100K miles on it, 12 months MOT

Don't need it anymore so selling, trade in not an option as dont want to buy anything

Where is peoples experience is the best place to sell?

We buy any car have offered virtually nothing for it, there's similar cars on autotrader for 3-4X the amount

Any thoughts on motorway or Wow or any of the other car purchasing sites?

What about selling privately on autotrader or facebook etc.


thanks
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  • Exodi
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    My personal preference is Autotrader, I absolutely loath selling things on Facebook.

    For some reason, Facebook attracts the absolute worst of the worst type of buyers.

    "Is this available?" "Yes it is :)" *silence*

    "I see you have this listed for £2,000, would you accept £500, collect today?"

    "Would you deliver? I live in Inverness? Happy to pay £10 extra for fuel."

    etc, etc.
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  • Desmond_Hume
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    I agree with the above. Use AutoTrader if you want to sell privately. Facebook is awash with time wasting idiots. 
  • motorguy
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    edited 3 January at 2:59PM
    I think Facebook is the place to sell it, especially an older car like that.

    Put all the pertinent info in the advert - miles, history, MOT, condition, etc.

    Yes, you get the dolts but just either ignore them or block them.

    The "is this still available?" is the standard engagement that Facebook offers someone enquiring to click on.  Personally, i reply with "it is yes" and see if they come back.  If they dont no worries.


  • Dave_5150
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    edited 3 January at 3:52PM
    I value my time and sanity too much to deal with private sales.. I always use car buying services now for convenience, speed and avoiding people related issues (e.g. timewasters / scammers / contact after sale etc.).

    Try a few online as prices vary wildly. Also be 100% honest with your description to avoid disappointment later.
  • facade
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    You don't mention ££, but what is it worth to you to just wave goodbye to it at WBAC or when Carwow collect it compared to the cost of the advert, all the timewasters, and then when it does sell, the hassle of dealing with a buyer who wants a full refund after 3 months because the engine is making a noise (as there is no oil left in it after 10,000 miles...)

    Unless you can easily get £1000 more after costs and are prepared for all the potential hassle just use the car buying services.
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  • motorguy
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    facade said:
    You don't mention ££, but what is it worth to you to just wave goodbye to it at WBAC or when Carwow collect it compared to the cost of the advert, all the timewasters, and then when it does sell, the hassle of dealing with a buyer who wants a full refund after 3 months because the engine is making a noise (as there is no oil left in it after 10,000 miles...)

    Unless you can easily get £1000 more after costs and are prepared for all the potential hassle just use the car buying services.
    Given the O/P said "We buy any car have offered virtually nothing for it" and 2011 Polos with under 100,000 miles start at £3,300 and go to over £5,000, i certainly wouldnt be giving it away to a buying service.  Also dont forget ALL of them will knock back the price on an older car like this.  
  • motorguy
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    Exodi said:
    My personal preference is Autotrader, I absolutely loath selling things on Facebook.

    For some reason, Facebook attracts the absolute worst of the worst type of buyers.

    "Is this available?" "Yes it is :)" *silence*

    "I see you have this listed for £2,000, would you accept £500, collect today?"

    "Would you deliver? I live in Inverness? Happy to pay £10 extra for fuel."

    etc, etc.
    ""Is this available?" "Yes it is :)" *silence*" - it happens but if they're truly interested they'll come back.  If not, no loss.

    "I see you have this listed for £2,000, would you accept £500, collect today?" - No.  One word answer, dont engage further.

    "Would you deliver? I live in Inverness? Happy to pay £10 extra for fuel." - No.  One word answer, dont engage further.

    Not seeing a great deal of hassle involved in replying.  If they persist with being dolts block them.


  • motorguy
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    I'm genuinely shocked at these "give it away to a buying service" responses.

    O/P - you could replicate this by taking a large amount of money and flushing it down the toilet?
  • Mistermeaner
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    edited 3 January at 8:35PM
    Thanks for comments I stuck it on Facebook and autotrader 

    had enquiries already via auto trader email system , bizarrely their security advice says never to give out personal information so how the heck do I arrange for people to come and view ? 

    I also had a call from a mobile that left a voicemail interested in the car from auto trader , again auto trader say not to share your contact details so how the heck did someone get my number ?

    so confused ? I assume I can give people my address and phone number if they’ve enquired through autotrader 
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  • jimjames
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    I also had a call from a mobile that left a voicemail interested in the car from auto trader , again auto trader say not to share your contact details so how the heck did someone get my number ?

    so confused ? I assume I can give people my address and phone number if they’ve enquired through autotrader 
    Presumably you had to give your number when you placed the advert? Autotrader usually have a number masking system so the call gets to you but they don't show your number. I'd speak to someone first as it gives a good way to flush out timewasters. Then you can give your details if they want to view. Probably less risky giving those on an older car worth £2000 than a supercar than might be nicked.
    Remember the saying: if it looks too good to be true it almost certainly is.
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