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    • m0bov
    • By m0bov 12th Aug 18, 11:33 AM
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    Peoples experiances of WBAC and the like
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    • 12th Aug 18, 11:33 AM
    Peoples experiances of WBAC and the like 12th Aug 18 at 11:33 AM
    Going to be selling my Octavia vRS soon, its a 59plate, petrol DSGH 48k on the clock and FMDSH, no dents or scratches, no damage inside.

    WBAC have (online) valued it at 5.5k and another site at 6k. I have been offered 4.2k as trade in. I really need to get more than the trade in value. I know nobody can see my car but how picky are WBAC and what sort of things do they use to knock money off? I realize they will, but really want at least 5k for the car.

    Anyone on here got experience of using these kind of companies?

    Thanks for any feedback.
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    • uknick
    • By uknick 12th Aug 18, 12:36 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 12:36 PM
    I've put 3 cars through WBAC.

    If you're truly honest about the state of your car when you get the online valuation then that's pretty much what you'll get. But, don't forget their extra fee's; admin charge for the deal and if you want faster payment.
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 12th Aug 18, 5:10 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 5:10 PM
    I'll be amazed if you get 5K for it, even if they offer more than that to get you into the office they will easily find a host of things on a 9 year old car to reduce what they will actually pay. Keep that 4.2K trade in in reserve as it may end up being more than WBAC will give you.
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 12th Aug 18, 5:28 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 5:28 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 5:28 PM
    How much does a 59 Octavia vRS retail at?
    • Herzlos
    • By Herzlos 12th Aug 18, 6:15 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 6:15 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 6:15 PM
    Expect them to pick at everything to knock the price down a bit, then subtract their buying fees, and "the value in the system has changed"

    It's a lot above the trade in so it's worth a punt; you don't need to commit until their revised offer.
    • missile
    • By missile 12th Aug 18, 9:26 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 9:26 PM
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    • 12th Aug 18, 9:26 PM
    It is a no-brainer.

    They are offering more than a trade-in you have nothing to loose. Go to the appointment. If they find a fault or two and offer less than trade-in you can walk away.

    I did exactly that and got more from WBAC than dealer was prepared to pay as a trade-in on a new car.
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    • loskie
    • By loskie 13th Aug 18, 9:04 AM
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    • 13th Aug 18, 9:04 AM
    I sold my Volvo V50 to the car buying group, slightly better price than WBAC and no fees. Price given online then condition dicussed and agreed on phone. They came two days later, paid for by BACS and took the car away.
    I preferred it to BAC's process as they do have the upper hand when you take your car to them.
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 13th Aug 18, 11:05 AM
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    • 13th Aug 18, 11:05 AM
    I personally have a very poor opinion of WBAC, although their adverts are now honest about the fact they don't offer a great price but are quick and convenient. Years back they were caught with their pants around their ankles when internal e-mails were leaked with management telling staff to aim to knock around 70% off the online valuation or something outrageous. It was all over the papers and they were shown to pretty ruthlessly take advantage of people in need of quick money, offering even less than they would to people who were just casually visiting.

    As above, don't forget the admin charges as well.... is it worth it? They offered me some really poor amounts for a couple of cars I've owned in the past. I've not typed my new one in, but I suspect they would offer half of what it's worth and my feelings are, well, why bother? Sell privately and wait it out..... if you can
    • m0bov
    • By m0bov 13th Aug 18, 11:25 AM
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    • 13th Aug 18, 11:25 AM
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    • 13th Aug 18, 11:25 AM
    I def can sell private, I have about 14 weeks wait for the new car to be built. I would be looking at 6k for selling it private.
    • ratrace
    • By ratrace 13th Aug 18, 11:26 AM
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    Places like wbac are in the business to make money and are willing to buy your car on the spot albeit for not very much, unfortunately that is the price for convivence


    I went to them when i had a car i was selling and the chap went over it meticulously and picked faults that most of us would consider wear and tear due to age and miles, he offerd me a silly price so i just walked away and then sold the car privately but the amount of tyre kickers i had to deal with was crazy hence why some people choose to sell thier car via such places.



    op, take your car down see what they offer if its to low walk away simple
    People are caught up in an egotistic artificial rat race to display a false image to society. We want the biggest house, fanciest car, and we don't mind paying the sky high mortgage to put up that show. We sacrifice our biggest assets our health and time, We feel happy when we see people look up to us and see how successful we are

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    • Head The Ball
    • By Head The Ball 13th Aug 18, 12:23 PM
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    . If they find a fault or two and offer less than trade-in you can walk away....
    Originally posted by missile
    ...op, take your car down see what they offer if its to low walk away simple
    Originally posted by ratrace
    Or, better still, drive away.
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    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 13th Aug 18, 12:50 PM
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    Places like wbac are in the business to make money and are willing to buy your car on the spot albeit for not very much, unfortunately that is the price for convivence


    I went to them when i had a car i was selling and the chap went over it meticulously and picked faults that most of us would consider wear and tear due to age and miles, he offerd me a silly price so i just walked away and then sold the car privately but the amount of tyre kickers i had to deal with was crazy hence why some people choose to sell thier car via such places.



    op, take your car down see what they offer if its to low walk away simple
    Originally posted by ratrace
    I can usually tell a tyre kicker very quickly. I had a few who said they'd come and never arrived then a few who asked for loads of photos of really obscure things (like the wheel arch liners) and then never got back to me. Nowadays, I just list it and state that if they are interested to come and view..... ultimately, if someone wants a photo of the wheel arch liners, then they are probably the kind of person to kick off and moan about something trivial at the time of purchase or after. They can come and view the car and work out for themselves whether it's right for them, I'm bored of stupid games though.
    • jimjames
    • By jimjames 13th Aug 18, 1:13 PM
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    I went to them when i had a car i was selling and the chap went over it meticulously and picked faults that most of us would consider wear and tear due to age and miles, he offerd me a silly price so i just walked away and then sold the car privately but the amount of tyre kickers i had to deal with was crazy hence why some people choose to sell thier car via such places.
    Originally posted by ratrace
    Advertise your car right privately and if it's a decent car you shouldn't have issues with time wasters. Last few I've sold I've had no problems but advert was very descriptive and included good photos. I'm always amazed by the ads that have rubbish pictures and virtually no details that require lots of contact to determine the actual vehicle info.

    Had prices from WBAC before but always managed to sell for higher can very little effort, in one case for over 1000 more. Their adverts mention about how much you value your time, well I'd value a few hours of my time as well worth getting 1000 for.
    Remember the saying: if it looks too good to be true it almost certainly is.
    • missile
    • By missile 13th Aug 18, 3:03 PM
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    Or, better still, drive away.
    Originally posted by Head The Ball
    LOL
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    • m0bov
    • By m0bov 13th Aug 18, 5:20 PM
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    Thanks for the info and comments, I will try and sell privately, and look at WBAC as a bonus if its a good price.

    Regarding selling privately, would it be unreasonable to ask to see the buyers insurance (not just third party cover) and ID if they wanted a test drive? Also, ask to met at my bank when taking the payment in case, pay in and then hand over keys??

    CHeers.
    • ratrace
    • By ratrace 13th Aug 18, 5:43 PM
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    Thanks for the info and comments, I will try and sell privately, and look at WBAC as a bonus if its a good price.

    Regarding selling privately, would it be unreasonable to ask to see the buyers insurance (not just third party cover) and ID if they wanted a test drive? Also, ask to met at my bank when taking the payment in case, pay in and then hand over keys??

    CHeers.
    Originally posted by m0bov

    I would say asking to see a driving licence as a form of id is not being unreasonable after all its a stranger turning up to view it, although most people a good honest people you never know who will turn up so yes its best practise



    there was a chap i know who had his car stolen on a test drive and if you look online there are videos of people taking cars under the pretence of buying but they are generally high value cars (not trying to scare you but just a heads up)



    You will get more by selling private so from an mse point of view its the way to go , you can always fall back on the wbac or trade in



    good luck hope you get what your after from it
    People are caught up in an egotistic artificial rat race to display a false image to society. We want the biggest house, fanciest car, and we don't mind paying the sky high mortgage to put up that show. We sacrifice our biggest assets our health and time, We feel happy when we see people look up to us and see how successful we are

    Rat Race
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