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I wanted to hear from you guys who have sold a car online. Which website did you find was quickest to sell your car (especially this time of the year? I have been extremely lazy regarding sellin… Read More
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7m, 1w agoPosted 7 months, 1 week ago
I wanted to hear from you guys who have sold a car online.

Which website did you find was quickest to sell your car (especially this time of the year?

I have been extremely lazy regarding selling my 1st car (had my new car since Jan and barely ever used this one) and personally think i have left it too late to be putting it up for sale so close to Christmas as people may be short on ££ - but then I think it could be bought for someone for Christmas. So i am really not sure if this is a good time to sell?

From what I have heard Auto-trader offers the most benefits for a quick sale with the most viewers online - with the £60 6 weeks ad!
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7m, 1w agoPosted 7 months, 1 week ago
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#1
eBay motors is your best bet, as well as local Facebook selling pages..

Just remember to overprice it a bit, as everyone will think they are Arthur Daily and want a good deal..

Right now is prob the worst time to sell December & January as no one really has money to spend..

I hate buying and selling 2nd hand car market its just a minefield of dishonest people looking to rip you off in one way or another, used dealers are no better either, they just have the facility to slap a dodgy 12 month MOT on most cars...

Edited By: haritori on Dec 11, 2016 23:31
#2
In my experience this time of year is very quite as people channelling their money else where i.e CRIMBO! So you may want to hold off. However, if the price is right you'll find someone may snap it up.

AutoTrader is quite a good place to start.

All the best,

Edited By: MRPRO_MO2012 on Dec 11, 2016 23:31
#3
haritori
eBay motors is your best bet, as well as local Facebook selling pages..
Just remember to overprice it a bit, as everyone will think they are Arthur Daily and want a good deal..
Right now is prob the worst time to sell December & January as no one really has money to spend..

I would never advertise it on facebook. With the amount of n**s on there I get when i list a simple phone for sale. Full of chavs/dreamers.
#4
gumtree if you're wise to all the possible scams
#5
JaYy_dOg
haritori
eBay motors is your best bet, as well as local Facebook selling pages..
Just remember to overprice it a bit, as everyone will think they are Arthur Daily and want a good deal..
Right now is prob the worst time to sell December & January as no one really has money to spend..
I would never advertise it on facebook. With the amount of n**s on there I get when i list a simple phone for sale. Full of chavs/dreamers.

See its where I had best luck on the dedicated Cars For Sale Pages but i only know full well how bad it is to sell used, I bought a new car in June 2015 and the Mrs in November same year, and in a couple of years I plan on selling it and leasing.. I do not envy you...
#6
I've had success selling cars in autotrader.

It's expensive but do it through quidco and you can get some Cashback.

I recon January will be a better time to sell, people aren't just broke at the moment but they're stressed and busy so buying a car will be at the bottom of the list of things to do.
#7
Gumtree is good!
#8
Shpock is a good place to sell, it is totaly free to advertise and really easy to use, its a free app. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=shpock&oq=shpock&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.2931j0j4&client=tablet-android-samsung&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8
#9
Spent about £50 trying to sell car on autotrader (got 1 enquiry in about 4 weeks). Put it on gumtree and got 3 enquiries (sold next day via Gumtree enquiry).
#10
If you advertise the car on Autotrader or similar, be prepared for lots of calls from dealers/agents offering to put you on a list of private sellers that they are running and have buyers lined up for your type of car...time wasters who want to charge you a fee for nothing. Make sure you stipulate 'private buyers only-no trade or agents'.

I've sold one car via eBay, worked really well, actually got near asking price and no aggravation.

Depending upon where you live/work, you could also try the old fashioned way of a for sale sign in the windows of the car (include some brief details plus price)

Good luck.
#11
JaYy_dOg
Which website did you find was quickest to sell your car (especially this time of the year?

Pistonheads.com Classifieds section worked for me last time I sold a car privately.

Alternatively, eBay Motors.
#12
I find Gumtree good to sell small items but never sold a car. However, whenever I've met its usually in a public place and where there is CCTV incase you get scammers. Make sure you get them to contact you through emails on gumtree hen take it from there.
#13
Just sold a car last month. Here's my feedback - hope it helps!

Sold a 6 series convertible - valued at 7.5k by parkers, listed it at 6.8k as I have a new car being delivered this month so just wanted it shifted.

eBay Motors
Heard from someone who tried Autotrader and had no success that he sold his car on eBay within a week (he sold a Nissan 350). It costs £20 for a classified ad and so I thought I'd give them a go first. In the 1 month the advert was live, all I received were stupid offers. No sale.

Autotrader
Paid £56 for advertising here. After 2 weeks I had received 1 call which turned into a viewing and an agreement to purchase but never heard from him again. Nobody else called apart from text messages from companies willing to sell the car on my behalf.

Gumtree
Advertised it for FREE on the Friday. Started receiving phone calls and emails the same day. Car was gone Saturday night at £200 under the asking price. Note you will get stupid companies calling you up and asking if you've had an accident.

Obviously people do get different results depending on the car that they're selling but I was shocked at how much response I got on Gumtree.

Good luck selling your car!

Edited By: The_IMF on Dec 12, 2016 00:36
#14
Just to add - I have been scammed before with a fake bankers draft about 15 years ago so I only ever accept bank transfers when I sell a car. It's the safest way and it's instant.
#15
Ive just checked Pistonheads for a similar cars - wow! The difference in prices is almost double! Ebay am seeing around 2k, autotrader 3k and pistonhead 4.5k+! what the.. ???
#16
JaYy_dOg
Ive just checked Pistonheads for a similar cars - wow! The difference in prices is almost double! Ebay am seeing around 2k, autotrader 3k and pistonhead 4.5k+! what the.. ???

Never used pistonheads but always thought the same about the prices on some of the cars there!

Check the value of your car - parkers do it and so does Autotrader before you pay anything to sell it.

Edited By: The_IMF on Dec 12, 2016 00:45
#17
The_IMF
Just sold a car last month. Here's my feedback - hope it helps!
Sold a 6 series convertible - valued at 7.5k by parkers, listed it at 6.8k as I have a new car being delivered this month so just wanted it shifted.
eBay Motors
Heard from someone who tried Autotrader and had no success that he sold his car on eBay within a week (he sold a Nissan 350). It costs £20 for a classified ad and so I thought I'd give them a go first. In the 1 month the advert was live, all I received were stupid offers. No sale.
Autotrader
Paid £56 for advertising here. After 2 weeks I had received 1 call which turned into a viewing and an agreement to purchase but never heard from him again. Nobody else called apart from text messages from companies willing to sell the car on my behalf.
Gumtree
Advertised it for FREE on the Friday. Started receiving phone calls and emails the same day. Car was gone Saturday night at £200 under the asking price. Note you will get stupid companies calling you up and asking if you've had an accident.
Obviously people do get different results depending on the car that they're selling but I was shocked at how much response I got on Gumtree.
Good luck selling your car!
I've sold 8-10 motor vehicles on gumtree in the past 18 months, had many silly offers and all that but each one went for higher than ebay, autotrader etc prices

I've only ever accepted cash and not had one single issue
#18
I guess Gumtree seems like the quickest/cheapest (free) - so will give it a go.

Cheers guys!
#19
I don't have any luck on auto trader, and that place charges so much fees its unreal.

What is the value of your car?.

The general rule i follow is:
List it on FACEBOOK, GUMTREE, PISTONHEADS as they are all free to list. If you have no luck then stick it on ebay motors.

All depends what your cars worth. Facebook tends to be full of people that can only afford £100 to £1500 cars (with some exceptions). Ebay is better for more expensive cars.
#20
I sold a car on eBay. It was quite an easy process. Yeah you will have to take some time replying (or ignoring) messages from people offering you £50 for it but for the price you get quite good value given the amount of people who see your ad. Buyer paid via bank transfer when collecting the car.
#21
I second gumtree. Accept cash only and get yourself a note checker pen to avoid being scammed with dodgy notes. Advertise it as sold as seen
#22
I've used eBay and Gumtree for selling a car, fees on eBay would put me off using that avenue again.

Gumtree was far easier, loads of interest and sold within a couple of weeks.

Search for same model/type/year as your car (eBay, Gumtree, Autotrader etc) and see what the asking price is locally, and use that as a guide, can also input reg on Autotrader and it gives you the average asking price for similar vehicle, bear in mind car prices vary depending on area.

Wash (polish helps also) and vacuum the vehicle, amazing the number of sellers that think buyers are happy with muddy mats etc when they advertise.

Clean tyres and bumpers if any, with back to black.

Alloys? ensure there clean and shiny.

Trims? renew them if there cracked/chipped, £15 or so for new trims does make a difference.

Clean the engine bay, old rags and wd40/gt85 work a treat.

These wont get a higher price for your car but these simple things attract more interest.

Plenty photos from all angles of the car, show front/back and both sides, include photo of (clean) engine bay, inside photos, large boot? show it off.

This is where GT comes into its own, free photos.

Good luck.
#23
haritori
eBay motors is your best bet, as well as local Facebook selling pages..

Just remember to overprice it a bit, as everyone will think they are Arthur Daily and want a good deal..

Right now is prob the worst time to sell December & January as no one really has money to spend..

I hate buying and selling 2nd hand car market its just a minefield of dishonest people looking to rip you off in one way or another, used dealers are no better either, they just have the facility to slap a dodgy 12 month MOT on most cars...

Disagree, overpricing a vehicle against competition means they look at yours last.

Price it according to the local market, remember its only worth what a buyer will pay, not what you want, more often than not you find somewhere in between.
#24
andynicol
haritori
eBay motors is your best bet, as well as local Facebook selling pages..Just remember to overprice it a bit, as everyone will think they are Arthur Daily and want a good deal..
Right now is prob the worst time to sell December & January as no one really has money to spend..
I hate buying and selling 2nd hand car market its just a minefield of dishonest people looking to rip you off in one way or another, used dealers are no better either, they just have the facility to slap a dodgy 12 month MOT on most cars...
Disagree, overpricing a vehicle against competition means they look at yours last.
Price it according to the local market, remember its only worth what a buyer will pay, not what you want, more often than not you find somewhere in between.

Your prob right, but I have always added £50.00 to the value of what I want, which I always come down on..
#25
I would ask what the car is? I'd use pistonheads for better / more expensive / unusual cars; ebay for mid market and gumtree for cheap.
#26
Tried Ebay - twice got nothing, Autotrader I only had one person phone up - Gumtree I got the most results and it was free.

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