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    • Morbier
    • By Morbier 3rd Jul 18, 4:39 PM
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    Advice needed, selling car privately
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    • 3rd Jul 18, 4:39 PM
    Advice needed, selling car privately 3rd Jul 18 at 4:39 PM
    Hello all

    Newbie here, so bear with me.

    Im selling my Mini Cooper S privately as I assume that I will get more money for it that way.

    However, being a lady of a certain age I am a bit worried about when it comes to taking prospective buyers for a test drive. Nothing wrong with the car, I hasten to add, just me feeling very vulnerable with strangers in my car. What if a couple of big, burly blokes turn up?! Never mind whether we could all fit in a Mini! What is there to stop them chucking me out and driving off with my car?

    I know I have to make sure they have insurance before I let them drive, and I know not to leave the engine running while I am outside the car, in case they jump in and drive off but what else should I do?

    Apologies in advance to any big, burly blokes who would never harm little old (well, not that old) ladies! It was just an example of my fears.

    Some useful hints from anyone who has been in this situation would be very welcome, thanks.
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    • alan_d
    • By alan_d 3rd Jul 18, 4:45 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 18, 4:45 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 18, 4:45 PM
    I think you're worrying too much.
    If you're unhappy with the potential buyer(s) then you could refuse to let them drive it.
    Or take the hit and use we-buy-any-car or trade it in.
    • foxy-stoat
    • By foxy-stoat 3rd Jul 18, 4:51 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 18, 4:51 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 18, 4:51 PM
    Arrange to have a big burly friend with you when they come to test drive.
    • EdGasketTheSecond
    • By EdGasketTheSecond 3rd Jul 18, 5:31 PM
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    • #4
    • 3rd Jul 18, 5:31 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 18, 5:31 PM
    Insist on seeing that they are insured to drive it (usually drive another car witht he owners permission). If they aren't just offer to demonstrate it to them with you driving.


    Might be less hassle to just sell it to WeBuyAnyCar or similar.
    • Morbier
    • By Morbier 3rd Jul 18, 5:45 PM
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    • #5
    • 3rd Jul 18, 5:45 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 18, 5:45 PM
    Yes, I agree that WeBuyAnyCar would save on the hassle but I!!!8217;m being penny-pinching and trying to get as much as I can for it.

    I understand that WBAC would offer less than I could get on eBay/Autotrader etc but I!!!8217;ve also heard that when you take it in, they reduce their offer further.

    Yes, I!!!8217;d also thought of having a big burly bloke with me but there!!!8217;s a limit to how many people you can get in a Mini!, (legally)!
    • Penelopa.Pitstop
    • By Penelopa.Pitstop 3rd Jul 18, 5:51 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 18, 5:51 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 18, 5:51 PM
    I took buyer on a test drive, he was just sitting on passenger side and listening to any noise or potential issues. Actually, it wasn't even buyer, but his friend.

    Alternative to WBAC is Tootle.co.uk You advertise your car there and get offers from traders. I successfully sold my previous car this way, got decent offers and it was hassle free. It's free for seller, trader pays commission to the website.

    • Morbier
    • By Morbier 3rd Jul 18, 5:59 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 18, 5:59 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 18, 5:59 PM
    I!!!8217;ve heard of Tootle but thought it was for newer cars, mine!!!8217;s ten years old.

    I like the idea of letting the prospective purchaser sitting in the passenger seat on a test drive. Wouldn!!!8217;t they be suspicious if I refused to let them drive? There!!!8217;s absolutely nothing wrong with it but I!!!8217;m trying to look at it from a buyer!!!8217;s point of view.

    I may be making mountains out of molehills . . .
    • Penelopa.Pitstop
    • By Penelopa.Pitstop 3rd Jul 18, 6:05 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 18, 6:05 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 18, 6:05 PM
    Tootle is free, so you can still try it, you won't lose a lot, except 15 minutes, to post an ad.

    • Morbier
    • By Morbier 3rd Jul 18, 6:06 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 18, 6:06 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 18, 6:06 PM
    Why do my apostrophes keep coming out funny?
    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 3rd Jul 18, 6:40 PM
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    Why do my apostrophes keep coming out funny?
    Originally posted by Morbier
    You're probably using an iThing of some kind made by the evil empire.
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    • Morbier
    • By Morbier 3rd Jul 18, 10:37 PM
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    Yep. Not getting into an argument about that!

    In response to Penelopa, the Tootle web site says they don!!!8217;t deal with cars over ten years (mine was ten in April) but I put the details in anyway. It came up with a really ridiculously low price so I shan!!!8217;t bother. Thanks for the idea.
    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 3rd Jul 18, 10:56 PM
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    Yep. Not getting into an argument about that!

    In response to Penelopa, the Tootle web site says they don!!!8217;t deal with cars over ten years (mine was ten in April) but I put the details in anyway. It came up with a really ridiculously low price so I shan!!!8217;t bother. Thanks for the idea.
    Originally posted by Morbier
    Rest assured you're unlikely to be turned over for a ten year old mini.
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    • chrisw
    • By chrisw 3rd Jul 18, 11:11 PM
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    Why do my apostrophes keep coming out funny?
    Originally posted by Morbier
    It's an issue with IOS11.

    In Settings, tap General. Then, tap Keyboards, and toggle Smart Punctuation to off.
    • scaredofdebt
    • By scaredofdebt 4th Jul 18, 9:12 AM
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    It's not iOS, I get it on my Windows laptop, the web-designers here are clueless.

    Te!!!8217;st

    That was copied and pasted from Outlook (ie Windows) so it's an encoding issue, pretty trivial to fix.
    Last edited by scaredofdebt; 04-07-2018 at 9:17 AM. Reason: Well I did get it yesterday!
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    • Penelopa.Pitstop
    • By Penelopa.Pitstop 4th Jul 18, 2:03 PM
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    Yep. Not getting into an argument about that!

    In response to Penelopa, the Tootle web site says they don!!!8217;t deal with cars over ten years (mine was ten in April) but I put the details in anyway. It came up with a really ridiculously low price so I shan!!!8217;t bother. Thanks for the idea.
    Originally posted by Morbier
    Ok, I wasn't aware of that limitation, my car was 4 years old. Might be useful info for others.

    I don't sell cars myself too often, but sold two recently: one to trader via website mentioned and one privately and it was easier than I expected it to be.

    • alan_d
    • By alan_d 4th Jul 18, 4:56 PM
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    I sold a car last week.
    It was 14 years old with 258k miles on it. Buyer sat in passenger seat while I drove through a mix of roads. Offered him to drive on return, but he didn't want to, was happy with the car and paid deposit.
    Personally i'd want to drive it, but it, is all legal etc.
    • Morbier
    • By Morbier 4th Jul 18, 5:40 PM
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    Thanks for all your responses.
    To ChrisW: I've turned off Smart Punctuation and it's working OK so far, thanks!
    To ScaredofDebt: glad to hear Windows is still as temperamental as when I left it years ago. Sorry, couldn't resist it!
    To AndyMc: yes, I realise that on the face of it, a ten year old Mini doesn't sound quite the same as a nearly new Fiesta (for example) but it is a Cooper S with all the toys you could ask for and I love it dearly.

    As I said before, I'm probably anticipating non-existent problems.

    Thanks everyone for your helpful comments. I've been a lurker on this site for ages and this was a good first-time experience.
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